ELVIS WEEK 2007

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"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


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"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


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"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


 

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"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)


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"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


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"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


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"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"

 

(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


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"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


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"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


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"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


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"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


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"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges...producing, no propelling, a fundamental, primordial and unstoppable shift in not only musical, but social, political and cultural history"

(JNP, BBC website)


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"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"

( Dr. John Walker)


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"It [rock & roll] was always about Elvis; not just because he was Elvis, but because he was the big star"

(Bono from U2)


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"If they had let me on white radio stations back then, there never would have been an Elvis"

(Little Richard)


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"Elvis loved opera, and he especially liked Mario Lanza. He would watch The Student Prince which was set in Heidelberg, over and over again. He loved the power of the big voices. And he loved big orchestras. He liked real dramatic things"

(Marty Lacker in 'Elvis and the Memphis Mafia')


Quote:

"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead"

(Johnny Carson)


Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:

Heartbreak Hotel (1956)

Don't Be Cruel (1956)

Hound Dog (1956)

Love Me Tender (1956)

Too Much (1957)

All Shook Up (1957)

Teddy Bear (1957)

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Don't (1958)

Stuck On You (1960)

It's Now Or Never (1960)

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)

Surrender (1961)

Good Luck Charm (1962)

Return To Sender (1962)

In The Ghetto (1969)

Suspicious Minds (1969)

Burning Love (1972)

(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)


Elvis Facts:

Elvis was 5' 11.75" tall

 

Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond

 

Elvis' blood type was O Positive

 

Elvis' shoe size was 11D

 

One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian

 

Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936

 

The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948

 

Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002

 

In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride

 

Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker

 

The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety

 

Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm

 

Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show

 

In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin

 

Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest

 

The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US

 

Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US

 

Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967

 

They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973

 

Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax

 

Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson

 

On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16

 

"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion

 

For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000

Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release

 

Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973

 

In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale

 

Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977

When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen

More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages

 

At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)

 

By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs

 

During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million

 

While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Miller talks to EIN

About Billy Miller: Billy Miller is a private investigator who lives in the Las Vegas area. He became friendly with Elvis as a young boy when his father became friendly with Vernon Presley. Billy is currently finalising his book about his friendship and employment with Elvis...a book Billy says will make many people stand up and take notice. It is due for publication in mid 2007.

A number of people are dismissive of Billy's story of his friendship with Elvis. EIN recently spoke at length with Billy and leave it up to individual readers to form their own opinion on the merits of his story.

Shown opposite: Billy Miller

Billy is also featured in the documentary, Why Elvis?, available on DVD.

During our interview, Billy made it clear to EIN that for legal reasons relating to the publication of his book he could not divulge specific details on particular issues at this time. As you will read in the interview, he assures us that substantive evidence for his claims will be included in his book.


EIN: Billy, please tell us a little about the Billy Miller story.

BM: I was Born in Ohio and lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a child we moved to Virginia, Fairfax City and I finished high school in 1966. I then served in the Navy until 1969.

After I met Elvis as a young boy I was able to stay in touch with him over the years.  My dad and Elvis's dad became best drinking buddies. My dad was a welder and he did jobs around Graceland for Vernon and Elvis and also welded Priscilla's Corvair. I thought my father was the greatest. He let me jack-up the little Corvair. We finished it just in time for Priscilla to go shopping with Vernon's credit card. I remember that Vernon loved Priscilla as if she was one of his own kids.

I was involved in undercover work with the Washington, D.C. Police, Virginia State Police and the FBI.

Elvis pushed me to go on with my life. He even went on cases with me. He helped me go undercover with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. Another time we helped Burford Pusser fight drugs in the Memphis schools.

My book will prove what really happened - it will be the 'True Elvis Book'...The True Tell-All Book...Elvis's passion for the law and undercover cases...what and why Elvis went to Washington, DC in 1970 just before Christmas.

There will be the story of my life with Elvis in Vegas in 1976. At that time I was driving Elvis and his friends around town, buying gifts (guns, rings, etc.) and taking Elvis to his private bedroom at Dr. Ellis Ghonman's home (a hideout for the King) behind the Hilton Hotel. I will detail my investigations for Elvis from my case files from 1968 to 1977... My cases from Tennessee, Huntington Beach California, to Las Vegas, Nevada. Washington, D.C. to Florida and back to Tennessee. My files will be an open Book...

EIN: When and how did you first meet Elvis? 

BM: It was the spring of 1957. Elvis was on tour in the Midwest and one of his stops was Fort Wayne, Indiana. I was 10 years old at the time. One of my school classmates' mother and father were best friends with Elvis. Elvis was playing at the Fort Wayne, Indiana Coliseum and stopped by to say hi. My friend came by my house and said "Billy you got to see this guy at my house". We ran to see this guy named Elvis. At that time I'd never heard of Elvis!

And when I did meet him I didn't realise how he was going to change my life forever."

All the names and proof will be in my book!

EIN: You connected with Elvis?

BM: Elvis and I initially had one thing in common.  We had both been abused as a child. I was lucky that Elvis came to my rescue. It it wasn't for Elvis talking to my father about my stepmom's abuse, I believe I would have been dead before I was 12 years old. Elvis would see me and I had stitches in my head and fresh bleeding from a beating by my stepmom.

