The correct spelling of Elvis's middle name. His father, Vernon, incorrectly spelled the name "Aron" on his birth certificate. Elvis later legally changed his name to "Aaron" which is how it appears on his gravestone. Elvis was named after Aaron Kennedy, a good friend of Vernon.
Las vegas hotel where Elvis and Priscilla were married on May 1, 1967 at approximately 9:41 a.m. The ceremony lasted about eight minutes and took place in the private suite of the owner of the hotel, Milton Prell. The Alladin Hotel was torn down by explosion in April of 1998 to make way for a new resort.
Girlfriend of Elvis at the time of his death in 1977. Ginger's sister, Terry, was Miss Tennessee in 1976. After seeing Terry on a local television show, Elvis wished to meet her, so a meeting was set up by Memphis disc jockey and personal friend George Klein. Ginger was present at the meeting, and Elvis became fascinated with her instead of Terry.
Ginger, who was 19 years younger than Elvis, was his fiancee at the time of his death. Ginger claims that Elvis proposed to her on January 26, 1977, in the bathroom adjacent to his bedroom. She wore an eleven and a half carat diamond engagement ring valued at $60,000-$70,000. They were to be married on Christmas Day 1977. It was Ginger who discovered Elvis's body on that fateful day August 16, 1977.
The misspelling of Elvis's name printed on the tickets when he appeared at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on June 8, 1956.
Swedish born actress, singer and dancer. She and Elvis developed a close relationship when she was Elvis's leading lady in Viva Las Vegas in 1964. Priscilla Presley admits the relationship caused her to be extremely jealous.
Battleship sunk by Japanese bombers at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. What is little known about the memorial in its honor, is the role Elvis had in its being built. On march 21, 1961, Elvis participated in a benefit concert for the USS Arizona Memorial Fund which raised $62,000 toward its construction.
Memphis hospital at 899 Madison Avenue where Elvis was a patient on several occasions: March 1970 (treatment for an eye infection which was determined to be glaucoma of the left eye); October 1973 (pneumonia); January-February 1975 (hypertension and impacted colon); August-Spetember 1975 (exhaustion); April 1, 1977 (fatigue and intestinal flue). Baptist Memorial is also the location of the birth of Lisa Marie in 1968, Elvis's death on August 16, 1977, and death of Vernon Presley on June 26, 1979.
Mother of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley and wife of Joseph Paul Beaulieu, whom she married after the death of her husband, James Wagner, Priscilla's birth father.
Priscilla's step-father who adopted her when she was a child. Joseph Paul Beaulieu was a captain stationed with the 1405 Support Squadron at the Weisbaden Air Force base in West Germany, where Priscilla first met Elvis in 1959. He retired in California with the rank of colonel.
(May 25, 1945- ) Ex-wife of Elvis Presley. Priscilla is the daughter of Ann Beaulieu and James Wagner, who died in a plane crash in 1945 when Priscilla was six months old. Priscilla was later adopted by her mother's second husband, Joseph Beaulieu. Joseph Beaulieu was a captain in the Air Force stationed in Germany when Priscilla met Elvis at age fourteen. Elvis sent for Priscilla to spend Christmas with him at Graceland in 1960, and shortly after asked for permission from Priscilla's father to allow her to come live in Memphis under the guardianship of Elvis's family. After a year of consideration, and much fighting with Priscilla, he finally agreed in October 1962 to allow Priscilla to live at Graceland. She enrolled at Immaculate Conception High School, and later, on June 14, 1963, graduated and then enrolled at Patricia Stevens Finishing School. Elvis finally proposed to Priscilla on Christmas Eve, 1966 and the two were wed May 1, 1967 during a private ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in La Vegas. Nine months to the day of the wedding, Lisa Marie was born to Elvis and Priscilla on February 1, 1968. Priscilla left Elvis on February 23, 1972 after an affair with Mike Stone, a karate instructor, who at the same time was pursuing a divorce from his own wife. Elvis sued Priscilla for divorce in Santa Monica, California on August 18, 1972, and the divorce became final on October 9, 1973. After entering and leaving several ventures, Priscilla broke into the television industry making her debut as a guest on the Tony Orlando NBC special in 1979. She went on to co-host the series "Those Amazing Animals," and later became a regular on "Dallas" as Bobby Ewing's high school sweetheart Jenna Wade. On March 1, 1987, Priscilla gave birth to a son, Navarone, with Brazilian writer-director Marco Garibaldi. Priscilla later wrote a tell-all book about her life with Elvis titled "Elvis and Me," which later became a television mini-series. Today, she persists in wearing the name Presley and serves as CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, solely owned by her daughter.
