Well, I have mixed feelings about Red and Sonny West. I bet they felt hurt when Vernon fired them, they were Elvis' friends for a long time after all.
But, I still think they shouldn't have written that book...I don't believe it was only because they wanted to get Elvis out of his drug abuse. I see it like a revenge. Elvis was very hurt after they published the book and was scared what will the fans think of him
On the others side....Where was Elvis when Vernon fired them? I mean they worked for Elvis after all...
Red is indeed a talented person and a good actor. Thanks for the pictures
All I wanted was a white knight with a good heart, soft touch, fast horse
Ride me off into the sunset Baby, I'm forever yours
Frankly, I can understand them being so hurt at Elvis for the way they were released as Elvis's employees....and as I've prolly stated before, had Red and Dave and Sonny chosen another author besides Steve Dunleavey to write the book I think it would have turned out a lot like Sonny's recent book..
Out of all the MM I think Red West was the most decent one out of them all, I think he was Elvis's truest friend, he was protecting Elvis from school days, he was there before it all began, I think Elvis's loyalty could be questioned too, why have Joe Espositio as a best man? I could never understand that, Red wasn't even invited to the wedding....You don't see Red West riding on Elvis's coat tails, that shows his character and shows he was with Elvis for the right reasons. I wish he would write another book as I would be very interested to read it, I think the truth would be told from this man, he seems to be a straight shooter and basically has a life, not like the others that are still trying to make a buck from Elvis.... Even Joe Esposito was quoted as saying that Elvis and Red were very very close like brothers....
Marina, I agree with you all in all except that I don't think Elvis had much say in who was going to be his best man at his wedding. The Colonel I think was in charge of that and decided where and when it was going to take place and who would attend and who wouldn't.
I agree that Red cared a lot for Elvis because of his long association with him stemming for their high school years together and that I think he carries the greatest feeling of guilt for the book even today. He also has good reason for having been treated the way he was but he should have thought about the consequences of being part of such a book and now has to live with it.
red was wrong for being part of the book, but like diane said l truly feel he's regretted to this day. I bet red himself would love to had the chance to say sorry to elvis for hurting him the way he did.
Daddy, I miss you more every day. You will always be my hero..
And I'll just bet there are some fans out there (and at least one or two I can think of in here!) who hate Lamar for the part he played in What Happened and will actually take pleasure if his cancer does finally claim him.
And they will smile when Sonny, Red and the rest eventually die too.
What a world.
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