Elvis and his "medication"
I have always thought it was so sad that all those around Elvis should have been trying to protect him and get him off of all the prescription pills he took, getting them with prescriptions for all the Memphis Mafia, and others, so he could have access to way more medication that he should have. And Dr. Nick, letting him have all those pills. But when one thinks about it, WHO would have been able to do anything with someone like Elvis? He would be able to do exactly like he wanted. If his cook would try to cook healthy things for him, instead of what he wanted, he would simply get a new cook. If his Dr. tried to give him less medications, he would simply get another Dr., and on down the line. His very power and determination and hard-headedness in doing like he wanted, rather than following advice from those who loved him, is what did him in. I saw him in person several times, and there was an electricity about him that was hard to believe. I think that if you were in a room full of people, with your back to the door, and he came in, you would feel it and turn around. There was just a charisma about him.
I saw him at the World Championship Rodeo in Houston when he made his first appearance after all the movies, then saw him perform in Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City (front row, center) and Vegas 3 times (front row one of those shows), and last in Little Rock, AR. He was in great form for all these shows. He then came to Springfield, MO in his last tour, and I live near enough to have gone, but couldn't, and I am now glad I missed that one, as I wouldn't want to see him in the condition he was in the last couple years. How I wish someone would have been able to turn things around for him, but I am afraid those stating above are right--he did this to himself. He will always be the greatest entertainer there ever was, in my opinion, however.