The main north-south street in Memphis, of which the southern portion was later named Elvis Presley Boulevard. The entire street was not renamed because of the Bellevue Baptist Church who members protested over the fact of being known as the Elvis Presley Baptist Church.
(1926-1965) Bass player who backed Elvis in many of his first performances and recordings in the fifties. Elvis, Black and lead guitarist Scotty Moore were briefly known as the Blue Moon Boys in 1955. Black and Moore left Elvis on September 21, 1957 over a salary dispute. Black and Moore were making $100 per week salaries while Elvis made millions. Bill Black went on to form the Bill Black Combo and recorded several hit instrumental songs. Bill Black died on October 21, 1965 during surgery to remove a brain tumor. He left behind his wife, Evelyn, and three daughters.
The day of March 24, 1958 as dubbed by the press when Elvis entered the army.
Female vocal trio who backed Elvis on the 1968 Comeback Special. The members were Darlene Love, Jean King and Fanita Jones. Elvis wanted the Blossoms to accompany him on his upcoming concert tours, but prior commitments prohibited them from doing so. Elvis, instead, was backed by the Sweet Inspirations.
Minister of the Woodvale Church of Christ in Memphis who conducted Elvis funeral at Graceland on August 18, 1977 at 2:00 p.m. Bradley was known to the family through David Stanley, Elvis's step-brother.
Los Angeles attorney who represented Priscilla in her divorce with Elvis.
Memphis gas station attendant Elvis punched on October 18, 1956, in the Ed Hopper incident. (See ED HOPPER)
Singer and entertainer who befriended Elvis after meeting him at a party at the Hyatt Continental Hotel in Hollywood. They spent that evening together singing several gospel songs at the piano. They became lifelong friends. Elvis even wanted to record together with Brown, but that deal was nixed by Colonel Tom Parker. Upon hearing the news of Elvis's death, Brown immediately flew to Memphis to comfort Priscilla and Lisa Marie and to attend the funeral.
Elvis's lead guitarist in the TCB band which backed Elvis in concert in the 70s.
Word Elvis used for milk from childhood until his death.
Favorite car of Elvis, both in ownership and as gifts to friends and strangers. In Elvis's funeral procession, there were eleven white Cadillacs.
The official cause of Elvis's death defined as an irregular and ineffective heartbeat due to hypertensive heart disease or myocardial infarction. Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis's personal physician, has stated that prior to Elvis's fatal heart attack on August 16, 1977, he had suffered three previous heart attacks.
Graceland valet of Elvis.
French poodle owned by Elvis while stationed in the army in West Germany.
School in Memphis where Elvis enrolled for the eighth grade when his parents moved from Tupelo.
CIRCLE G RANCH
163-acre cattle ranch located at the corner of Goodman and Horn Lake roads near Walls, Mississippi, ten miles south of Graceland. Elvis later named the ranch the Flying Circle G Ranch because there was already a Circle G Ranch in Texas. Elvis discovered the ranch while driving down Horn Lake Road. A fifty foot high white cross on the property caught his eye and prompted him to buy the ranch from airplane salesman Jack Adams for $300,000. The ranch was previously named Twinkletown Farm before Elvis renamed it the Circle G, with the "G" standing for Graceland. The ranch generated no income and began to drain Elvis's personal savings. At one time, Elvis purchased 25 Ford Ranchero trucks and distributed them to friends and whoever was present at the time. The ranch was a safe haven for Elvis and Priscilla who frequented the place often and stayed in the three bedroom trailer on the grounds, although there was a single bedroom ranch house as well. Elvis added eight other trailers for friends and staff. He also purchased eighteen head of Santa Gertrudis cattle and stocked the ranch lake with fish. At the advice of Vernon and others, Elvis finally realized the enormous costs involved in upkeep, and sold the ranch on May 21 to Lou McClellan for $440,100.
