Red's Favourite Story:
TS: Is it true Elvis carried a gun everywhere and have you any stories to tell about that?
RW: We all did. After we’d all been deputised in Denver in Vegas andMemphis. We had security investigations of our past. We were all armed and dangerous.
TS: Of all the pranks that Elvis pulled on members of the Memphis Mafia, what do you consider to be the funniest?
RW: OK. This is one of the things we did to break the boredom in Las Vegasand this was in the book, one of the good times. We had these threats and they had come and gone, so we didn’t have anything to do, we were going to pull something on the Stamps Quartet. Elvis, Sonny and myself got together and said lets pull one on the Stamps, let’s tell them that we’ve had another threat, go through this, this, this... OK, so that’s what we did. First we got the real security guards from the hotel to empty their guns, afterwards we thought what if somebody had really tried something that night. But anyway, down in the dressing room after the show we got the Stamps and said, "Hey fellas, now this is serious, we got another threat tonight so I want you to take the elevator, go up to the 30th floor, get out of the elevator, walk through a hall into the suite".
So, all the way there, Sonny and I are priming these guys, "Man, be on your toes for this sound". Bad. They were nervous wrecks all along the way to the elevator, we went upstairs, we went into the suite and there was a way around to the front of the suite and there was a way around to the back through the dining-room, down into the living-room. I went in with them, closed the door, Sonny fell back and went around the other side. As soon as we got in the suite I said, "OK, looks like we’re OK". Then all of a sudden Sonny shouted "Son of a *****", boom ... we put blanks in our pistols. JD Sumner knocked Elvis down and laid on top of him, Donnie Sumner jumped over the bar, hit his knee on the top of the bar and almost broke his legs. He was hiding behind the bar. I went running up these three steps, fired a couple of shots, Sonny fired a shot. I grabbed my stomach and said, "Oh, I’m hit" and I fell down these steps.
All the guards that followed had been shot, all these shots going off, all these guards were "dead". One of the Stamps was underneath the table, he was very religious and he was praying! And the other one, the wild man of the group says "Give me a gun, give me a gun". He went over and actually grabbed one of these dead guard’s guns. "The son of a ***** is empty". By that time, Sonny stuck his arm around Elvis (who was still on the floor with JD Sumner on top of him) and all Donnie Sumner could see from behind this bar was this hand with a gun. He picked up a big tomato juice can and threw it, it missed Sonny’s hand and Sonny turned around and he said "Son of a ….. " and fell about (laughing). That’s the sort of things we did to amuse ourselves.