View Full Version : Whatever happened to Richard Davis???
10-24-2008, 07:11 AM
Richard Davis was a member of the Memphis Mafia for most of the 60's through 1970. Does anyone know how he came to be a member of the MM and what happened to him after he left Elvis??
I think I read that he is deceased which would explain his silence among all of the Elvis biographies and tell-all books by his associates, but I do not recall reading anything about why he suddenly left Elvis after so many years and what he did afterwards. Does anyone know???
10-24-2008, 07:18 AM
Richard Davis dies: Elvis' valet manager, movie stand-in, and member of the Memphis Mafia, died on Wednesday night in his sleep, apparently from a heart attack. Richard, who played a lot of touch football with Elvis, joined E's entourage in 1962 and worked for E for 7 years. Elvis bought him a white Cadillac convertible. He was eventually fired by Vernon Presley in a cost-cutting move. Following Elvis' death, Richard faced a few years of very hard times. He worked part-time at George Klein's gigs. After the casinos opened in nearby Tunica, MS, Richard righted his Life and found employment at one of them in the security department, eventually becoming a supervisor at one of the casinos. At some of GK's gigs, he would tell stories, but it was always the same two stories -- (1) of how Elvis threw flash bulbs into his swimming pool, then shot them all, causing the debris to sink to the bottom of the pool and being hell to clean out; and (2) how he had once hidden in the rafters at a movie studio and dropped water-filled balloons on the Mafia below. Richard Davis, overall, was a very nice guy. He seemed to be enjoying to the fullest the re-birth of his Life. So sad it had to end at this stage. (Elvis News, Source: Bill Burk, 27 August 2004)
10-25-2008, 03:45 AM
I met Mr. Davis once brefly and got an autograph from him when I was at Graceland in '78,he alone with others,marty Lacker were across the street at one of the gift shops meeting and greeting fans.
He was one of the good guys..
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