Elvis had been abused by both Vernon and Gladys. Gladys had a serious drinking problem which was destroying her mind and her body. Elvis told me that when the alcohol kicked in she became very violent and would beat up on him. She was very strict with Elvis as a kid and would pull on his ear and make him do things he didn't want to. And after Vernon got out of jail he could become very vicious and violent.

Despite her problems, Gladys loved Elvis and was the one person to keep him on the straight and narrow up until her death.

As I got older Elvis and I had another thing in common, We loved under cover police work.

I look back on my friendship with Elvis and I see him as the older brother I never had, and as a best friend.

EIN: Elvis had a special nickname for you can you tell us about it?  

BM: I was a young kid going to Graceland. I was the kid that had to stay in the truck while my dad drank with Vernon. I used to sneak out of the truck and watch all the guy's at Graceland playing football. I wanted to play with them but Elvis said I was a kid, and his friends would hurt me. They played for real.

I used to follow Elvis around hiding from tree to tree. Elvis used to call me'' Kid''  and when I turned 18 it became "Billy The Kid".

Even then I was still not able to play with the guys. My dad said the guys were too tough, and they also didn't like outsiders.

There was another name Elvis called me...Elvis's spy. This came about when I was younger. When I went to Graceland Elvis would tell me to go spy on the guys and then report back to him. Because I was just a kid, I guess was just in the way. So this was Elvis's nice way of saying "get lost kid".

For me it was a case of either stay in the truck or go hide from tree to tree and watch what was going on. I thought this was so neat, hiding from the guys watching what was going on and then reporting it back to Elvis. Boy do I have some stories to tell....and they will all be in my book.

One time I spied on Elvis and Priscilla in the swimming pool. They were giggling and making out, and Elvis' hands were going everywhere. When I told him about it later he laughed and said while I was his spy, he didn't have me there to spy on him.

One of the good things about being Elvis' spy was I got to get out of the van. I also got to play with Lisa Marie.

EIN: Most fans are aware that Elvis was a big admirer of the police forces.  You used to go “undercover” with Elvis which must have been very exciting.  What stories can you share with us about those times? 

BM: I was working undercover with the FBI on a grand theft auto case, in Fairfax, Va.. just 13 miles out of Washington, DC. This car ring started in Maryland to DC to Fairfax Va., ending up in Florida. Elvis offered his help as there was a Virginia State trooper roughing me up. While I was undercover he pulled a gun on me.  Elvis was mad as hell when I told him. Elvis hated bad cops.

From time to time I would return the favor by doing something for Elvis including taking him undercover with me.  Also, like talking to President Nixon, also using my connections in the FBI when one of Elvis's friends, George Klein, was in trouble with the law. The FBI helped out on that one.

At other times Elvis and I would "bug" those around us. Elvis liked to do it just for fun. I had arranged to obtain a wireless microphone, one of those which you program to FM radio. Elvis decided to stick it on a famous person, I can't say who. He got a kick out of listening to this person's conversations and also of them making out. Elvis did it just for fun, it wasn't malicious or anything.

Elvis liked the wireless microphone so much he wanted to order 100. But when he found out how expensive they were he settled for just a few. We'd plant them in the guy's rooms and their cars. They never knew. Elvis even wanted to plant a bug in someone's shoe.

We had some scary times"undercover" for both the FBI and the Metroploitan Police Department. Both Elvis and I could have quite easily been killed on some of those cases.

EIN: You also had a “contract” with Elvis.  What is the story behind this?

BM: My first shot at really working for Elvis was in 1969 at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christmas was just around the corner and Elvis asked me if I would deliver gifts to some of his friends. I nearly fell down....Elvis asking me "Billy the  Kid" to help him out. It felt good knowing that Elvis trusted me..."Billy the Kid".

I felt all grown up and working for Mr. Elvis Presley. Someone told Elvis that we needed a contract, because of the cars, rings etc. We were at a party at the time and Elvis asked for a little help from some lady. She helped us write out a contract. It was for 20 years of my silence. The bad thing about it was the 20 years started after his death.

In my book I will be including a copy of my contract with Elvis.

EIN: Many of the stories printed in the hundreds of book and magazines published about Elvis are either fabricated or only contain a small element of truth. What stories in particular would you like to correct for our readers? 

BM: There are many incorrect stories. For instance the cover up over Elvis's body at the cemetery. Vernon Presley hired two friends of the FBI to jump the wall and pretend that they were stealing Elvis' body! I arranged this after Vernon asked me to talk to some FBI guys about moving Elvis' body. The plot was then set in motion using Thomas Moore, Ronnie Lee Adkins and I.C. Smith (FBI).

There was a good reason why Vernon did this. It takes a special permit to bury a body on a family residential estate like Graceland. Vernon needed there to be a kidnap attempt so he could get a permit to move Elvis' body to Graceland.

But this is only part of the story. The real cover up is that when Elvis left Graceland on August 16, 1977 he was alive! And now you'll ask, so who is in the casket?" That is the real cover up but right now I can't reveal who.