Governor of Tennessee in 1953 who conferred on Tom Parker the honorary title of Colonel.
Brand of toothpaste preferred and used by Elvis.
Horse at Graceland bought by Elvis for Vernon.
Memphis electrical contracting firm where Elvis worked when he began recording for Sun Studios.
DEAN, JAMES BYRON
Actor in the 1950s whose successful career was cut short by a car accident. Dean was one of if not the favorite actor of Elvis. Dean's 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause was Elvis's favorite movie, and he memorized every line. After the death of Dean in 1955, Elvis reportedly wanted to play the role of James Dean in the film The James Dean Story. The film wound up as a documentary, so Elvis as Dean never materialized. Elvis once said Of Dean, "I would never compare myself in any way to James Dean because James Dean was a genius. I sure would like to, I mean, I guess a lot of actors in Hollywood would like to have had the ability that James Dean had, but I would never compare myself to James Dean in any way."
Horse given to Priscilla by Elvis. After their divorce she moved the horse from Graceland to California.
Memphis firm that built the Music Gates for Graceland in 1957.
Gladys Presley's French poodle named for actor John Wayne.
Elvis's boot size in the Army.
EAST TUPELO GARDEN
Group that restored Elvis's birth place in Tupelo, Mississippi and opened it to the public on June 1, 1971.
Town where Elvis was born on January 8, 1935. At that time East Tupelo had a population less than 6,000. In 1948, East Tupelo merged with Tupelo.
One of Elvis's pet dogs.
Governor of Tennessee who conferred the honorary title of colonel to Elvis on March 8, 1961. Later, on September 29, 1967, Ellington declared "Elvis Presley Day" throughout Tennessee.
ELVIS ARON PRESLEY
Name given to the 104 mile stretch of Highway 78 running between Tupelo, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. The name change was effected in December 1977.
Number one aide and road manager to Elvis. Elvis met Joe while in the military in West Germany. Along with Marty Lacker, Esposito served as Elvis's best man in his marriage to Priscilla.
Elvis's weight at birth.
Elvis's age at time of his death on August 16, 1977.
Age of Elvis's mother, Gladys, at the time of her death on August 14, 1958. It is a common misstatement that Elvis and his mother both died at the age of 42. Galdys's brother, John, did die at the age of 42.
Number of cars in Elvis's funeral procession on Thursday, August 18, 1977.
Colonel Tom Parker's share of Elvis's income from January 2, 1967 until his death in 1977. Since Parker was also paid as the technical advisor on Elvis's films, he actually made more money on the movies than Elvis.
Selective Service number for Elvis Presley when he registered for the draft.
Elvis's Army serial number from 1958 to 1960.
Actress and singer who was Elvis's leading lady in three of his feature films: Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966), and Clambake (1967). She also starred on the 1960s television programs "The Donna Reid Show," "The Brian Keith Show," and "The Practice." In 1962, She had a million selling number one song titled "Johnny Angel" which was knocked out of the number one spot by Elvis's "Good Luck Charm." Today, Fabares stars in the hit show "Coach" starring Haden Fry. She plays Fry's wife, Christine.
OF GOD CHURCH
Elvis's religious affiliation from childhood. Gladys Presley once remarked of Elvis, "When Elvis was just a little fellow, he would slide off my lap, run down the aisle, and scramble up to the front of the church. He would stand looking up at the choir and try to sing with them."
Elvis's drummer from 1955 to 1969.
Elvis's favorite sport. Elvis organized his own touch football team from among his "Memphis Mafia" and called the team "Elvis Presley Enterprises." They played around the grounds at Graceland and on the movie sets during breaks.
FOREST HILL CEMETERY
Original burial site of both Gladys and Elvis Presley. After an attempted body snatching, both of their bodies were moved to the grounds of Graceland in 1977.
U.S. Army post in Arkansas where Elvis received his indoctrination, medical shots, and Army fatigues in March 1958.
U.S. Army Post in New Jersey where Elvis was discharged on March 5, 1960.
