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NEA
09-04-2004, 02:20 AM
Does anybody have any interesting stories regarding a meeting with a member of the Presley family? a member of the 'Memphis Mafia'? a member of the TCB Band?

Maybe you shared a moment with Uncle Vester or Harold Loyd at the Graceland Gates...spoke to James Burton or Charlie Hodge backstage...met Lisa-Marie in person....or been involved in an incident with the more controversial characters like Red West or Donna Presley Early?

Let's hear from you.

E.L.V.I.S
09-04-2004, 02:27 AM
well the person i know very well isnt much a elvis family member or friend but a quiet well known character in elvis world.Its ann nixon.

I see her each month.Me and my father sat down and talked with her for hours (for those who dont know who she is she attended many elvis concerts and does reviews in 'the man and his music' magazine)

Boy has she got many funny stories about what she saw.She is such a nice person also and you can sense the love and respect for elvis.

She attended the 'caught in a trap' (i think its called) concert where elvis came out riding on a guys back with a monkey on his own back :lol: .Then later in the concert they rolled out a bed and elvis sung while lying on the bed :lol:

Man wouldnt you love to have gone to that concert :'(

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 09:06 AM
Great story Aron (y) yeah wish I could have seen a concert :'(

I have no spectaculair storys, but I have met Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, Joe Guercio, James Burton, Glenn D. Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Al Wertheimer, the Jordannaires, espacially Ray Walker was very nice. On august 16th this year I met Donna Presley, I know there is a lot of talking about her, but for me it was special to meet family of Elvis on this day, and she was very nice.

jbgude
09-04-2004, 01:42 PM
I did get to meet some of the band members - and have a few autographs : but I draw the line with friends and family making a living out of Elvis -infact I skipped going to a concert /play recently in London because it was promoted by that Donna Early - I mean how can anyone take a woman who changes her name legally to "presley" -and pretend that it was her "original" family name - (n) kind of puts me off.

oh well to each his own. I have and will continue to avoid the "Mafia" except perhaps for Jerry Schilling -if I ever get a chance.

jb

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 01:48 PM
Hi Jb, we had no choice, we were eating in a restaurant and she joined us, because she heard that we were with such a big group of people from Belgium (I was the only Dutch) to visit the Elvis week. We asked about the name change and she told when she was younger she wanted to be a model and of course the Presley name would open doors. Elvis agreed with the name change she said. That's all I know about it.

NEA
09-04-2004, 01:55 PM
You wise person, jbgude!

I recommend Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, Linda Thompson, George Klein, Charlie Hodge, along with former Actress and model, Celeste Yarnall.

It's quite an experience to watch David Stanley perform at Elvis events too.

This Donna Presley (Pritchett) Early woman has got a dubiously interesting story eh?

Hmmm......

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 02:04 PM
I'm not defending her or anybody else. But maybe it's better to judge when you have met somebody than just from hear say. There are so many people judging others because it looks good. Please don't take this the wrong way I m not saying one of you does that. But for my self I like to keep an open mind. And I must admit I didn't know a lot about her before we met. It was just a reply to a question who we have met. I hope I'm not judged not to be wise just for meeting the woman. :blush:

NEA
09-04-2004, 02:05 PM
Hey P.S. Annie,

You most certainly have a spectacular story.....apart from Donna P.P. Early....watch yourself, Annie!

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 02:14 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by watch your self, I just met the woman once that's all. I'm not definding her, but I have the feeling that I must defend myself to you for just the act that I have met her. I meet a lot of people every day that doesnt mean that agree with what they are doing or saying. But lets here who everybody else met, because that what is you wanted to know, right.........

NEA
09-04-2004, 02:20 PM
Hi Annie,

Not judging you at all...like I said I think you've got a great Elvis story, but just be aware of what is happening with some of the so-called Family & Friends.

It helped me to do the internet homework after I met them. For example www.elvispresleynews.com is very helpful re: Ms. Early.

No, Annie, you're cool...no probs with you.

