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Elvis: Alice Cooper almost shot Elvis and was thrown down with ‘a boot at my throat’

Elvis: Alice Cooper almost shot Elvis and was thrown down with 'a boot at my throat'

A clearly starstruck Cooper described how The King still retained his powerful charisma and superstar aura.

He said: “When he came in the room he was Elvis. He wasn’t the fat Elvis, he was… Elvis. He was the guy.

“He goes, ‘Hey man, you’re the cat with the snake ain’t you? That’s cool, man I wish I would have thought of that. That’s cool man. Hey, I want to show you something.’

“We go in the kitchen and he opens a drawer and takes out a loaded ’38, a snub-nosed ’38.

“Puts in my hand and he says, ‘I’m going to show you how to take this gun out of somebody’s hand.’”

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Elvis Presley ex Linda Thompson shares throwback pictures from her time dating The King

Elvis Presley ex Linda Thompson shares throwback pictures from her time dating The King

It’s been almost 50 years since Elvis first met Linda Thompson, the former Miss Tennessee model. The couple ended up living together at Graceland from 1972-76 and in more recent years his former girlfriend has been sharing photos of their time together. In some of her latest Instagram stories, the 71-year-old posted a video collage of couple photos from the elvis_and_linda_gram page.

Linda also shared a picture of The King driving one of his many cars with Tiger Man played over the top.

His former girlfriend captioned the image: “There’s ‘cool’ then there’s ‘Elvis cool’ Great candid…”

Back in 2016, Linda published an autobiography called A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner and Songs in Between.

The page elvis_and_linda_gram recently posted a clip from an event where Linda was promoting the book, in which she described how she approached writing about The King.

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Linda shared some photos of herself with David Stanley inside that hotel that is now called Westgate.

She wrote on Instagram: “What a great few days & nights in Vegas! I love @palazzovegas where I usually stay.

“It was so nostalgic getting to revisit the city where I lived for 9 months of the 4 1/2 years Elvis & I were together!

“I had a lovely lunch & sweet visit with Elvis’s stepbrother David Stanley at the old Hilton international which is now the Westgate.”

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Elvis: Girlfriend Linda remembers ‘the greatest love imaginable’

Elvis: Girlfriend Linda remembers 'the greatest love imaginable'

Elvis Presley dated Linda for four and a half years. It was the longest, most significant relationship of his life apart from Priscilla. They split up less than year before his death but Linda was invited by the family to his funeral and has guarded and honoured his memory and legacy ever since. She also married Jenner and had two sons, Brody and Brandon Jenner, as well as forging a successful career as a songwriter and marrying second husband, legendary record producer David Foster.

While those closest to Elvis started to release revelatory tell-all books in the final year of his life and then endlessly ever since, Linda remained notably silent for forty years.

In 2016 she released her only book on the subject, A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between.

She said: “Everything that could have possibly been written about Elvis had been written and then some, or made-up stories. So I really thought this was a huge responsibility, to this day. I’ve always attempted to represent him in the light which he deserves.”

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Linda said of Elvis: “He was such a remarkable human being and I tried to write the book with kindness and tolerance and understanding.

“And also just a bit of knowledge that you can only garner through life experience. I had to live my life and carve out my own career. I didn’t want to be one of those people that just jumped on the bandwagon and wrote a book and made a profit at his expense and to capitalise on that relationship. I was very guarded about that. 

“I wanted to carve out my own position in life, write my own songs, carve out my own career, have my kids and my family and then write about my life and where he fit into it, which is, of course, the greatest love imaginable.”

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Elvis: Linda Thomson’s incredible life after The King

Linda dated Elvis from July 1972 to December 1976. As well as being his companion and sometimes nursemaid, Linda also became close to The King’s young daughter, who was only four when they started dating.

On the devastating night when Elvis died, nine-year-old Lisa Marie called Linda.

Last month, Linda described that terrible call: “She (Lisa Marie) said, ‘My daddy’s dead, my daddy’s dead.’ I can’t even tell you what I felt. I was stunned and paralysed. I said, ‘What? No, he’s not.’

She said, ‘Yes he is, yes he is. He’s dead.’ The only thing that brought it to reality was when she said, ‘He’ smothered in the carpet.’ And when she said that, I just threw the phone because I thought, ‘Ok, he’s gone. That’s it.’”

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Elvis grandchildren: Riley Keough pays tribute to brother Benjamin 1 year after his death

Elvis grandchildren: Riley Keough pays tribute to brother Benjamin 1 year after his death

Last October, Riley also paid tribute to Benjamin in a similar post on what would have been his 28th birthday.