That is also why Vernon Elvis Presley agreed to the autopsy and put a 50 year block on the findings. 

All will be revealed in my book!!!

I was with Elvis when he went to visit President Nixon and he stayed at the Washington Hotel in rooms 506-508. I have the letter from Elvis asking me to arrange the meeting. I was there when he went to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and was told the President was busy and couldn't see him until the next day. I put him on a plane to California to see Jerry Schilling. Elvis returned with Jerry and Sonny West to see the President the next day.

In June of 1976 Red West, Sonny West and Dave Hebler were fired...why? It was not because of the drugs that he used. They revealed this in their book "Elvis What Happened?" which was published before Elvis died. Until then these three men were Elvis' best friends, but they were causing problems for Elvis with their strongarm tactics. That's why Vernon fired them. Elvis loved all three men and they were his very best friends. They were not fired for drugs. They were fired because of all the lawsuits. Vernon was afraid of all the guys. He thought if they were gone, then the lawsuits would go away. Elvis was sick for weeks over this. He truly missed his best friends.

EIN: What about Elvis and the Memphis Mafia?

BM: Many of those guys sponged off Elvis. They were not real friends to him and would never have made it without him. There were a few, like Dick Grob, who was a true friend to Elvis. Those who were there at the end were his true friends and respected him.

Let me tell you the real Memphis Mafia story: Red West, Sonny West, David Hebler, Marty Lacker, Lamar F., Alan Fortas, Richard Davis, Mike McGreger, Joe E. and the Stanley boys. In my opinion these were the real Memphis Mafia. As I stated the others couldn't keep a job. Some were even stealing from the King. Each of these guys has a story to tell, and so do I. Dick Grob was head of security, an an ex-cop from Palm Springs. The boys didn't consider him one of the Memphis Mafia. Nor did they consider Joe E to be part of the Memphis Mafia. Joe E. was not too well liked by the Memphis Mafia.

EIN: EIN recently published a series of articles regarding claims that Elvis was racist and stole black music. What would you say to these claims? 

BM: I never knew Elvis to steal anything. Elvis may have copied their style and added to it, but he didn't steal it.

I also never knew Elvis to be a racist. He treated everyone the same. We used to go down the back streets of Beale Street. It was known as Blues Alley, an all black area. Elvis took me in behind the stage to watch many shows. I have met many black singers and horns/brass players, some are famous and some not. We used to go to a few all black churches, just to sing their songs. 

Elvis gave away countless numbers of cars to black folks. Remember Mary Jenkins at Graceland and her brother (he owned a drugstore). Then there was Ms. Rorke at Graceland. Elvis gave money to the Black Foundation in Memphis.

I only heard Elvis use the N- word once and that was in Las Vegas, when James C. stole the photos of Prsicilla and a ring. Elvis walked out on the runway at McCarran Airport to stop the plane that James Caughley was on board. When Elvis flashed his Government badge the captain stopped the plane. It was then Elvis said let's get that (N) off the plane. But guess what? James Caughley is white. I have never known Elvis to be a racist. I don't believe it... 

It's also interesting that one of the most famous African-American celebrities is Oprah Winfrey. And Oprah revealed that she is a distant relation to Elvis.

EIN: Elvis was known for his generosity. What else can you tell us in this regard? 

BM: Elvis has helped a lot of people I used to drive Elvis around town in his old Pontiac car. I used to stay out at the lake (where Vernon had a cabin) and when I would see Elvis, he would throw me his wallet to carry as there were no pockets in his pants that he wore. He would be coming from Graceland in sweat pants and a sweat shirt. If we saw someone he thought was in need, Elvis would say "Billy pull over here". I would pull over and black or white Elvis would hand them some cash. I remember asking Elvis "Why do you do that?  Why do you give them money?"  Elvis replied "It makes me feel good." I said "Most of these people don't even know that it is you, Elvis Presley". Elvis said, "Someday you'll know what I mean when I say it makes you feel good".

EIN: A lot has been written about Colonlel Tom Parker. What did Elvis think of the Colonel in his last few years?  

BM: Elvis was a big teddy bear back in the 70's with his medical conditions. There were situations with the pills, some of the guys stealing and fighting, Elvis' weight gain, the loss of Priscilla. All in all, Elvis was on edge. He could get mad as a raging bull and 20 minutes later he was over it, and he wanted you to be too.

But he was always mad at the Colonel. They fought like two tiger cats. Elvis had a hard head, he was set in his ways. He fired the Colonel a few times, but Elvis knew that without the Colonel he would be nothing. In the 70s the Colonel knew Elvis was again out of control. Incidentally, that's the reason Elvis went in the Army in 1958. Duty called just at the right time. The Colonel said Elvis was out of control. The Colonel knew that time would fix Elvis, but Elvis thought that while he was gone no one would remember him. But Parker knew Elvis had a million dollars worth of talent, and Elvis just had to prove it to the world.

EIN: Was Elvis aware of the offer of $5 million subsequently increased to $10 million for him to perform a concert in front of the pyramids in Egypt?

