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Donut
01-17-2013, 01:25 PM
What is your opnion on Sandy Ferra? I remember her in a documentary telling Elvis wanted her move to Graceland in the early 60's but that her mother didn't allow it because she was too young. She doesn't mention it in this interview, though.


By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2011/s11090199.htm

Friday, September 30, 2011

Elvis and the G.I. Blues...
Sandy Ferra reveals that she once dated the King, but eventually Presley married Priscilla and she wedded veteran TV game show host Wink Martindale

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS) -- After Elvis Presley returned to the United States from Germany in 1960 following his time as a G.I., he eventually moved to Los Angeles and with his girlfriend Priscilla pining for him in Germany, Elvis Presley began dating Sandy Ferra, the then 14-year-old daughter of a nightclub owner.


This was revealed at the Media Fellowship International (MFI) Thirteenth Annual Praise Brunch held at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, September 17, 2011, when the perennial American radio and television favorite, Wink Martindale, said, during his keynote address, that his wife, Sandy Ferra, who was in the audience, had once dated Elvis Presley.

That news was too much for an old hack like myself to pass by, so I managed to get an interview Sandy after the event, and I discovered that, because of her young age, she was initially chaperoned everywhere by her mother Mary Lou, and that 25-year-old Presley got no further than kissing Sandy, but apparently he had other intentions.

Media reports said that one night Presley asked Mary Lou if she and her daughter would consider moving to his new mansion, the soon-to-be-legendary Graceland, where he would “raise” Sandy as his future wife.

In this exclusive interview, Sandy told me that she first met the King of Rock and Roll when he visited the Cross Bow, her father’s night club in Panorama City, which is located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. He was in town to make “G.I. Blues,” his first film after his discharge from the army.

“Elvis had just got out of the army and one day he came into my dad’s club and saw my picture in the office, and said, ‘I’d like to meet your daughter,’” Sandy recalled. “So Elvis called me, and because it was a school night and my mother wouldn’t drive me up to the nightclub, he said he could come back the next week and he asked me if I could come up and meet him there. In the meantime, my dad came home and told me that he [Elvis] was a ‘gorgeous guy’ because I didn’t know who Elvis Presley was.”

Sandy explained that Elvis didn’t visit the club to sing, but just for recreation.

“So, the next week my mother said she would drive me to the club,” said Sandy. “Elvis had a date with a beautiful actress and I just sat there with my little ponytail and frilly dress. He kissed me on the cheek and then he called and told my mother he wanted to date me and my mother said, ‘I don’t care if you’re King Farouk; my daughter’s only fourteen and she can’t go out with you.’ So he said to my mother, ‘Well, you can come on the date,' so she came on our first three dates.”

Where did you go?

“Elvis was living at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, so we’d go there and have pizza, hot fudge sundaes, banana splits, as well as watch television and also talk and dance. That was our dates.

“And then, after the first three dates, he then promised my mother that he’d be a 'gentleman' and 'take good care' of me and then my mom then said that it was OK for me to go out with him without her being there. He stuck to his word and was and he was a perfect gentleman. He loved and respected my parents and was a wonderful part of my life.”

Did he ever talk about the Lord during those days?

“He knew the Bible from cover to cover and was a very religious person,” Sandy replied. “Elvis once told me about the time, when he was younger, he was driving across the desert in Texas –- because [at that time] he wouldn’t fly -- and that's when he saw a vision of Christ. He said that he had stopped the Winnebago [an RV vehicle that he was traveling in], and got out and it was then that he saw this vision of Christ. He told me that he then got back into the vehicle and said that he didn’t know what it meant. ‘You know, I believe that God has something big for me to do, but I don’t know what it is,’ he added.

“Elvis didn’t realize that this was going to take place after his death, for that is when he became [big for God], with the release of much of his Gospel music. He had no idea at the time, as he was kind of like my husband -- a Tennessee boy, who was very shy who didn’t know how talented and valuable he was.”

How many dates did you have with him?

“I dated him for six years,” she said. “And then I did dance in Viva Las Vegas and a bunch of his other movies and a lot of days I’d go to the set because I went on the auditions by myself as a dancer and he didn’t get me the parts. I worked in the movies and a lot of days I’d get paid just for going there and having lunch with my boyfriend. It was a great life growing up.

“I am sure that there were lots of girls who were very jealous of the fact that I was dating Elvis, but I didn’t talk about it very much so many didn’t even know.”