As did Lisa Marie herself, who wrote at the time: “My beautiful beautiful angel, I worshipped the ground you walked on, on this earth and now in Heaven.

“My heart and soul went with you. The depth of the pain is suffocating and bottomless without you every moment of every day.

“I will never be the same. Please wait for me my love, and hold my hand while I stay to continue to protect and raise your little sisters and to be here for Riley.”

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Elvis Presley’s romance with teenage dancer after seeing her photo in a nightclub

Elvis Presley's romance with teenage dancer after seeing her photo in a nightclub

Elvis Presley returned from Germany in 1960 with a newfound love of women. Not long after that, he brought Priscilla Presley to Graceland to live with him – but his womanising didn’t stop just because his fiancée was in the country. The singer reportedly spotted a photo of young Sandy Martindale in her father’s Los Angeles nightclub in 1961, prompting the start of another relationship for the King of Rock and Roll.

Sandy spoke to Elvis.com.au in 2015 where she recalled how she got on with Elvis during the 1960s.

At just 14-years-old, Sandy’s photo was enough to completely “bowl Elvis over”.

She recalled: “He called me to go out, but I had to tell him I had school the next day.

“The next night Mom drove me to the club to meet him.”

She laughed: “My mother came with us on our first dates. I was so embarrassed I cried.”

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Sandy went on to describe her first date with Elvis.

She said: “Elvis had a date with a gorgeous actress that night and there I was, with my little ponytail.

“He was 24. He held my hand, kissed me on the cheek and I was a goner.”

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Sandy went on: “In Viva Las Vegas that’s me with Ann-Margret and Elvis dancing at the roulette table.”

Eventually, in 1967, Elvis broke it off before going on to marry Priscilla.

But even after his marriage began, the King maintained stayed in contact with Sandy, remaining friends until the end.

The youngster described being “devastated” when she last saw Elvis backstage at one of his last Las Vegas concerts – just before he passed away in 1977.

Sandy went on to marry Wink Martindale, a renowned American DJ, radio personality and TV producer.

Wink became fast friends with Elvis over the years, playing a number of his songs on his TV and radio shows.

The couple has since appeared on Sirius’ Elvis Radio to share stories about the King.

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Elvis Presley’s ex Linda Thompson reunites with King’s stepbrother at old Las Vegas Hilton

Elvis Presley’s ex Linda Thompson reunites with King’s stepbrother at old Las Vegas Hilton

Elvis Presley’s ex-girlfriend Linda Thompson has revisited Las Vegas where she spent many months with The King during his residences there in the early 1970s. Elvis dated the former Miss Tennessee model from 1972-1976 and they lived together at Graceland. During her recent trip to Las Vegas, the 71-year-old paid tribute to Elvis by visiting the old Hilton hotel, originally called The International and now Westgate, where The King performed two shows a night.

Linda even met up with Elvis’ step-brother David Stanley, who was the son of Vernon Presley’s second wife Dee Stanley.

Having stayed at The Palazzo Las Vegas at The Venetian resort, the 71-year-old shared photos from her “nostalgic” trip down memory lane.

She wrote on Instagram: “What a great few days & nights in Vegas! I love @palazzovegas where I usually stay.

“It was so nostalgic getting to revisit the city where I lived for 9 months of the 4 1/2 years Elvis & I were together!”

Linda added: “I had a lovely lunch & sweet visit with Elvis’s stepbrother David Stanley at the old Hilton international which is now the Westgate.”

The King’s former girlfriend also spoke of watching Bruno Mars perform and compared him to Elvis.

She wrote: “’Ima leave the door open’ for more 24 karat magic after seeing Bruno Mars in concert! What an astonishing performer!

“He is an amalgamation of Prince, James Brown, Elvis & Michael Jackson – yet uniquely his own style & magic!”

On revising Graceland, Linda wrote on her Instagram: “I took a walk down memory lane today at my former home, where I lived for 4 1/2 years – Graceland in Memphis.

“I also revisited the airplanes that I flew on to countless concerts all around the country with the greatest entertainer who ever lived, Elvis Presley.

“It’s surreal to remember decorating with him the legendary jungle room, stained glass peacocks in the living/music room, the fabric covered pool room, TV room & other areas – as well as the Lisa Marie airplane.

“I will always be grateful for the rarified honour of having been so close on such a deeply personal level to such a true icon – and for having been loved by him.”