U.S. Army post in Texas where Elvis received his basic training from March 28 to September 19, 1958. He was assigned to A Company, Second Medium. Tank Battalion, Second Armored Division.
Chief Medical Examiner of Shelby County, Tennessee who was in charge of the three hour autopsy on Elvis on August 16, 1977. The autopsy was performed by Dr. Eric Muirhead, department head. Dr. Fransisco determined that that the cause of death was coronary arrhythmia. Because of the controversy surrounding the autopsy results, Dr. Fransisco held a press conference in 1979 to state, "I am not involved and never have been involved in a cover-up." Apparently. Dr. Noel Florendo, assistant to Dr. Muirhead, stated that the autopsy revealed "no gross evidence of a heart attack."
West German town, north of Frankfurt where Elvis was stationed in the U.S. Army.
Winner of the talent show at the 1945 Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in which 10 year old Elvis finished second with his version of "Old Shep."
Pet chow chow dog bought by Elvis in 1957. Getlo died on August 1, 1975, just a few months after being treated by Dr. S. Lynn Kittleson of the New England Institute of Comparative Medicine in West Boylston, Massachussetts.
Nursemaid to Lisa Marie at Graceland.
Severe eye disorder suffered by Elvis in his later years. Some say Elvis was going blind with the disease.
Army doctor who gave Elvis his pre-induction physical on January 4, 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis decorator employed by Elvis in to redecorate Graceland when he purchased the estate in 1957.
Jacksonville, Florida juvenile court judge who threatened to have Elvis arrested if he made any "wrong" moves while performing at the Florida Theater on August 10-11, 1957. Elvis was not arrested.
Singer/entertainer who for some reason was disliked by Elvis. Once, while living in Beverly Hills, Elvis fired a .357 magnum at a television screen because Goulet was on the screen.
Estate and home of Elvis during his last twenty years of life. The address was 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee, 38116. Elvis's unlisted telephone number at Graceland (given by the FBI under the alias of Col. Jon Burrows) was EX7-4427. Elvis bought the property with 13 1/2 acres from Ruth Brown Moore in March 1957 for $102,500, beating out the Memphis YMCA's bid of $35,000. Originally, Graceland was established as a farm during the American Civil War by publisher S.E. Toof and covered 500 acres. The estate was named Graceland after Grace Toof, daughter of S.E. Toof. The present estate was established by Dr. Thomas and Ruth Moore. Ruth Moore was the niece of Grace Toof. After purchasing the property, Elvis made many changes to Graceland including painting the mansion blue and gold. The original house had twenty-three rooms including five bedrooms. Elvis added many rooms and structures, including a trophy room, barn, racquetball court, and a $200,000 recording studio. Upon Elvis's death the estate was valued at $500,000, but its annual upkeep was running over that amount on a yearly basis. Acting on behalf of Lisa Marie, Priscilla opened the estate to the public on June 7, 1982. Today, Graceland is the second most visited home in the United States ranking only behind the White House.
United States Air Force airman first class who in November 1959 first introduced Elvis to Priscilla.
Security chief at Graceland for seven years and member of the Memphis Mafia since 1969.
Orchestra leader of 28 member band who backed Elvis in concert in Las Vegas. Guercio arranged Elvis's music in Las Vegas from 1969 to 1976.
Elvis's piano player from 1970-1976. He left Elvis in 1976 to play piano for country singer Emmylou Harris.
Memphis store on Main Street where Elvis purchased his boots. Elvis later bought the pattern for the boots when the manufacturer ceased production.
Elvis's leading lady in Loving You and also in King Creole. Elvis and Hart dated for a short time, but later in 1963, Hart became a Catholic nun taking her vows in 1970. Today she is Mother Superior at the Convent of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
Memphis jeweler from which Elvis purchased an estimated $800,000 worth of jewelry in his lifetime. He often traveled with Elvis on tour so that he would be available should Elvis need to make a purchase.
Karate champion and bodyguard to Elvis beginning in 1974. Elvis met Hebler in 1972 while Hebler was part-owner in a martial arts studio in Glendora, California. In 1976, Hebler was fired from Elvis's employ by Vernon. The next year, Hebler, along with Red & Sonny West, wrote the book Elvis - What Happened, a tell-all book about their life in the Memphis Mafia. Elvis was obviously not flattered.
