From 1969 until his death eight years later, Elvis Presley performed 636 shows in Las Vegas. His first took place on July 31, 1969 at the newly opened International Hotel, having booked a residency with its president Alex Shoofey and his wife Joanie Shoofey, The King’s ex-girlfriend from a decade earlier. Now 83-years-old, the former Miss Nevada has opened up on Elvis’ wild living in Las Vegas with the Memphis Mafia.
Speaking with Elvis expert Billy Stallings Spa Guy on his YouTube channel, Joanie said: “He used to mess up his suite so bad.
“We had to redo it every time he was there.
“They all dyed their hair and [there was] black dye all over the walls.
“And one time he shot the TV with a gun.”
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Elvis’ ex-girlfriend continued: “I mean he was wild, he was not nice in a room.
“But they were having a good time.
“That’s not my kind of good time but we had to redo the whole room every time they would leave.”
She clarified that included repainting the whole room.
International Hotel, Las Vegas
Elvis performing in Las Vegas
Joanie continued: “But that’s okay, they were wild that bunch that he ran with, y’know.
“I don’t know what they were smoking or doing but… [laughs].”
While Elvis was at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Joanie says she was the only one who had access to him in getting the King to meet fans.
She said: “I kept bringing people to meet him.”
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Elvis’ ex-girlfriend added: “And I was the only one who could get anybody in there.
“Because he didn’t want to meet that many people.
“He was tired of [it].”
A member of the Memphis Mafia was Elvis’ cousin Billy Smith, who once spoke of how The King would regularly shoot his TVs and why.
Speaking on his son’s YouTube channel Memphis Mafia Kid, Billy said: “Most the time ‘cause he wanted to!
“It might be something he saw on TV or it might of been something that bothered him.
“A lot of times you had to wait a little later until Elvis kinda went through whatever was bothering him and then he would tell you.
“I mean he could have been mad at somebody or something that happened and he would just…take it out on…and he shot several TVs now.”