In today’s daily Elvis, it’s the anniversary of Sonny’s wedding and one of the oddest Elvis images ever:
Apparently Elvis never heard of not upstaging the bride on her wedding day.
Sonny West was the younger cousin of Red West.
He joined the Memphis Mafia in the early 60s and he was famously fired in 1976.
I often hear Dave Hebler’s voice in my head, from the press conference following the publication of The BodyGuard Book and Elvis’ death a few weeks later.
How do you save a man from himself?
The bodyguard book was the first biography of Elvis that I read.
In that expose tradition, the Stanley Family – Dee and her boys – first outing was Elvis We Love You Tender – which Dee promised would make the Bodyguard book look like a kindergarden reader.
Albert Goldman’s Elvis followed and the mold for Elvis writing devolved into love child claimaints.
Sad given the Jerry Hopkins bio start.
At least now with Susan Doll and other cultural historians, we can actually put Elvis into context.
The later Sonny West Taking Care of Business was an even and reasonable take
Sonny and Red, along with Marty Lacker, are the only members of the Memphis Mafia that I have any respect for
unlike the others who either blow Elvis or blow themselves in their books
these guys had and have the insight to be aware of their own role and part
of the American Dream turned Nightmare
There was a cover up about Elvis’ death. it didn’t last long and it was just that Elvis died in bed.
no man as macho and ego sensitive as Elvis
would fake his death on the bathroom floor
the king did not die on the throne
just in the throne room, eh?
Sonny;s taking care of business is the first time I ever saw these photos and seeing them in colour on the net is cooler
Elvis meets The Beatles!
I would like to know if after The Beatles met Elvis in 1965, did he ever meet any of them again? I have heard both Ringo & George visited him backstage in the 70’s. Is this accurate and were they pleasant meetings? Also after the 1965 meeting, they appeared on Ed Sullivan about a month later. Did he catch that show? Thanks
Ringo and George did meet him backstage during one of his concerts but he never met all 4 of them again. However a few of us would visit them at the houses they were staying at in L.A. in the next couple of years and they acted as if they were thrilled that we showed up. That includes when four of us went to see them the next day after they met Elvis.
Thanks for keeping his memory alive and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.