Give us this day – August 11 – our Daily Elvis
55 – Elvis Performed in Longview, Texas.
56 – Elvis Performed Florida Theater, Jacksonville, Florida at 3.30, 7.00 and 9.00 p.m.
58 – Elvis returned to Basic Training in Texas after a short leave during which, Gladys, his mother died. Nothing would ever be that same peanut butter and banana fried sandwich and unconditional love again.
Vernon and Gladys Presley, with Elvis, left Tupelo, Mississippi and eventually ended up in Memphis Tennessee, where Vernon hoped for factory war related work.
They lived in shared housing and sometimes Elvis could earn money working Sunday for their Jewish neighbors.
Eventually, they got into Government Housing until Elvis earned so much from performing and Sun Records — and RCA – well – they bought their own house in the middle class Audubon Drive!
It seemed so fast, because Elvis hit so suddenly and rose so astonishingly quick – as if it was a question about how pretty he’d be on screen – he looked like his mother.
For Gladys, it was hand to mouth scrapexistance and then suddenly – there was a surplus and then security – But Elvis didn’t want to stop there – he wanted the Big Time.
Elvis was the very American Dream and that’s what Steve Allen was making fun of.
How Droll, eh?
I have no idea what they are looking at – when I was there in 1987, the actual Building Elvis lived in had already been torn down and it wasn’t part of the tour. My tour group did drive by it, but I didn’t take a photo then, the poverty was horrifying and crushing.
It was weird to my Canadian tour group that Memphis was getting tourism because of Elvis, but were more interested in running the encyclopedia list of “biggest military employer”……..uh.. we’re here for Elvis…..
From Audubon, Gladys and Vernon picked Graceland and Elvis’ willingness to let a part of the property be for a church, let him move into an elegant Southern Mansion. Modest to be sure – but it became the first Mancave – with Elvis Presley – it was Welcome to the Blingdom.
Elvis would make and re-make Graceland over several times – selling off land to the city that grew up around him and eventually – when Elvis died, in order to prevent the property being taken over by the city and turned into a tourist attraction.
Vernon handed over everything to Priscilla, in trust for Lisa Marie.
Elvis Presley is dead. Long live Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Elvis lived off the base with his parents – the stress of his career on Gladys was her drinking.
Elvis in the 1960s at the Forest Cemetery – and then in 1977 returning home from there.
He had to think that getting her to stay in Texas, in the different climate than Tennesee and the isolation she had – it was one thing to visit her friends from Audobon… she only had that one Christmas at Graceland thinking that soon Elvis would marry Anita and soon there’d be grandchildren …