Nurse under the employ of Dr. George Nichopolous who served as Elvis's private nurse during his concert tours. She and her husband, Tom, a deputy sheriff, lived in a trailer behind the main house at Graceland.
Member of Elvis's entourage who also played rhythm guitar and sang back-up vocals for Elvis in concert. Elvis first met Hodge in 1956 during a Red Foley TV show. Hodge was a member of the Foggy River Boys on Foley's "Ozark Jubilee." Hodge and Elvis were stationed together in the army in West Germany where they became close friends. Hodge drove Elvis and Priscilla to the hospital for the birth of Lisa Marie, and also was one of three witnesses to Elvis's will. During Elvis's concerts Hodge would play guitar as well as hand Elvis his scarves and water. Elvis nicknamed Hodge "Slewfoot" and "Waterhead."
Memphis dentist who filled a cavity for Elvis on August 15, 1977, the night before Elvis died.
Poodle given to Priscilla by Elvis for a Christmas present.
Elvis's personal lawyer who represented him during his divorce with Priscilla.
Memphis filling station manager who accused Elvis of assaulting him on October 18, 1956. According to witnesses, Elvis stopped by the station drawing a crowd which prompted Hopper to ask Elvis to leave. Hopper then hit Elvis in the back of the head. A fight broke between the two, and the attendant, Aubrey Brown, jumped in. Both men were fired and Elvis was cleared of all charges.
HOUND DOG ONE
Call sign for Elvis's personal plane the Lisa Marie.
HOUND DOG TWO
Call sign for Elvis's smaller Jetstar aircraft.
HUMES HIGH SCHOOL
1700-student high school located at 659 North Manasas Street where Elvis attended from 1949 to 1953. Elvis graduated on June 3, 1953.
HUNT, DR. WILLIAM
Physician who delivered Elvis at 4:35 a.m. on January 8, 1935. Thirty-five minutes earlier, Hunt delivered the stillborn Jesse Garon, Elvis's twin brother. Hunt's fee to the Presley's was $15.
JANUARY 8, 1935
Birth date of Elvis. Others born on January 8 include singer David Bowie (1941) and guitarist Jimmy Paige (1944).
Music producer who served as Elvis's producer at RCA beginning in 1966, taking over for Chet Atkins. Jarvis left RCA in 1970 to devote all of his time to Elvis. Jarvis played a key role in revitalizing Elvis's recording career in the 1970s. Before then the quality of the songs Elvis was recording had been waning as no one had been managing them properly. Elvis appreciated what Jarvis was doing and financed an operation in 1970 in which Jarvis received a new kidney. Jarvis said Elvis once told him during a recording session, "I'm just so tired of being Elvis Presley." Jarvis, himself died in January, 1981 after suffering a stroke at the age of 46.
Elvis's personal cook at Graceland from 1963 until his death in 1977. Mary would work from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. everyday fixing Elvis his favorite meals and snacks. Over the years, Elvis purchased for Mary a house, a new Cadillac and six other automobiles..
Code name used by Elvis for receiving telephone calls and personal mail.
Gospel group composed of Gordon Stoker, Neal Matthews, Hoyt Hawkins, and Hugh Jarrett, who backed Elvis on many of his earliest recordings and performances. Elvis first met the Jordanaires backstage at the Cotton Carnival in Memphis in 1954. They first recorded with Elvis on July 2, 1956 on the hit songs, "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Any Way You Want Me." In 1958, Ray Walker replaced Hugh Jarrett on bass.
Comedian who was the opening act in many of Elvis's performances. It was Kahane who told the audience at the end of Elvis's concerts, "Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has left the building." Kahane delivered the eulogy at Elvis's funeral on August 18, 1977.
KANTOR, DR. EDWARD
Ear, nose and throat specialist from Beverly Hills who treated Elvis for fifteen years.
Martial art which Elvis studied for over eighteen years. Elvis attained his eighth degree black belt (master of the art distinction). His karate name was Tiger.
