I think that claim comes from Knox Phillips (son of Sam), allegedly through Dewey Phillips.it's been said in other books (IIRC) that he did get into the uppers during the early touring days in the 1950s.
And given that Sam was less than reliable in his own accounts of Elvis' career (cutting Marion Keisker out of the story), I'm not sure I buy it.
For what it's worth, Scotty Moore, not one to whitewash Elvis, denies that Elvis was on anything in his Sun days. And Johnny Cash in his autobiography disputed that claim, too.
But thanks to Walk the Line, you actually hear this as gospel truth from some people now.
I never thought you were spreading a lie. I know Lamar claims Elvis started on drugs before the Army.thank you Tony. now l don't feel like l was speading a lie, but just going by what l have read.
I just wanted to know if there was any reliable backup for that, like from Billy Smith.
Because otherwise, I'll go with Peter Guralnick on this, who had these conflicting claims and yet decided that the Army story was most likely the true one.
I would tend to go along with what Scotty had to say rather than Lamar especially since Scotty was there with Elvis in those early touring years and Lamar was not. Also I believe in Scotty's honesty over Lamar's.
Could be you are right about the pills being distributed only among the soldiers Rene, or could be the american army did give out pills....or again maybe it was just his sergeant. Too bad Charlie wasn't here to ask as he was there with him.
Usually officers, or Sergeants, do not give those pills. Or any pills for that matter.
But true, maybe some fool who wasn't afraid of losing his strips didn't care. Everything is possible.
I don't know what to say about this. Maybe he discovered them in the army but I think he liked how they made him feel and decided to use them for many different occasions like going with the guys to Vegas and staying up all night or taking them to get the energy to made all those silly movies he didn't seem able to get away from. In my opinion he knew they weren't good for him, he had to take sleeping pills in order to wear the high they give him off and get to sleep and saw how some of those around him got a scare from time to time for taking them too but I guess is one of those things you think will never happen to you and there were too many willing to give him what he wanted. A difficult situation...
I don't know...I kinda think sooner or later,given his lifestyle,and his position,he would have started taking them......
I can't blame anybody except Elvis himself. I'm sorry to say that but noone puts a gun on anyone's head to make him/her take pills. If he didn't want to take them he wouldn't have. Simply as that. As ehollier said it's all about choices...
Goodbye Rosanne...Your "family" in TCB will always remember you.
Walk the Line is one of my pet peeves, LOL.Right, I started a thread about that time ago because I have read Cash's autobiography and he says he never saw Elvis take pills during the time he was around him but watching the movie gives you the impression it was Cash's thing to portray Elvis that way.
It's pure and absolute fiction. About the only true thing in it is that June Carter married Johnny Cash.
Elvis takes enough heat for things he actually did. Getting Johnny Cash hooked on drugs wasn't one of them.
Answer - no its obviously not the armys fault a-tall.
Elvis got ahold of these and most likely thought hey this is great help me stay awake make you feel good, I'm sure he like others around him thought they were completley harmless.
"How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977
Yup I agree with you Brad unfortunately that's how all addictions start.
whatever you think about Elvis,army still use soldiers as guinea pigs, at war or peace and always will, since soldiers have no choice in(any)army..
besides, for some dark age minds it was a good opportunity to take him out of sight for two years,hoping people forget him and save their spirits and be good citizens again..
I think the Army shouldn't give these pills to soldiers... No need to do that.
Let the stars fade and fall, and I won't care at all, as long as I have you.
"You've got it all together like a lovin' machine
You're lookin' like glory and walkin' like a dream...
Mother nature's sure been good to Y-O-U"
Trust me, any soldier has a choice, always!
(referring to this topic of course!)
True Rene and I agree but on the other hand here you have Elvis who is fairly naive and believes that prescription drugs aren't harmful. He kept that in his head until it was too late.
I questioned my husband about the service giving out drugs as he was in the air force and he agreed that no they don't but that a few officers did take the liberty of giving some to their soldiers.