Did he ever propose to you?

“We talked about marriage and I knew I was the kind of a girl he wanted to marry, but he had actually met Priscilla two months before me while he was in Germany and then, after she moved over to the States with her parents still living in Germany, she moved to Memphis and he felt responsible for her.

“By the way, my mother would never let me go over and spend the night with Elvis so they [Priscilla and Elvis] forged a much stronger bond than was possible between the two of us. So he felt responsible for her and fell deeply in love with her of course and married her.”

Were you saddened with what happened to him in his later years when his life just fell apart and died on August 16, 1977 in the bathroom at Graceland?

“Yes, after I married Wink, we were with him in Las Vegas just a few months before he passed away,” recalled Sandy. “Wink knew him some ten years before I met him; actually before I knew either one of them. They were friends in Tennessee and were both true Tennessee gentlemen.

“Elvis told Wink how proud he was of him and how great his career was, which I found quite amazing when you think of what Elvis had achieved in his career. And then he told Wink that my mother came on the first three dates and Wink said, ‘I didn’t believe her when she first told me this, but if you tell me that, I believe you.’

“And then Elvis also told Wink that I was the nicest girl from the nicest family that he ever knew.

“After his mother Gladys died [in 1958], Elvis kind of lost his way. But then when Pricilla left him, he just wanted to forget reality because he had chosen her for his queen, and he believed in marriage as an institution; that it was meant to be ‘till death do us part' and that kind of broke his heart.”

I wondered why she thought the people around Elvis during his final days were not able to confront him about his problems.

“They were afraid that they would lose their jobs and sadly that was the most important thing for them,” said Sandy.

So are you glad you married Wink instead of Elvis?

Sandy stopped and smiled and then replied, “God had a plan and this was the plan God had for me. If I had stayed with Elvis I may have been able to save him, and you know, I’m not God, so maybe, also I may not have been able to save him. Also, I wanted somebody that I could grow old with, which I got. We were married on August 2, 1975 at the Arcadia Presbyterian Church in Southern California,” she said.

In a previous interview at the same event, Wink Martindale told me that he was a close friend of Elvis Presley and when Wink became the host of the TV show, Teenage Dance Party, Elvis made an appearance. Then, following Presley's death in 1977, Martindale aired a nationwide tribute radio special in his honor.

So, after this rather extraordinary interview, Sandy went back to join her husband, who had been the keynote speaker at the MFI event, and I pondered on what may have happened to Elvis if he had stayed with Sandy. Well, no one will ever know the answer to that one.

Diane
01-17-2013, 02:08 PM
I have really big doubts about this person who claims she dated Elvis for six years. There's no way the media wouldn't have gotten a hold on this.

LaurieT
01-17-2013, 02:50 PM
I have really big doubts about this person who claims she dated Elvis for six years. There's no way the media wouldn't have gotten a hold on this.

Agreed,,,where does Anita fit in this time line?? She was living at Graceland before Priscilla?? Maybe she has a few dates with him on the side but that's about it, I would say.

debtdbruno
01-17-2013, 04:13 PM
they think we're all guilable.....and can't 'cross reference' stories:hmm:

Kajo
01-17-2013, 04:36 PM
Never even heard about this person neither think she dated Elvis for 6 years. Completely ridiculous. They couldn't hide anything from the media for that long if it was kind of serious. Completely agree with Diane. Just more people trying to make money off Elvis' name. It will never stop.

Brian
01-17-2013, 05:03 PM
You've never heard of Sandy Martindale formerly known as Sandy Ferra.

She's been a regular on George Klein's radio show for years and has been in some documentaries.

It's true that she dated Elvis on and off for a few years.

She worked as a background dancer/extra on a few of his movies and is mentioned in several books.

Elvis dated several women at once he never had just one girlfriend and not every one of them got attention in the media.

Before Elvis married Priscilla the media knew about her but she didn't get a lot of attention from them before that.

Donut
01-17-2013, 07:00 PM
Agreed,,,where does Anita fit in this time line?? She was living at Graceland before Priscilla?? Maybe she has a few dates with him on the side but that's about it, I would say.

With Elvis you never know LOL. He also brought Elisabeth Stefaniak with him from Germany while Anita was still living there. But I agree, I don't think Sandy's relationship with Elvis was too serious.