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 02:24 PM
Thanks Nea, I know that site. I have no problem with you either ;) I'm aware of what is happening with some of the those people, but I don't judge that easy and it is just one meeting, I live in Holland so I'm sure she won't visit me :P

NEA
09-04-2004, 02:26 PM
Nice one Annie!

Cheers.

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 02:29 PM
:cheers:

(have to write something otherwise the message is to short)

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 05:35 PM
OOOO :blush: , I forgot about John Wilkinson, met him at a fanclub day.

E.L.V.I.S
09-04-2004, 06:10 PM
my dads (if it counts :P :lol: ) has seen the tcb-band three or four times.Oh and i also met annette day (from double trouble) i got her to sign my album and she is such a great person to talk too (y)

(great post by the way annie,love hearing stories such as these :clap: )

buttonhead
09-04-2004, 06:21 PM
uhmm ..well i am not yet personally met elvis friend or family..but i used to have friend lived in wisconsin who also elvis big fan, and he sent me elvis book autographed by Donna Early Presley , but i heard some news about how she and her husband took advantage of some elvis fans , they're just presley in name but not in honor..pretty bad, and i got Elvis TCB band member autographed from elvis 2002 ( 25th anniversary of his death :'( ) ...and i got the complete recording of red west last conversations on the phone with elvis few days before the released of Elvis:WHAT HAPPENED book.

I wish i could have gone to any of elvis concerts :'( , once awhile i browse internet about elvis and read how some fan are lucky enough to see him, got kiss, or scarfe that bit of attentions ...i might got to see graceland soon, but not meeting the man himself seems like feeling quite weird.. :'(

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 06:34 PM
i might got to see graceland soon, but not meeting the man himself seems like feeling quite weird.. :'(

It is weird not to be abel to meet the man himself, but when you visit Graceland you will feel pretty close...

NEA
09-04-2004, 06:37 PM
Hey Annie,

I reckon u qualify to introduce the whole TCB Band on the next tour - go girl!

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 06:40 PM
That's a nice idea Nea, but I'm afraid I wouldn't know what to say, I would just babble and bla bla. :blush:


Forgot to thank you Aron. (y)

NEA
09-04-2004, 06:42 PM
Hi Buttonhead,

You mentioned 'Presley' in name but not in honour. I suppose because name = Dollars $$$$$$....and lots of them!

It's a shame, because Donna & Hubby come across as genuine people....but you ever seen the film 'Jeckyll & Hyde'??!!

Is the tape recording of Mr. West and Elvis the genuine article? That must have been eerie to listen to? Obviously West had the phone bugged at the time - more dollars eh?

I felt and still feel sorry for Elvis.

buttonhead
09-04-2004, 06:44 PM
It is weird not to be abel to meet the man himself, but when you visit Graceland you will feel pretty close...

Thanks for the sweet comment P.S Annie, as i remember you were there on Elvis Week this year, if you dont mind me asking, is that way too over whelming to be there in August with thousand of people ,fans and events ?

E.L.V.I.S
09-04-2004, 06:48 PM
no worries annie,

we seem to have got a tad off-topic here guys (maybe you could put together a new topic to discuss it more :hmm: ) anybody else met any well-known faces in elvis world?

NEA
09-04-2004, 06:49 PM
Hi Annie,

Nice Sentiment to Buttonhead about visiting Graceland....I was a child fan and never got to meet him or anything, but I visited his home for the first time in last year....you are definitely correct Annie.

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 06:50 PM
Hi Buttonhead, it is quit overwhelming, for me the most important reason to go during Elvis week was because of the Candlelight Vigil. We stayed a couple of days after Elvis week was 'closed' and I must say that I really enjoyed my visit to Graceland more than a couple of days before. Because the second time I was sometimes alone in the rooms, and that is great. (y)

E.L.V.I.S
09-04-2004, 06:56 PM
sorry to take it off-topic again guys :blush: but did you know its now possible to pay to spend a night in one of the rooms in graceland? whether true or not i think i may start saving.

should be spending my night there in year 3056 :lol: (y)

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 06:59 PM
Didn't know that, I heard about the possibility to hire the Lauderdalcourt apartment from a hotel.