Secretary to Sam Phillips at the Memphis Recording Service and Sun Studios, who should be given the credit for discovering Elvis. She was present when Elvis first walked into Sun Studios in the summer of 1953 to record a record for his mother's birthday. While Elvis was cutting his record, Keisker turned on the master recorder, and took down Elvis's address and telephone number adding the words, "Good ballad singer, hold." She gave the information to Sam Phillips who went on to sign Elvis to a recording contract. Keisker, who was college educated, went on to join the Air Force in 1957.
Town near Fort Hood, Texas where Elvis and his parents lived while Elvis went through basic training.
West Coast brand of bacon preferred by Elvis.
Memphis pharmacist who filled Dr. George Nichopolous's prescriptions for Elvis. Over a seven month period, Kirsch filled 5,684 pills for Elvis. Kirsch lost his pharmacist's license for life in April 1980.
Memphis disc jockey at WHBQ who befriended Elvis in high school. Klein was president of Elvis's senior class. Elvis considered Klein a close friend and even paid for Klein to have plastic surgery on his nose. Elvis also served as Klein's best man in his marriage to Barbara Miller. It was through Klein that Elvis met Dr. George Nichopolous, who once employed Klein's wife. It was also Klein who introduced Elvis to Linda Thompson. Klein was found guilty by jury in December 1977 for mail fraud. During the trial, Elvis appealed to President Nixon to intercede for Klein in the federal trial. Nixon opted to stay out of it, and Klein served 60 days in prison.
KUI LEE CANCER
Charity set up in memory of Hawaiian composer Kuikalani Lee, who died of cancer in 1966. Elvis's world wide TV concert special, "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" in 1973, was a benefit for the fund. With Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker each paying for their own $100 ticket, the concert raised $75,000. Kuikalani Lee composed the song "I'll Remember You" which Elvis sang during the show.
Men's clothing store in Memphis which specialized in loud colorful clothing. Elvis began shopping there in 1952 while still in high school. In 1956 Elvis traded his Messerschmidt automobile to Bernard Lansky for new clothes. Lansky provided the suits for the pallbearers at both Elvis's and Vernon's funerals.
LAS VEGAS HILTON
Las Vegas hotel formerly known as the International Hotel where Elvis performed four lengthy engagements from 1969 to 1971. During Elvis's four-week engagement from July 31 to August 28 in 1969 (his first live performances in eight years), he set a Las Vegas record of 101,509 paid customers with a gross take of $1.5 million.
Federally funded housing project in Memphis where Elvis and his parents lived for a time. Their monthly rent was $35.
East Tupelo school where Elvis was enrolled in the first grade by Gladys. It was the school's principal, J.D. Cole, who enrolled Elvis in the talent contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show at which Elvis won second prize.
Memphis jeweler who sold Elvis the wedding ring he presented to Priscilla in the 1967 ceremony. The ring was a three-carat diamond with twenty surrounding smaller diamonds. Elvis made the purchase for $4,000.
Memphis amusement park that Elvis rented on August 8, 1977 as a present for Lisa Marie. He paid $2,500 to have free reign of the park from 1:15 a.m. until dawn. Ginger Alden and about a dozen friends joined Elvis and Lisa Marie as they rode the park's 14 rides.
LISA MARIE, THE
Elvis's personal custom blue-and-white Convair 880 jet which he named for his daughter. Elvis originally paid $1.2 million for the aircraft in November 1975 and then added $750,000 worth of remodeling which included a $14,000 queen-size bed, a conference room, four TV sets, a bar. leather swivel chairs and a pair of couches. The Lisa Marie is currently on display and open for walk-through tours at Graceland.
Memphis theater where Elvis worked as usher from April 17 to May 28, 1952. Elvis earned $12.75 per week which he gave to his mother. Elvis was fired by the manager, Arthur Groom after Elvis got into a fist fight with a fellow usher who had told Groom that a female candy vendor was giving Elvis free candy.
LOS ANGELES INDIAN
Indian council to which Elvis was inducted by Chief Wah-Nee-Ota in December 1960 in recognition of his "constructive portrayal of a man of Indian blood" in the 1960 movie Flaming Star.
One of Elvis's personal horses at the Circle G Ranch. The horse was named for William Ingram, the mayor of Memphis at the time.