LaurieT
01-17-2013, 07:12 PM
With Elvis you never know LOL. He also brought Elisabeth Stefaniak with him from Germany while Anita was still living there. But I agree, I don't think Sandy's relationship with Elvis was too serious.

Oh for sure,,I was just talking about the fact that she said he wanted her to come live with him,,that would be tricky with Anita already living with him??

I will never get that part of Elvis,,he was promisuous, but didn't like sex,,,he wanted his women to be chaste,,but he was wild/always unfaithful. He was a Christian,,but didn't seem to have a conscience about casual sexual relations?? Complex man.

Diane
01-17-2013, 11:46 PM
Oh for sure,,I was just talking about the fact that she said he wanted her to come live with him,,that would be tricky with Anita already living with him??

I will never get that part of Elvis,,he was promisuous, but didn't like sex,,,he wanted his women to be chaste,,but he was wild/always unfaithful. He was a Christian,,but didn't seem to have a conscience about casual sexual relations?? Complex man.

I agree with you, Elvis was a very complex man. Maybe the fact that his father wasn't always faithful had something to do with it and possibly most of the men he knew were the same and he kind of saw it as a part of life?...some people do...it's the double standard thing.

I never knew that Anita lived at Graceland...how did I miss that?

King Of The Whole World
01-18-2013, 02:15 AM
As the ol saying goes sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Donut
01-18-2013, 08:52 AM
I never knew that Anita lived at Graceland...how did I miss that?

Yes, and also did Elisabeth, his "secretary" from Germany. Elisabeth was already living with him at his Germany house and he brought her with him when he was discharged. I think the two of them even became friends (Anita and Elisabeth). Eventually Elisabeth ended up married with Rex Mansfield, an army buddy of Elvis, and Anita left Elvis when she found out about Priscilla. Priscilla wasn't the first girl living at Graceland but she was the only that put up with Elvis' "little games" long enough to marry him, I guess.

Diane
01-18-2013, 02:08 PM
Marrying Elvis was Priscilla's goal come hell or high water......;)

Brian
01-18-2013, 05:37 PM
I never knew that Anita lived at Graceland...how did I miss that?

I don't think she lived there she might have stayed over for a while.

Diane
01-18-2013, 06:57 PM
I don't think she lived there she might have stayed over for a while.

That was my understanding too.

Donut
01-19-2013, 07:33 AM
Anita wasn't "officially" living at Graceland but she spent periods of time there, even when Elvis wasn't at home.

Kajo
01-19-2013, 07:58 AM
You've never heard of Sandy Martindale formerly known as Sandy Ferra.

She's been a regular on George Klein's radio show for years and has been in some documentaries.

It's true that she dated Elvis on and off for a few years.

She worked as a background dancer/extra on a few of his movies and is mentioned in several books.

Elvis dated several women at once he never had just one girlfriend and not every one of them got attention in the media.

Before Elvis married Priscilla the media knew about her but she didn't get a lot of attention from them before that.


No I have never heard about her. I have a lot of Elvis books and collectables a lot of them are dvd interviews with his old army buddys, Charlie Hodge, Elisabeth from Germany of course who was his secretary a lot of different movie costars he dated but no Sandy Ferra.

Snake Eyes
01-19-2013, 12:50 PM
Oh for sure,,I was just talking about the fact that she said he wanted her to come live with him,,that would be tricky with Anita already living with him??

I will never get that part of Elvis,,he was promisuous, but didn't like sex,,,he wanted his women to be chaste,,but he was wild/always unfaithful. He was a Christian,,but didn't seem to have a conscience about casual sexual relations?? Complex man.

Complexity has nothing to do with it. The temptation was always there and so was the opportunity.

Brian
01-19-2013, 06:30 PM
No I have never heard about her. I have a lot of Elvis books and collectables a lot of them are dvd interviews with his old army buddys, Charlie Hodge, Elisabeth from Germany of course who was his secretary a lot of different movie costars he dated but no Sandy Ferra.

She's mentioned in a few of these books

Revelations of the Memphis mafia
Elvis day by day
Careless love
Baby lets play house.

For documentaries she's in the Many the loves of Elvis.

Her mother is also interviewed in the Many loves of Elvis.

Diane
01-19-2013, 07:05 PM
Something I missed in a couple of those books...thanks Brian.

Kajo
01-20-2013, 12:11 PM
Something I missed in a couple of those books...thanks Brian.

Me too. I have each and every book from here except Baby let's play house looks like I also missed this her in a couple of these books. Thx Brian.