NEA
09-04-2004, 06:59 PM
Hi mate,

Where did u hear that?.....don't think i like that idea....worth a new thread i think.

buttonhead
09-04-2004, 07:01 PM
sorry to take it off-topic again guys :blush: but did you know its now possible to pay to spend a night in one of the rooms in graceland? whether true or not i think i may start saving.

should be spending my night there in year 3056 :lol: (y)


:lol: oh i wish i could do that too, it would be a little spooky to sleep in a place where mmm controversial death was there, i am sorry if i am off the topic but i might not be able to sleep there if i HAD the chance,..i would have just explore whole night inside the graceland.. (y) oh well..just a dream i guess.. :blink:

E.L.V.I.S
09-04-2004, 07:02 PM
it was on tele text over here in the uk.Maybe its a total fake but i kinda like the idea.But maybe not graceland they should be for elvis only (y) .No wait i think it may have been ' bel air ' you can spend the night at :blush: still good though (y) .They really should make a museum at 'bel air' with elvis items :hmm:

NEA
09-04-2004, 07:05 PM
Ok guys,

Back to the topical thread of Elvis family & friends - from James Burton to the controversial family members such as D.P.E.

P.S. Annie
09-04-2004, 07:33 PM
Ok good idea NEA, who did you meet? Please share (y)

NEA
09-04-2004, 07:44 PM
Hi Annie,

I met Joe Esposito, Harold Loyd, Jerry Schilling, Becky Martin (Elvis' friend from Tupelo), David Stanley & D.P.E.

I've recently made acquaintances with Elvis' 'Live A Little, Love A Little' co-star, Celeste Yarnall - lovely woman.

P.S. Annie
09-05-2004, 08:04 AM
Celeste Yarnell, I believe we saw her at the TCB/Legend concerts on august the 13th, is this her??? please correct me if I'm wrong....

NEA
09-05-2004, 02:38 PM
Yes that's 'Ms. Little Less Conversation' - Celeste Yarnall.

buttonhead
09-05-2004, 10:41 PM
Hi Buttonhead,

You mentioned 'Presley' in name but not in honour. I suppose because name = Dollars $$$$$$....and lots of them!

It's a shame, because Donna & Hubby come across as genuine people....but you ever seen the film 'Jeckyll & Hyde'??!!

Is the tape recording of Mr. West and Elvis the genuine article? That must have been eerie to listen to? Obviously West had the phone bugged at the time - more dollars eh?

I felt and still feel sorry for Elvis.


Yes, Donna Early and her hubby "their taste is champagne but their budget is beer", they really are suppose to be in jail.

The tape i got here was a gift, from my friend, he said it was along with the Elvis What Happened book first released in 1976...1977 i didnt remember, but yes it is genuine recordings, plus Red West swear alot,..he said 'F' words this and "Sh..t" that, and so was Elvis to my surprised,..the conversations actually pretty much friendly, but yet you could tell that Elvis was in big trouble ( debt ) since Joe E. came up with the idea to have this racquet ball court plus day care in there blah blah...elvis might loose graceland for that idea
:angry: ..good job Joe E. :'(

If you read the thread about the selling of elvis by friend,family...on few weeks ago thread, it is sad how some of elvis long life friends still making money out off presley name, but its not one way , since the fans of elvis always curious wondering the life they have with the legend.

