"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."
"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."
"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."
(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)
"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"
"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."
(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)
"Elvis is everywhere"
(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)
"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"
(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)
"The image is one thing and the huiman being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"
(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)
"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"
"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"
"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"
(Soul legend, James Brown)
Man launches DNA in bid to prove he's Elvis' son
17 July 2005
(Jackson, Michigan) Tim Farrell, a truck mechanic from Michigan, is taking his search to determine whether or not he is the son of Elvis Presley, to a new level.
It was announced today that Mr. Farrell is launching a search for potential half-siblings, in order to determine whether there is a match between him and other
“I don’t know what else to do,” Mr. Farrell said, “I’ve talked to everyone possible
about ways to prove or disprove my mother’s story, that I was fathered by Elvis
Further, he said that after more than a year of trying to get information and stay
out of the public eye, he feels he has no other recourse than to go public.
“My attorney and other friends have talked with so many people,” Tim said,
“including the attorney for Elvis Presley Enterprises, and others connected to the
Presley family. Nobody is willing to cooperate in spite of the fact that I’ve made no
claim to the estate, even if it’s proven to be true.”
According to Farrell, Tennessee state law does not allow for individuals over the
age of 21 to ask the court to compel anyone to provide a DNA sample. Farrell
says his dilemma is no different than for others who are the potential offspring of
celebrities. Without financial or other resources, Farrell says, the opportunity to
discover the truth is virtually impossible.
Farrell’s search began on the basis of his mother’s admission to him that she had
an intimate encounter with Elvis Presley in Memphis, in 1954, while he was
performing at the Eagle’s Nest.
His mother, Rebecca Holland (Stewart), first told the family in 1978, after Elvis had
passed away. She told him that it would have been scandalous to admit she
became pregnant by a nightclub musician at the age of 19. Farrell says she was
afraid of the anger and scorn of both friends and family. When Elvis became
famous shortly thereafter, Farrell says his mother disregarded any thought of
telling people about it.
“Ma knew that nobody would believe a word she said, Elvis being famous, and her
claiming that,” Farrell said. He also pointed out that there were no DNA methods to
prove or disprove the story at that time.
Farrell says the family “put it aside”, and went on with their lives. It was difficult. His
mother’s story went public, and though he was a successful, working musician in
his own right, “the pressure was incredible”, he stated.
“I felt like the sideshow at the circus,” explained Tim. “People came to hear me
sing just out of curiosity, and even the booking agents turned it into this big deal. I
just couldn’t deal with it.” Farrell quit performing publicly.
In 2002, after Farrell’s mother had been ill with cancer for some time, he went to
see her. It was their last visit. He says that his mother told him again that he was
When she died, she left Farrell a sealed package of documents and letters. This,
he says, is why he decided to start searching for the truth. Regardless of the
outcome, he felt he needed to know. The package contained items related to his
mother’s story, and supportive documentation.
Farrell found a family friend that took an interest in his search, and it grew into a
team that voluntarily helps him find ways to either prove or disprove what his
mother told him.
After a year of searching for clues, Farrell says he thinks he has the justification to
at least ask the question: am I the child of Elvis Presley? He states that he has no
interest in causing trouble for the Presley’s, but that he believes he has a right to
“Children of adoption even have ways to negotiate for information,” Farrell said, “I
don’t see a compelling argument to keep me from the truth, whatever that might
A group of his friends, calling themselves “Friends of Tim Farrell”, have started a
blog to share information, and solicit the participation of other potential children for
“I have known about all of this for 27 years, and even before that, growing up, my
ma said my father was a musician. I think it should be okay just to know the truth.”
For more information, visit www.iselvismydad.blogspot.com., or via private email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. All ideas and comments are welcome.
Read earlier story about Tim Farrell
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)