Indianapolis auditorium where Elvis gave his last concert on June 26, 1977.
Elvis's music teacher at L.C. Humes High School in Memphis who once told Elvis that he couldn't sing.
MARTIN D-28 AND
Brands of acoustic guitars used by Elvis in the 1950s.
Singer and actor who was one of Elvis's singing idols (perhaps his favorite) in the 1950s.
Memorial behind Graceland that contain the graves of Elvis Presley, Gladys Presley, Vernon Presley, and Minnie Mae Presley (Elvis's grandmother). There is also a plaque in memory of Jesse Garon Presley. The Gardens were opened to the public beginning on November 27, 1977 while the rest of the grounds at Graceland were not.
One of the Memphis theaters rented by Elvis for his private showings. It was here that Elvis first met Linda Thompson.
Mortuary in Memphis that handles the funerals of Elvis, Vernon Presley and Bill Black.
Group of close friends and associates who accompanied Elvis throughout his career. The news media dubbed the group "The Memphis Mafia" around 1960. Over the years, there were so many involved with the group, that a precise all-inclusive list would be nearly impossible to compile. Some of the more notable, prominent members include: Jerry Schilling, Larry Geller, Cliff Gleaves, Jimmy Kingsley, George Klein, Louis Harris, Bitsy Mott, Marvin Gamble, Patsy Gamble, Ray Sitton, Lamar Fike, Joe Esposito, Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, Gene Smith, Red West, Sonny West, Charlie Hodge and Alan Fortas. The members who worked for Elvis made approximately $250 per week in the 1960s, which rose to $425 per week in the 1970s. Everyone was lavished with gifts by Elvis in excess of their salaries, but it was clear most of the members were not in the business for the money.
Recording studio located at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis owned by Sam Phillips. Elvis entered the studio in the summer of 1953 to record a record for his mother as a birthday present, even though his mother's birthday was months before this date. Anyone could do the same in 1953 for four dollars. Assisted by Marion Keisker, Elvis recorded "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin." Elvis returned on January 4, 1954 to record two more songs: "I'll Never Stand in Your Way" and "Casual Love Affair." This time Sam Phillips was in but Marion Keisker was out. The Memphis Recording Service was also the home of Sun Records also owned by Phillips.
Memphis hospital where Gladys Presley died of a heart attack on August 14, 1958.
MEYER, DR. DAVID
Elvis's memphis eye doctor.
Memphis medical facility where Elvis underwent a face-lift on June 18, 1975.
Junior high school in Tupelo where Elvis enrolled in 1946. Elvis attended six grade, seventh grade and part of the eighth grade before moving with his family to Memphis.
MILLER, LOU ANN
Only female employed by Colonel Tom Parker in his organization.
Nurse and girlfriend to Vernon Presley at the time of his death in 1979. Vernon left the Denver woman most of his estate. Vernon was seeing Miller why still married to Dee Stanley, who filed for divorce from Vernon after learning of his affair.
FAIR AND DAIRY SHOW
Annual fair held in Tupelo, Mississippi. Elvis was entered in the fair's annual talent contest on October 3, 1945 by his principal, J.D. Cole. Elvis sang "Old Shep" and won second prize ($5 and free admission to all the fair's rides). Elvis was beaten by Shirley Jones Valentine.
Elvis's two favorite board games. Elvis got together with the Beatles on August 27, 1965, and the five of them played Monopoly.
Lead guitarist of Elvis on his earliest Sun Record recordings. Along with Bill Black, the three were briefly known as the Blue Moon Boys. The three got together at the request of Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records. Their first recording together was "That's Alright Mama" on July 5, 1954. A week later, Scotty became Elvis's first manager, signing a one page contract that gave Moore ten percent of all the bookings he made. Elvis's parents had to sign the contract as well since Elvis was not yet twenty-one. When the load became to much for Moore, he let Elvis out of the contract and allowed him to sign with Bob Neal. Moore and Black left Elvis in September 1957 over a salary dispute (both received a flat salary with no royalties). Moore and Black did come back to record with Elvis until he left for the army. Black never came back after that, but Moore returned to Elvis in 1960 and stayed with him until 1968.
