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Elvis & Me

Elvis Presley is the soundtrack to my life! Where I go, he goes. He plays on my Nook while I am in the shower or doing my makeup. When my daughters were little I trained them that the car would not start unless they were buckled in. Now the family knows my red jeep does not pull out of the drive until Elvis is singing on his Sirius radio station. Period! No exceptions ever. I almost gave in once on a long car trip. But changed my mind just in time. No, Elvis is it for me.

My poor dear husband has had to learn to deal with Elvis. Just when I have assured him that I have said all I had to say on the subject, I come up with something new. Silly things really! Did you know that Elvis' last name should have been Wallace? His great-grandmother had a slew of kids and never married. Elvis and the name Alvin are in the same family of names. Would it be the same if his name was Alvin Wallace?

The name Elvis actually came from his father Vernon. It was Vernon's middle name. Elvis's twin, Jessie, was named for Vernon's father. J.D. Presley was a bit of a scoundrel and after Elvis hit the big time old grandpa Presley tried his hand at the singing business. You can find him singing on YouTube with nary a tooth in his head. Daddy Vernon can also be found there crooning about how second wife Dee was not being very amourous.

My head swims when my own mother tells her story of when she went out with a young Elvis. Part of the story is it was dark outside and they drove past Graceland. Elvis remarked to the people in the car that he had just bought it. No one seemed very impressed because it couldn't be seen at night. Can you even imagine?

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Fractal wrote on September 4, 2014, 10:17 PM

Elvis has a place in life for those that grew up listening to the music of the time. I have no problem with Elvis.
For me though, it is Bob Dylan. He is and will always be my go-to choice.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 4, 2014, 11:39 PM

Your mother has a pretty cool Elvis story.

sharron wrote on September 5, 2014, 1:49 AM

It is telling of our personality who are go-to choices are. Sort of like picking who our favorite Beatle is/was. Hey, maybe that will be the next blog post.

sharron wrote on September 5, 2014, 1:52 AM

Thank you! That was the tip of the story. Out of respect for her, I will have to ask her if I can share anymore publically.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 5, 2014, 10:39 AM

That would be fun to hear about! It would make such a great post, or even a series.

paigea wrote on September 5, 2014, 1:57 PM

Wow, your mom met Elvis? And went out with Elvis? That's pretty exciting.

allen0187 wrote on September 5, 2014, 10:35 PM

Not a fan of Elvis but I do like some of his songs. 'A Little Less Conversion' is a favorite of mine!

AngelSharum wrote on September 7, 2014, 11:02 PM

I can't imagine. That is very cool about your mom. I didn't know Elvis had a twin either.

sharron wrote on September 7, 2014, 11:08 PM

His twin was born first and was not alive. It affected Elvis his whole life. His father said that Jesse looked like Elvis but they were fraternal twins. They buried the baby in a shoebox. When Elvis & his Mom were interred in the Meditation Garden at Graceland, Vernon looked for little Jesse's grave back in Tupelo. They couldn't find it. So there is a plaque for Jesse.

AngelSharum wrote on September 7, 2014, 11:32 PM

That is really sad. I wonder why they couldn't find his stone? I guess weather or anything could have happened to it.

sharron wrote on September 7, 2014, 11:42 PM

I am sure they couldn't afford a stone. It was probably just a little wooden cross. One account said Elvis used to stop by every day after school to visit his brother. You know my degree field was Behavioral Science. I find human and animal behavior absolutely fascinating. Yes, I love Elvis Presley! But from a scientific point of view it is so extraordinary to be able to study Elvis. So much has been written about his life. It is really a gift to have all this info on one individual.