BM:  This is new to me. I never heard of this, but I was only a PI not part of his daily meetings. I was there to find out info about girls, guys, driving, pickup stealing, etc. What I can say is first Elvis would not leave the USA after 1970. Everyone has written about the Colonel not being a US citizen, with no US papers. They were all wrong. Yes, he was from overseas, but remember he worked in Florida as a dog catcher. He could have left the country and came back time after time, as he did at least twice in his early years in the US. The reason was The Colonel was afraid of the boys being out the US. They all carried guns and prescription drugs, also they were very over protective of Elvis. This proved to be true with all the lawsuits filed against the estate. The Colonel knew any trouble in a different country could be very costly, or even worse, no more Elvis.

EIN: Did Elvis ever talk to you about his split with Priscilla? If yes what were his feelings? 

BM: Elvis talked about Priscilla quite a lot. Once he sent me to the Tropicano Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas to follow her to see if she met with Mike Stone. He also sent me to Huntington Beach in California to see if Priscilla and little Lisa Marie were OK and watch for Mike Stone.

Elvis hated what he did to Priscilla, He said that he was mean and hateful. He also once accused me of having sex with Priscilla. It happened one time when Elvis came downstairs the back way to the kitchen. I was there with Mary Jenkins and Priscilla and we were talking about the guys. We were talking about things like how they lived like pigs and never cleaned up after themselves. How they ate what they wanted when they wanted, like steaks at 3:OOam, then they'd go to bed leaving a big mess. They also called Priscilla a bitch for complaining.

When Elvis stepped into the kitchen he looked at me. I could tell he was mad. Elvis said "You son of a bitch" let's go".

I followed Elvis out the door to the car port. He was steaming mad. He said I was trying to hit on his girl, and I started to tell him what we were talking about. Elvis hit me on the side of my face, almost knocking me to the ground. This was his first and last time it ever happened. Elvis told me he would never do it again.

He told me how he lost his "Cilla", which was his pet name for Priscilla. He cried "I need her back", I miss her so much. I pushed her away. I put her thru hell".

He asked me "Do you think she will came home? Back to Graceland. Hell-you don't know, you're a kid, Billy I'm sorry". He walked away.

Weeks, maybe months went by, during which time I refused to talk to Elvis. I then knew for the first time how Priscilla felt. To love someone so much, and when you tell them the truth they don't believe you.

For Elvis though, the death of Gladys, and the loss of Priscilla, were the two things that he really couldn't handle.

EIN: You were friendly with Priscilla?

BM: I knew Priscilla quite well. She put up with a lot. I used to watch her, from a distance, and after Elvis pushed her away and she became unhappy, she would sit there and cry for hours and hours. Priscilla does not deserve what has been said and written about her over the years.

EIN: What do you think of the 'Elvis is still alive' stories? 

BM: I have to laugh at all these stories, some of which are good, some bad. After all these years not one person has got it right! The closest anyone has come to the truth is Marty Lacker. One hell of a man. Even top leading book authors missed the boat on the real story. Again. my book will reveal the real truth!  

EIN: What are your greatest memories of Elvis the person?   

BM: Elvis was the most generous man, that I ever knew. From 1957 to 1977 he gave until it was nearly all gone.

EIN: Was it difficult being around Elvis in those final years?

BM: If I had to be with Elvis 24/7 I think my life and attitude for Elvis would have been different. I only saw Elvis when I was a kid about 7 to 10 times and even in the 60's as a teen only about 10 times. In the 70's I saw him maybe 25 times. The best year was 1976 when I got to spend time a lot of time with him.

The problem with Elvis was by that time he had so many issues. He would be nice, then mean, then nice. He could change like the dice on a crap table, hot-cold. If you didn't agree with what he said, you were out.  If his joke wasn't funny but you laughed, you were in. If you pushed too hard, you were out.

You have to understand that Elvis was not well and because of this he wasn't an easy person to hang out with. His medical problems were getting worse and I found it harder and harder to deal with him and his problems. Elvis would play dumb, he would pretend to fall asleep. He would do this just to listen to what you had to say. He was a good actor. His guys loved to talk and talk they did. 

EIN: What do you feel about Elvis' legacy?

BM: History was written by Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock & Roll. Elvis changed the history of popular music. If it weren't for Elvis our music might have been very different. Even today, Elvis is still the King of Rock and Roll.

But despite his fame, Elvis wasn't happy. He always thought that Priscilla would come back, even up until August 1977. Elvis loved Priscilla so much, and no one could compare to her. Even the Colonel wanted them back together.

In the final years Elvis was totally out of control due to the prescription drugs from all the doctors. This and the pain of suffering he was enduring led to him being overweight. The Colonel was starting to get worried about the drugs as Elvis was forgetting the words to his songs, and unable to control his temper on and off the stage.

Elvis blamed the Colonel. But he also started to realize it was time to get out. By June 1977 Elvis had gained too much weight. He promised the Colonel he would be ready but by mid July he had gained so much weight that he couldn't put on his own white boots and even worse could not zip them up due to his swollen feet and ankles. At this point Elvis knew he would never fit in his new jump suit. The Colonel was so upset he even made threats to Elvis: 1. Be Straight, 2. Be in Shape, 3. No Prescription Drugs or I'm finished with you.