Puerto Rican born Academy Award-winning actress who dated Elvis in 1957 while he was filming Loving You.
Brand of mineral water preferred by Elvis.
White-haired Great Pyrenees dog owned by Elvis at Graceland. Muffin was put to sleep after an injury at obedience school.
Elvis's peak tax bracket. Elvis allowed the IRS to figure his taxes for him.
Automobile, costing $425, which Elvis drove in high school.
Elvis's first Cadillac which he bought in 1955. He, Scotty Moore and Bill Black used the car for their travels from show to show. The car, which had accumulated many miles, caught on fire and burned up one night near Texarkana, Arkansas.
First car Elvis bought for his parents. He had it custom painted pink and white.
Last car Elvis ever purchased for himself. The car was loaded with gold-plated hubcaps, a CB radio, television, bar, telephone and sun roof.
Bank in Memphis where Elvis held his personal checking account (#011-143875). At the time of his death, Elvis's checking account balance was $1,055,173.69.
Elvis's manager from January 1, 1955 to March 15, 1956. Neal took over for Scotty Moore and received 15 percent of Elvis's earnings off the top. Colonel Tom Parker took Elvis away from Neal signing him on August 15, 1956. Still under contract, Elvis agreed to continue paying Neal his 15 percent while paying parker 25 percent.
Elvis's favorite brand of orange soda.
Brand of soap preferred by Elvis.
Site of Elvis's first Las Vegas singing engagement. Elvis was signed for a four week engagement in which he would make $12,500 per week. Colonel Tom Parker pulled Elvis out after only two weeks because of the poor reception from the audiences. Elvis had been billed by the hotel as "The Atomic Powered Singer."
Maid and cook at Graceland for fifteen years beginning in 1963.
DR. GEORGE C.
Elvis personal physician for many years up to the time of his death. He and his wife Edna were close friends with Elvis and were heavily indebted to him financially. It is estimated that the Nichopouloses owed Elvis over $300,000 for personal loans. Dr. Nick, as Elvis called him, heavily prescribed large amounts of drugs to many of his patients, including Jerry Lee Lewis. Between January 20 and August 16, 1977, Nichopoulos prescribed 5,684 narcotic and amphetamine pills to Elvis (an average of 25 per day). In 1979, he was charged by the Tennessee Board of Medical Directors with "indiscriminately prescribing 5,300 pills and vials for Elvis in the seven months before his death," and shortly after, the Board suspended his medical license for three months for over prescribing addictive drugs to ten patients. He was eventually acquitted by a jury and found not guilty of malpractice or unethical conduct. In 1979 at a football game in Memphis, someone fired a gun at Nichopoulos but missed.
Thirty-seventh president of the United States. On December 21, 1970, Elvis showed up unannounced at the White House and asked to meet with President Nixon. While there Elvis presented President Nixon with a commemorative World War II Colt .45 pistol in an encased wooden box. Elvis then asked the President for a Narcotics Bureau badge which Nixon provided. Elvis and Nixon communicated on several other occasions including calling each other when each was hospitalized on different occasions. President Nixon asked Elvis to perform at the White House in 1975, but Colonel Tom Parker stepped in and requested a payment of $25,000 for Elvis's services. The White House informed Parker that no entertainer has ever been paid for such an engagement to which Parker informed the White House that Elvis doesn't play free for anyone. Once again, Parker's greed stood between Elvis and a historic opportunity.
Hollywood clothing designers who created Elvis's $10,000 gold lame' suit.
Tennessee license plate number of the white Cadillac hearse that carried Elvis's body from Graceland to Forest Hill cemetery on August 18, 1977.
Amount of money reportedly grossed at the box office by Elvis's 31 motion pictures.
Elvis's blood type.
"O.K., I WON'T"
Last words spoken by Elvis according to Ginger Alden, the last person to see Elvis alive. He was responding to her admonition, "Don't fall asleep."
Popular country/rock singer who was a contemporary of Elvis in the 60s. Orbison is the only artist to have toured with both Elvis and the Beatles. Elvis greatly admired Orbison and once remarked that he had the greatest voice in music.
Outdoor theater stage in Memphis where Elvis made his first appearance before a concert audience on July 30, 1954.