Well,..thats all i can say about that..for now.:)

buttonhead
09-06-2004, 12:53 AM
Yes that's 'Ms. Little Less Conversation' - Celeste Yarnall.

she still looks as beautiful as she was .. ;) :)

carolynlm
09-06-2004, 06:51 AM
I met Sonny and Judy West while at Elvis Week. Sonny was at the hotel where I was staying and he is just great. Judy is a fantastic lady and I for one applaud any of the MM wives who stayed around as long as she did. Sonny had lots of great stories, one in particular that I won't repeat. NEVER.....EVER...
He answered questions about the book, and didn't hesitate at all. I talked to him before his first appearance and I asked him how did he handle questions about the book. He told me that he will answer them straight, and if someone touches on a subject that he doesn't want to talk about he will just say that.
I sat next to Donna Early at the Legends Concert, she was very polite to me when I needed to get past her to use the bathroom..... :P
It seems as though Annie and I met almost the same amount of people, one of the nicest was Jordan from Jordans-Elvis-World.........

NEA
09-06-2004, 02:16 PM
Hi Carolyn,

Good Story....I like to steer clear of the likes of the name 'West'. I'm sure Sonny is a nice guy in this day and age, and appears to have grown-up a lot since 1976. And, he always appears to be quite sincere on Chat shows as opposed to his bitter 'sour grapes' ramblings from the the late seventies.

I reckon Judy must be a very nice person - fair play to her. I will be very interested to pick up a copy of Sonny's new re-tell publication whenever it comes out. I'm sure it will be a lot more sincere and truthful as opposed to the first attempt with his cousin and that old part-timer Dave Hebler.

To be quite truthful, I can't really be bothered with the three of them - but to each their own.

You passed Donna E. to go to the bathroom? - it's a wonder she didn't charge you a fee!....hope you kept your eye on your purse whilst you were seated next to her - lol!

quinn53
09-06-2004, 04:06 PM
I'm sorry for getting off the subject, but i do have an interesting story that happened in front of the Graceland gates. My girlfriend asked a guy to take our picture in front of the gates. He had an English accent so I told him I liked The Beatles too. He asked what I knew about The Beatles and I said a lot. He asked me if I knew who Tony Sheridan was. I said sure he was the British singer who The Beatles backed up on a rock version of "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean." Well, it turns out this guy was Tony Sheridan, Jr. We had dinner with him and he told us great stories about growing up with The Beatles playing in his back yard. Tony, Jr. is a guitar player, Big Elvis fan, and had a rockabilly band at the time. This was about 3 years ago. That's it.

NEA
09-06-2004, 06:27 PM
Hi quinn

Hey what a great story, and a fantastically small world!

quinn53
09-06-2004, 07:06 PM
Thanks NEA, glad you enjoyed it. It is a small world. I wonder what the odds of that happening are? I should have bought a lottery ticket that day!

P.S. Annie
09-07-2004, 08:17 AM
I met Sonny and Judy West while at Elvis Week. Sonny was at the hotel where I was staying and he is just great. Judy is a fantastic lady and I for one applaud any of the MM wives who stayed around as long as she did. Sonny had lots of great stories, one in particular that I won't repeat. NEVER.....EVER...
He answered questions about the book, and didn't hesitate at all. I talked to him before his first appearance and I asked him how did he handle questions about the book. He told me that he will answer them straight, and if someone touches on a subject that he doesn't want to talk about he will just say that.
I sat next to Donna Early at the Legends Concert, she was very polite to me when I needed to get past her to use the bathroom..... :P
It seems as though Annie and I met almost the same amount of people, one of the nicest was Jordan from Jordans-Elvis-World.........

Maybe because we were there at the same time ;) Jordan is indeed a very nice guy, he did great job with the Vernon house (y)

P.S. Annie
09-07-2004, 08:19 AM
If you read the thread about the selling of elvis by friend,family...on few weeks ago thread, it is sad how some of elvis long life friends still making money out off presley name, but its not one way , since the fans of elvis always curious wondering the life they have with the legend.

Well,..thats all i can say about that..for now.:)

That is a good point, if we weren't that interested they wouldn't sell anything :!:

buttonhead
09-08-2004, 03:12 AM
That is a good point, if we weren't that interested they wouldn't sell anything :!:


Yep thats right Annie.. (y)