Stories of Elvis Presley
When Elvis was three years old, his hair had grown past his
shoulders, Gladys sat him down wrapped a towel around his shoulders and cut his hair. Elvis cried when his mother
cut the first lock of his hair. When she was finished, Gladys put her sons precious curls into a box and hid them
for safe keeping. Twenty years later Elvis received another memorable haircut courtesy of the United States Army.
The regulation crew cut displeased Elvis a great deal; long hair was a big part of his identity. Gladys
worried about her sons reaction to such major changes in his lifestyle. She knew that he missed his hair, so she
sent him the old box containing the little blond curls. Elvis did not understand the meaning of the gift until he
read the note which accompanied it. Elvis laughed and cried as he read the touching letter which explained the
significance of the hair. The following morning, Elvis called Gladys at Graceland and thanked her for the package.
He told her that he loved her more than she could ever know, and that he missed her terribly.
In early 1956 Elvis was driving a new Cadillac down a Memphis
street when a teenaged boy ran after him on foot. The boy ran behind the car for several blocks. A policeman
noticed the boy chasing the car, thinking the vehicle was stolen and the boy was chasing the thief. He turned on
his siren and drove after them.
Several yards later both car and runner came to a halt. The
policeman fined them both $25. Neither Elvis nor his pursuer knew what the tickets were for, but the boy insisted
on paying. He said it was his fault they were fined and that it was worth paying $ 50 for the opportunity to meet
his idol. When Elvis heard the boys reason for chasing him, he took the two tickets and said he would pay for them.
The boy ran the two miles back home, triumphant at meeting having met Elvis Presley.
Elvis found interviewers fascinating. He liked their questions but
could not understand where they came up with them. One interviewer Elvis recalled in later years took place on
August 5th 1956, with Luther Voltz Jr. serving as reporter. Voltz worked for the Miami Herald.
Voltz asked Elvis how he felt about Estes Kefauver and Adiai
Stevenson from the Democratic National convention, the Andrea Doria disaster, the Empire waistline in the world of
fashion, and Pablo Casals, the world's greatest cellist. Elvis told his friends he had never heard of any of those
things or people; he knew very little about politics and current events. He told the reporter that he would rather
keep his views to himself because he did not want to be labeled. The answer was brilliant, and Voltz left him
alone. Elvis always enjoyed telling the story of how he managed to outsmart the reporter and answer his questions
without really answering.
In early 1956 a young heavy set teenager jumped the Graceland wall
with a complete Elvis Presley record collection under his arm. He wanted Elvis to sign all of the albums and was
determined to pass the guards and get to the door of the mansion. Once he made it to the door, he spoke with one of
the bodyguards and Elvis was called. When he saw the heavy teen and heard that the boy had jumped the five foot
wall Elvis burst out laughing.
He could not understand how this fat boy had managed to jump the
wall when no one else could. Elvis loved the teens perseverance and told him so. Elvis signed the whole record
collection and asked him to hang around. The teen was Lamar Fike, who became both a member of Elvis's entourage and
his good friend.
In one scene in "Jailhouse Rock" Elvis's character is on stage
singing "Young and beautiful" at the club La Florit when a drunk, played by Frank Kreig starts to heckle him. Elvis
gets mad, jumps from the stage, and breaks the guitar across the heckler's table. He runs out of the club and
actress Judy Tyler runs after him. As she ran. Tyler put her hand through a swinging plate glass door. Most of the
glass shattered into tiny pieces, although several sword like pieces still clung to the door frame. Elvis noticed
that the door was about to swing back again, and he grabbed Tyler and pulled her out of the way. The accident
happened so fast that the actress was dazed and confused. First aid was administered on her bleeding arm and then
she was back in action. She thanked Elvis for saving her life.
In the mid 1970's a couple whose wedding was coming up in a few
weeks' time found out that Elvis was scheduled to appear in their town. They were both avid Elvis fans and had
sworn that the next time Elvis was close, they would go see him. They bought tickets and resumed finalizing their
wedding plans. The day of their wedding the couple exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony. The reception was held
directly afterward. Halfway through the evening one of their relatives asked how the Elvis show was. The new bride
dropped her champagne glass when she remembered that Elvis's show was that very night. They had missed Elvis! The
bride started to cry and her new husband tried to console her. If she had looked at her tickets and seen the date
she would have postponed their wedding!
Her husband promised to take her to Elvis's show the following
night. The next evening they put on their wedding attire and went to the show. Charlie Hodge, one of Elvis's
dearest and oldest friends, saw the couple and approached them. They told Hodge their story, and he went backstage
and relayed it to Elvis. The couple took their seats and eagerly awaited Elvis's appearance. When the "2001: A
Space Odyssey" theme began, the bride nearly fainted. During the show, Elvis stopped singing, looked into the
audience and asked where the newlyweds were. Shocked, the couple jumped up. Elvis looked at the groom and joked,
"Don't you have anything else to do tonight?" The bride answered, "No way!"
Elvis sent word to have the couple meet him backstage. When the
show ended, they were escorted to his private dressing room where they were introduced to Elvis by Charlie Hodge.
Elvis presented the newly weds with his version of a wedding gift, a Cadillac & a check for $10,000 Elvis told
them that he was flattered that they wanted to postpone their wedding just to see him.
One day in the 1970's, Linda Thompson talked Elvis into going with
her to the local McDonalds located at 4237 Elvis Presley Blvd. in Memphis. She said she was sick and tired of them
never going out together. Thompson made a bet with Elvis that no one would recognize him and he could relax. Elvis
believed he would not only be recognized but mobbed as well. So with the bet was set. Elvis drove and parked in the
regular parking lot. Linda walked into the restaurant with Elvis at her side. They approached the counter and put
in their orders. So far so good, Elvis found himself enjoying the night out and commented to Linda that she had
Several minutes later a man walked up to their table, looked at
Elvis, and said that he was sick and tired of men trying to look like Elvis Presley. He said that there was only
one king. Shocked at the man's assumption that he was an impersonator, Elvis informed the stranger that he was
indeed Elvis. The man would not believe him and said that he pitied him for thinking that he was Elvis. Not knowing
how to convince the man, Elvis turned to Linda who was thoroughly enjoying the scene and said, "Okay Bob, enough is
enough. Stop playing!" When Elvis told her to stop joking and admit who he was, she said, "Will you cut the crap,
Bob!" satisfied the stranger left. Elvis was totally dumfounded at what had happened, but Linda started to
laugh. "See I told you, said Linda "You wouldn't have any problems if you went out on your own. You're your
own prison." After the evenings events Elvis and Linda went out alone several times.
Elvis was cruising around Memphis with his friend Eddie Fadal one
day in the early 1960's when he remembered he had to make a very important call. He checked his pockets for a dime,
but couldn't find one. Fadel didn't have any change either.
A man was walking by just then and saw the two men searching there
pockets. He produced a dime and gave it to Elvis. While Elvis made the phone call, he asked Fadel to follow the
stranger and get his name and address so that he could send him a little thank-you note.
Three weeks later, the kind stranger received a letter of thanks.
Elvis wrote that he wanted to repay him for his good deed, and so the mortgage on his house was now paid in full!
The man was utterly speechless.
When he told his family and friends the story, no one would
believe him. In order to prove he was telling the truth, he showed Elvis's letter along with the deed to his house,
silencing the non believers immediately.