Despite these tensions, the Colonel loved Elvis like his own son, and he put up with a lot from him. The Colonel knew that Elvis had a lot left to give to his fans. He also knew that the money was almost gone. The Colonel knew that if he pushed Elvis, it might work, even though Elvis would say, he was tired, and just needed a long rest. Some say that the Colonel killed Elvis by over working him. However, in 1977 Elvis was like a run-a way train. It was bound to happen...Elvis was going to leave the building for good.

EIN: Billy, let's get back to your book. Please tell us more about what will be in it?  

BM: The first thing I should say is that there has never yet been a true book about Elvis. Two, I am writing my book with a very well known identity which will surprise many people.

My book will also blow everyone away because of the verfied evidence it will have, including one by a member of the Presley family who is still alive!

It will cover me working for Elvis as a PI/detective, my life and times with Elvis (mostly in 1976). I will detail our undercover cases, my good times with, and bad times with Elvis. There will be facts from my files, names, dates, places, social security details. I will have contact details for FBI agents so readers can verify my claim that I worked "undercover" with Elvis. It will tell you how my life changed from 1957 to 2006. And it will be the true Elvis story!!

You'll also see copies of my files, the cover ups, Elvis facts. My book will be the one to tell you what really happened on Aug 16 1977...after Elvis left Graceland alive! I will include documentation on everything!

I also have a copy of the cashier's cheque Elvis gave me for working for him. And it's not for a small amount, but an amount in the thousands of dollars. I have photos of me with Elvis on stage and a letter from Elvis asking me to get him some law enforcement badges.

EIN: Billy, many people reading this will doubt your claims. What do you say to them?

BM: I can tell you, when my book is published there will be many people who have called me a liar, called me a kook...they will have egg on their face and I will have the last laugh. I will prove to them I am not a fake or a fraud. A lot of people will be surprised and suddenly remember that 'little pain in the butt" who used to hang around Graceland.

In writing my book I have had evidence much of the forensically analysed by the FBI to substantiate its credibility. I have letters written to me by Elvis. I have a letter from Lisa Marie Presley. I have a letter from President Nixon about his meeting with Elvis. I have also had some of my material authenticated by organisations like Sotheby's and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

And some of my letters have been authenticated by the leading authentication agency in the world. I have signed affidavits, notarized. I've gone over every fact and how to prove what I have to say. What really happened in the lead up to August 16, 1977, the cover-ups, how far did they go. My book will expose it all! All of my material is being protected, and is locked in a bank vault.

I still have my files from the investigations that Elvis had me doing bugging cars, bugging Graceland for fun. They are on Ricky Stanley's girl friend Donna T., George Klein's case, girls visiting Graceland.

And one item which will surprise everyone... Elvis's real will, not the fake will which was probated.  

You know I was the "little pain in the butt" who used to hang around Graceland. If I wasn't there then how did I get all the Elvis stuff and why are there so many organisations saying it's real? They will be ablee to read it all in my book.

 

Opposite: Rick Stanley

The stories in my "tell all" book are from the eyes of Elvis Spy ... Billy Miller, the one they say was never there! It will stagger a lot of people when it comes out!

EIN: When do you expect to have your book released?  

BM: I expect my book to be available by August 16,  2007. I have been working on it for over 8 years. Because of my contract with Elvis I couldn't put it out until 20 years after he died. And in the past years I could have already published it but most publishers only wanted the dirt and filth on Elvis, not the truth. Three German publishers offered me a huge payday but I knocked them back. I have turned down substantial sums of money for my story because I want my book to be respectful of Elvis, and respectfulto the truth. I wanted my book to be one which people know comes from my heart.

EIN: You also have a project called Memory Lane. What is this all about? 

BM: Memory Lane will be a Museum. It will have items from the stars, on display. Even impersonators, presidents, movie stars, singers, and yes, even Elvis Aaron Presley. Also that evil man from Dallas, yes JR. There will be a letter to me from Mr. Larry Hagman, and much more.

The museum will include one section called Memories of Elvis.

EIN: And you are giving the profits from Memory Lane to charity?. 

BM: Yes, the Museum acccepts donations for entry and profits go to five charities. These are:

1 SAINT JUDES boys and girls which was Elvis's biggest charity.

2 CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES

3 CANCER FOR CHILDREN

4 AIDS FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN

5 BILLY MILLER KIDS FOUNDATION

You pick which of the charities is to receive your money.

EIN: Tell us about the Billy Miller Kids Foundation.

BM: This Foundation was a venture discussed by Elvis and myself. We wanted a charity to help kids in need. Proceeds from The Billy Miller Kids Foundation will go to the Children's Hospital in Memphis, Saint Judes and 50% of the proceeds will be to provide food, shelter, toys for kids at Christmas.

EIN: Billy we understand you are also a major Elvis collector. Please tell us about your collection. 

BM: I have T.C.B. rings, necklaces, Elvis belts, a belt designed by Mike McGreger. I have letters, notes, cards personal items that Elvis owned like shot guns, TCB guns, other TCB jewelry, a pocket watch. Also sunglasses, paintings, a drawing of Elvis's jumpsuit by Marty Lacker, knives, even glasses Elvis drank out of. There are photos I took of Elvis and his family. There are letters from Mary Jenkins, Mike McGreger and others, and much more.

