PRISCILLA A. PRESLEY - COLLECTION WITH FELTON JARVIS, RED WEST, CHARLIE HODGE, HAROLD LOYD, GEORGE C. "DR. NICK" NICHOPOULOS - HFSID 295029
Sale Price $450.00
PRISCILLA PRESLEY & THE "MEMPHIS MAFIA"!
A collection including a signed photo of Priscilla Presley and album leaves signed by 5 members of Elvis's inner circle
Collection comprised of: 1) Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Pat/ Priscilla Presley". B/w, 8x10. Photo: Harry Langdon. Fine condition. 2) Autograph Note signed: "Harold Loyd", 3¼x2½. Fine condition. 3) Autograph Note signed: "To Jane/Thank you/Charlie Hodge", 4¼x3. Creased. Lightly toned at edges. Otherwise, fine condition. 4) Autograph Sentiment signed: "Best Wishes/Red West", 3¾x2½. Corners lightly creased. Fine condition. 5) Autograph Sentiment signed: "Thank/you/Felton Jarvis", 4x3¼. Top left corner chipped. Fine condition. 6) Signature: "Dr. Nick", 3½x2½. Fine condition. This collection includes signature of six persons from Elvis Presley's inner circle. PRISCILLA BEAULIEU (PRESLEY) was 14 years old when, in 1959, she first met Army sergeant Elvis Presley. Subject to conflicting pressures from her family and from his friends and business associates, the couple finally married in 1967. Their only child, Lisa Marie, was born in 1968. Although the couple seemed genuinely in love, the pressures of his career created a widening gap. Both had affairs, and they divorced in 1973, remaining - however - personal friends. After Elvis' death, Priscilla launched her own performing career, co-hosting the 1980 television "reality" show Those Amazing Animals and co-starring for five years (1983-88) on the nighttime TV serial Dallas. At age 43 (but looking at least 15 years younger), Priscilla made her cinematic bow as Leslie Nielsen's leading lady in the adventure spoof Naked Gun (1988). HAROLD LOYD (1929-2012) was the first cousin of Elvis. Loyd was gatekeeper at Presley's Graceland mansion, beginning in 1962. He wrote a book, Elvis Presley's Graceland Gates (1987), and released a sentimental record, "A Prayer for Elvis." Presley was much amused by a photo of Loyd making a funny face and kept it in his dressing room. Singer and guitarist CHARLIE HODGE (1934-2006) was performing with the gospel quartet The Foggy River Boys when he first met Elvis Presley in 1955. The two became close friends while serving in the US Army together. Hodge became part of Presley's inner circle, known as the "Memphis Mafia." He became Elvis' stage manager but performed on his own when Presley was making movies. With Red West, he was the "Imperial Council" proposing songs for Elvis to record. He was the only male singer to record a duet with Presley ("I'll Be Home Again," 1960), and with West wrote one of Presley's songs ("I'll Be Gone," 1962). After Presley's death in 1977, Hodge played a major role in organizing Elvis tribute shows. Songwriter and stuntmanRED WEST (b. 1936), a high school friend, became Elvis Presley's bodyguard, and wrote songs for Presley, including the minor hit "That's Someone You'll Never Forget." He also wrote songs for Rick Nelson, Pat Boone, and Johnny Rivers. He appeared in small roles in several Presley films and became a stuntman for friend Nick Adams on TV's The Rebel. His other TV appearances included The Wild Wild West, Black Sheep Squadron and Magnum, P.I. Feature film roles included Roadhouse. In 1976, West was fired as Presley's bodyguard, after a series of altercations with fans and outspoken comments about Presley's overuse of prescription drugs. He co-authored a book, Elvis: What Happened? released shortly before Presley's death and selling a million copies. FELTON JARVIS (1934-1981) was already in the music recording business, having produced Tommy Roe's million-seller, "Sheila," when he was introduced to Elvis Presley by Chet Atkins. Felton, a longtime Presley fan, soon became a member of the "Memphis Mafia." He was Elvis' producer from 1967 until Presley's death a decade later, managing all the details of recording sessions, including hiring, and rehearsing the band. Felton also worked with other big stars, including Willie Nelson, Fats Domino, Gladys Knight, and Carl Perkins. Presley paid for Felton's kidney transplant in 1972. GEORGE C. NICHOPOULOS (b. 1927), known as "Dr. Nick", was Elvis Presley's personal physician from 1967 until 1977, the year of Presley's death. He and Charlie Hodge were among the pallbearers at Presley's funeral. Nichopolous also served as road manager for Jerry Lee Lewis. In 1980, Dr. Nick was indicted for overprescribing drugs to Presley, Lewis, and 12 other patients. Despite testimony that he had prescribed 10,000 doses of amphetamines, barbiturates, narcotics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, laxatives and hormones to Presley in 1977 alone, the jury acquitted him on all charges. In 1995, he was stripped of his medical license. He has staged touring exhibits of his Presley memorabilia, including displays of the drugs he prescribed. Six items.
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