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Elvis Presley ‘was no Howard Hughes hermit’ claimed Vernon weeks before his son’s death

Elvis Presley ‘was no Howard Hughes hermit’ claimed Vernon weeks before his son’s death

Not many celebrities have lived with the unbelievable heights of fame that Elvis Presley did. The most successful solo artist of all time got by keeping his close inner circle, his Memphis Mafia, around him at his Graceland mansion home. And when he moved in, the star had a privacy wall with one-way mirrors installed on the upstairs landing, at the entrance to his private haven.

But despite Elvis living with incredible stardom, his father didn’t believe claims in the late 1970s that his son was a recluse.

Vernon Presley gave an interview just weeks before The King’s death for the posthumous 1977 TV special Elvis in Concert.

The CBS programme was broadcast on October 3, 1977, a couple of months after the star died of a heart attack at 42 on August 16.

In Vernon’s interview, given on June 22, Elvis father said: “I know he can’t go out like an ordinary person because people see him and, of course, they recognise him.”

Vernon added: “There’s been so many different news reports out that they’ve made him into a hermit type guy like Howard Hughes was supposed to be.

“I don’t know how all this stuff gets started but it’s not really true.”

In another vintage interview, Elvis’ girlfriend from 1972-76, Linda Thompson remembered how The King handled going out in public.

She said: “Dates with Elvis consisted of riding golf carts around Graceland or riding motorcycles or three-wheelers or going to movies.”

Linda added: “We tried going out a few times shopping and we would make it halfway between the car and the door of the store.

“And people would be just all over us. They would converge immediately and we’d have to run back to the car. It was very difficult for him to get out like a normal person.”

But when asked what really bothered Elvis, she admitted that it was his loneliness in his stardom.

The Miss Tennessee model said: “He was an intensely lonely person at heart. He was so alone in his fame and his thoughts as we all are.”

Linda would say to him how so many people love him, but Elvis didn’t think it was the same.

The King would reply: “You don’t understand, it’s not a personal love. They don’t know me, they don’t know what goes on inside me. What my thoughts are, what my feelings are, what my background is.

“They know what they’ve read and they love me and I appreciate that love but they don’t love me in a personal way.”

She added: “So it was important to him to have people around he felt did love him in a personal way.”

Elvis Presley 'did NOT take drugs' – Father Vernon Presley on days before King's death

Elvis Presley 'did NOT take drugs' - Father Vernon Presley on days before King's death

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 aged just 42-years-old. The star was discovered in an unresponsive state on the bathroom floor of his home, Graceland, by his fiancée Ginger Alden. The star was later pronounced dead the following day at 3:30pm following attempts to revive him. The star’s death was rumoured to have been caused by a number of things, including a bad diet and overuse of illegal drugs. Vernon Presley, the star’s father, disputes these rumours completely.

The year after Elvis’ death Vernon wrote a lengthy article for Good Housekeeping magazine about his late son.

Within this article, Vernon addressed the notion that Elvis was on drugs throughout the last few years of his life.

He wrote: “During the final years of [Elvis’] life, he heard rumours that he was on cocaine.

“Elvis did take medication of several kinds, but it was all prescribed. For a while, he took diet pills, but he gave them up three years ago because he was afraid of them.”

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The 1978 article from Vernon continued by discussing how Elvis was attempting to change for his health.

He continued: “After that, when he wanted to lose weight, he did it by cutting down on his food or by giving it up entirely. In fact, he’d fasted for the final 24 hours of his life.

“He did take sleeping pills because he felt that he needed eight to ten hours of sleep to perform well.”

He added: “Not too long before he died, he had a very complete physical examination.”

Vernon went on once again about how Elvis did not like drugs and would have never done them.

He reiterated: “I’m sure he didn’t take illegal, hard drugs for several reasons.

“In the first place, he’d seen what drugs had done to people he’d known and he didn’t want to wind up like that.

“Further, for his daughter Lisa’s sake, he wouldn’t have taken such drugs.”

When the autopsy of Elvis’ body was reopened in 1994 by coroner Joseph Davis, he seemed to corroborate Vernon’s claims.

He said: “The position of Elvis Presley’s body was such that he was about to sit down on the commode when the seizure occurred. He pitched forward onto the carpet, his rear in the air, and was dead by the time he hit the floor.

“If it had been a drug overdose, [Elvis] would have slipped into an increasing state of slumber. He would have pulled up his pajama bottoms and crawled to the door to seek help. It takes hours to die from drugs.”


This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Elvis’ dad Vernon Presley put a sign up outside his Graceland office to keep Priscilla out

Elvis’ dad Vernon Presley put a sign up outside his Graceland office to keep Priscilla out
As Elvis Presley shot to fame, he decided to buy the Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, moving in with his extended family in 1957. Behind the house is Vernon Presley’s office, where The King’s father would handle his son’s finances, household bills and oversee two secretaries replying to fan mail. Now, if you’ve ever visited Graceland, you’ll have seen the passive-aggressive sign Vernon put on the door.
Vernon’s sign reads: “Please read and observe: no loafing in the office, strictly for employees only!

“If you have business in here, please take care of it and leave. Vernon Presley.”

Express.co.uk took part in a virtual live tour of the Graceland mansion earlier this week and archivist Angie Marchese revealed the true story behind the blunt notice.

The Elvis Presley expert said: “My favourite story about the office is the note that’s on the door that Vernon had put up there because Priscilla would come here and visit with Patsy [Presley].”

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Last year, Angie gave Elvis fans a mini-tour of Vernon’s office, which was shared on Graceland’s official Instagram account.

Inside she pointed out a surprising revelation found in a 1958 Memphis phonebook.

The archivist looked up the Presley surname inside and found Harold, Elvis’ cousin and lots of other Presleys, but there was no sign of The King.

Perhaps Elvis was retracted to stop fans constantly calling up the mansion, trying talk to the star?

Angie also shared what was kept inside Vernon’s office safe cabinet, discovering a pair of Elvis’ sunglasses and a stack of The King’s RCA records.

Also inside were some To and From labels addressed to Elvis at Graceland.

Vernon died in 1979 aged 63, two years after Elvis. The King’s father is buried next to his son in Graceland’s Meditation Garden.

Interestingly, Graceland only have one item of Vernon’s clothes in the archives, a pair of trousers, as girlfriend Sandy Miller handled his estate.