EIN: Billy, thank you for talking to us today.

BM: Thanks EIN. You know EIN is the first to ask me for an interview. Everyone else has just slammed me and put me down. Until now no-one has asked me about my material, my documented evidence.


Message from Billy Miller

At this time I want EIN readers to pick a charity, and I will donate a portion of my book to your choice of charity in EIN name's...  Again many thanks to you and yours and all your fans.     God Bless and World Peace to all man kind... (Billy the Kid) Billy Miller

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AJ (USA): I just read your Billy Miller interview. It was great!! I think/hope EP fans will be happy with this book & Billy Miller. It just seems nearer to the truth. Elvis was no god, but neither was he a devil. You did one hell of a job on this one. Thanks for being so nice to him. No one else has. We'll see what he comes up with.......


Sami: I'm not sure if I believe Billy Miller or not but I think he seems to be a friend to Elvis' memory which is good.


John Deakes (UK): Yet another kook we've never heard off trying to cash in on Elvis! Will it ever stop?


Paul Samms: This guy Miller is a leech of the worst kind. What a load of bullshit he's spreading. EIN shouldn't have wasted its time with his pile of manure.


Marshall Terrill: I’m absolutely fine with everything Billy Miller has said regarding his relationship with Elvis Presley.  I will be looking for his book in the fiction section, where it obviously belongs.


Karen S.: I have one thing to say to Billy Miller, see a shrink.


Tom Cercone: I find this hard to believe. Why wait all  these years to come forward. It seems to me that this is another money generated book. On the "E" network Sonny West was quoted that this guy wasn't around. Common sense dictates that someone would have noticed him. Maybe I am a cynic but I loved Elvis
since I was a kid. I am nearing 61 years of age and I just hate to see people  now coming forward
with what I consider outrageous claims to sell a book. I am and will continue to be a loyal and
respectful Elvis fan.

John Omark (Sweden): Great interview. I am glad a reliable source finaly comes forward and challenge the lies comming from the Elvis world. Elvis fans - grind your teeth.


AJ: "At this time I want EIN readers to pick a charity, and I will donate a portion of my book to your choice of charity in EIN name's...  Again many thanks to you and yours and all your fans.     God Bless and World Peace to all man kind... (Billy the Kid) Billy Miller"

I'm not sure why anyone believes the MM . I KNOW  I've never seen one offer any of their book proceeds to charity.

Cory Cooper: I find it odd that Mr. Miller states for legal reasons he cannot divulge specific details of the book but yet on August 12th, 2006 at a Casino in Las Vegas, he seemed very willing and without much prompting to talk about all kinds of "Details" and "Facts" to a perfect stranger he had just met only minutes before. That night he spoke of his book deal that he says was offered to him by major publishing houses around the one million dollar range but that he had declined at that time and now the offer was in the millions of dollars range. Some of what he speaks about to EIN can be found in books that are already published.

Also strange is that in his interview with EIN he speaks well of a lot of the Memphis Mafia members yet that night when speaking to me he stated that he was attacked and beaten in a parking lot and left for dead. He insinuated that it was the Memphis Mafia who did it because they knew about his book and they didn't want him to write it. He said that when the book comes out there will be agents next to him at book signings for his safety. He then mentioned that while he was speaking with me there were ten people in the casino watching him for his protection. In my opinion, it was obvious to me that Mr. Miller doesn't have a close friendship with reality. The rest of the conversation contained outrageous, vile and insulting comments by Mr. Miller to the memory of Elvis Presley.


Carolyn (Australia): Just a note regarding the interview with Mr.Miller....the first thing that grabbed my attention, and had me thinking that this guy wasn't quite telling us the truth, was his statement regarding seeing Vernon give Priscilla his credit card to go shopping....now we know that would never have happened......lol.


Georgianna: Thank you for this interview.  As always, you keep us informed about everything that's happening in "Elvis World."   I was surprised and pleased that Mr. Miller is proceeding with this book.  I'm looking forward to finally hearing what this man has to say. 


William: Thanks for the interview with the elusive Billy Miller.  I have wanted to know more about him since he appeared on the Last Days of Elvis, which originally aired back in 1999.  To answer some of the critics, he was under a non-disclosure contract to Elvis for 20 years AFTER Elvis' death.  He mentions that he has been working on the book for 8 years, so to answer Tom C, that's why it has taken so long.  I know two authors who Billy Miller approached about getting this book written.  One had already done a couple of books on Elvis and didn't want to do another Elvis related book, and  the other may regret that they didn't take on this project. 

I see all the jabs and stabs at Billy and the comments regarding the interview.  I've never met Billy, but just let me go on record as saying that I do believe that the true Elvis story has yet to be written.  Maybe it's Billy's.  If Billy did indeed know and work for Elvis, he will be the first to stand up and say that Elvis didn't die on 8/16/77.  There are several projects coming to a head in August of 2007, which will be the 30th anniversary of Elvis' "death".  I am looking forward to seeing both of them being completed. 

To all the naysayers, it must be agonizing to live in the dark.


AJ: I don't think anyone read this interview. They just reacted. What has Billy Smith said about Elvis that others haven't? Only in a much more loving way than most. Read it again, folks ! This time compare it with what Elvis' "friends & family" has had to say. Grow up ,people ! Most of this happened, whether you believe it or not ! It takes NOTHING away from Elvis . Not his music or the kind and generous man he was.


Barbara (Texas): have read this interview which I must say can be considered controversial. I do think in my opinion I think you should hear the man out. Why do you think that yours is right? Well, were you there? I know I was not!  Maybe he was there. But in the interview he stated that in had a contract with Elvis. Do you know what it was about and were there at the time? So give the man some space, I do think that he got something here. Why don't you let him talk, He wasthere so he said let him prove it. But any time someone talks about Elvis, it is controversial one says YES the other says NO. Mr. Miller states he has all this Elvis stuff and is going to open a museum. Where did he get? If not from Elvis then who did he get it from?

Jimmy Velvet (USA): As Elvis' friend Jimmy Velvet is in the photo (top of page), EIN's Piers Beagley contacted him for a comment. Jimmy told EIN:

"I'm really sorry about all of the things Billy is saying. I was the guest at a Fan Club meeting here in Vegas on Sunday when Billy took that photo of us together. I did not know that it was for anything to do with his book. All of these stories that Billy tells are things which I know nothing of. Billy has always been nice to me, but I wasn't around Elvis as much as some might think. I did not witness any of what I have heard from Billy.

I was very close to Vernon and only around Gladys a few times. She was, in my opinion, A Grand Lady who truly loved her son. To slander her beautiful memory would be a sin. I don't care to be a part of it, other than to say that I don't believe any of it - short of the grabbing of Elvis' ear to get his attention. She's the only one that could have done that. I knew them all and I loved them all unconditionally as my God Loves Me. As always, I Love the Fans of Elvis and want no connection to any book if it Slanders Elvis." - Thank You and God Bless, Jimmy

AJ: I find it odd, Cory Cooper, that had Billy Miller NOT have talked to you, you would have complained about that too. Everything that you use as an" Elvis expert" can also be found in books, already published . Proving all that is quite another thing!

I didn't see that Miller spoke well of the MM. He only listed the ones he felt were the "original MM."   Although, he DID say he felt Marty Lacker was "the closest to getting it right " Would that be Lackers story he told a London Newspaper??

Insulting stories about Elvis ? What about Goldman, Geraldo and ALL the many others that came before ? If you're interested in protecting Elvis' name ....you've got quite a few more to cover.

As to a statement on Millers "friendship with reality"........what about your friendship with Patrick & his upcoming  book in proving everything was done "right" in 1977 & that anyone's crazy to think there might have been a cover-up? It would appear you might be out of touch with reality yourself. What's your "interest" in that book.....& will Patrick donate some of HIS proceeds to Charity?? Read the books yourself, Corey!!


MB: My comment on your interview. 2007 going to be a good year, and whether we like it or not, whether they are true or false, all these books and films are part of the ongoing story
that is Elvis.

EIN thank you for giving us a glimpse of what is to come in 2007.

With all your interviews, you give us the opportunity to decide if we want to part with our cash or not. And you give all these people who are either involved in or get them self involved in the whole Elvis Saga a fair opportunity to peddle there goods, as always the choice lies with us to buy or not buy, to believe or not to believe. Or just follow the most amazing story thats still going on even into the future.


Marty Lacker: I have read some of the feedback on EIN to Billy Miller's story.

First to answer AJ.  Like Elvis we do things for charities without publicity.  I do realize your comment might have been made because you generally don't care for us in the MM and that's your problem not ours.
 
I am writing the following comment about Miller's claims in capital letters to emphasize my point.  You all have the prerogative to believe what you want  but what I am about to write is 100% truth.  I have also consulted with the other guys and they say the same thing!
 
BILLY MILLER HAD ABSOLUTELY NO CONNECTION TO ELVIS.  THE MAJORITY OF HIS CLAIMS ARE BOGUS AND NOT TRUE.
 
JUST AS AN ASIDE, HE CLAIMS AS A KID HE HID BEHIND TREES IN THE BACKYARD WHILE WE PLAYED FOOTBALL.  THERE IS ONLY ONE FIG TREE IN THE BACK YARD AND THAT IS AT THE END OF THE CARPORT.
 
I find it hilarious the comments by Cory Cooper in regards to his conversation with Miller.  We beat him up?  The guy's got a great imagination and possibly a screw loose, quite frankly none of us would cross the street to talk with the guy. 
 
However someone should beat the hell out of him for trying to scam the fans.  I can tell you that while Elvis was alive had he written the bogus claim that Elvis' parents abused him as a child he really would have been hurt bad.  What a low life to write something false  like that but I shouldn't expect anything different from someone who is in cahoots with that other liar, Dee Stanley.
 
The unfortunate part about it is that since Elvis has died people who had nothing to do with his life have come out of the woodwork with their phony claims.  I realize that many fans who were not with Elvis don't know what to believe.  Whether you like the MM or not, be mature and realize that we were with him almost 24/7, some of us for over 20 years, we know what went on and with who it went on with.  Most of us have no reason to lie about anything pertaining to those years.
 
I know there are a couple of guys who exaggerate what they have done and one or two take credit for things they had nothing to do with, that's human nature.  It's sad that they do that but they do it because they think that makes them something special to the fans.  They should just be happy and content that they were close to Elvis, they don't need to say those things.
 
As for the remark about Miller having written proof, we have documented proof that what he says is not true and if push comes to shove we will make it public.

I was not going to comment on Miller's bogus claims because I did not want to give him any further exposure but I changed my mind when I read above that some of you are buying into his crap.  I also realize that some of you might have been prompted by Miller to write what you did. Thank you.

EIN Comment: Marty (and a number of other members of the Memphis Mafia) contacted EIN shortly after we published the interview putting their position that the Billy Miller story was a fabrication. They asked that we keep their comments confidential, which we respected. EIN thanks Marty for now providing the above comments.


AJ: In response to Marty Lacker: No, I can't say I do like most of the MM. I'll own that problem. Wouldn't it be easier & help more IF you'd let Miller & anyone tell their own story & THEN you can come forward with your own "documented proof " to prove them wrong?? Are you afraid, Marty? It's way past time to get this over with!! You're doing Elvis fans no favors with your threats & innuendos.
 
You, of course, have neglected to mention that you were NOT around on 8/16/77. Nor did you find it important enough to return to Memphis for "your friends" funeral. Tell me; how long long has it  been since you've been back to Graceland & seen that "little fig tree" you speak of......or seen Priscilla or Lisa??  OR even visited "your friends" grave??

John Omark: From the comments here it seems many people can expect may surprises in the future.  It is hardly surpriseing Elvis and family kept things secret even for MM members. It seems a few of such secret are now surfaceing. Others are discussed in smaler groups and will be surfaceing in the years to come. The answer from " the fans" is the same old one, wich also was heard after Albert Goldmans book came out in 1981: "It is a lie". And more recenly "I, Lisa Marie" - which, according to many,  is also a lie. As I have understood it, the MM was a well paid staff of servants. It is not surpriseing Elvis confided more in an undercovre agent with connection to FBI than he did in his servants. After all undercover agents were Elvis' heros, and much to his regret he never became one himself.


Sandra Richards: I met Billy Miller and he is an honest seeker for truth.  I believe his stories because the truth is stranger than fiction.  Something like that couldn't be made up.

MM: If Elvis was not dead when he left Graceland on 8/16/77, when did he die?  Tell it in EIN and I might be tempted to buy the book!


Blue: Marty It's just amazing how you claim to be with Elvis 24 / 7 considering you where not around much after 1968, I know for a fact that when I meet Elvis you were not there. You have repeatedly slammed Elvis and Priscilla Presley on national TV after claiming that you were Elvis's best friend. Best friends don't do that to there best friends. Now you are slamming Billy Miller and I am supposed to believe you? I talked to Elvis about Billy Miller, and he said that Billy was there. So I can't see why Elvis would lie about something like that. Elvis wanted me to meet Billy Miller back in 1971 and through 1973 then we lost touch for a while.

So please Marty stop the lies are you just siding up with the other MM because you were not there? Yes, Billy was attacked and left for dead, and Billy has never said who? Further more Billy has never said a negative word about you. So what is a matter Marty, afraid of what Billy could say about you? He does not want negativity about you or any one else. This is his book on Elvis and law enforcement not about you or the MM so get off your high horse. Because you are acting like the back end of the horse.

You said that you have talked with all the guys meaning the MM and no one remembers Billy ever being there, I would believe that it is true, I don't know how you or any of the MM could remember the past. The pills were being passed like MM's candy, this can be proved. You can take that to the bank.

So lets see what the book has to say. You have stated your piece of mind and now I want to hear from Billy. The last time I checked we are in America, land of the free. Freedom of speech and the freedom of choice. You have chosen one road and Billy has chosen to set the record straight. I do know for a fact that Billy has spoken to me about you Marty, admired you when you were drawing and designing Elvis's jumpsuits, that Billy was so inspired by your drawings that he talked to his Dad about signing him up for art school. So I know for a fact that Billy Miller admired you then and looked up to you. That is how Billy is, a true friend and friend for life. So you keep slamming Billy all you want, Billy will still turn the other cheek.


Marty: To AJ, John, & Blue, how sad but not unexpected. The same old rhetoric about the MM.  The same false accusations and statements. 

Not around after '68,? How long did it take you to think that one up Blue.  I said WE were around 24/7, there was always at least one but usually a few of us guys with him every day.  Designed his jumpsuits?  I'm glad he admired it but I didn't design his jumpsuits.  I did design his wardrobe for two movies along with him but that happened when Miller said he was a little kid. 

The fact is I have never met nor talked to Billy Miller in my life and neither have any of the guys except one or two of the Stanleys and that was long after Elvis died. 

AJ I'm shocked, you don't like the MM, I would have never guessed.  Why I was not at his funeral has been answered ad nauseum over the years and there's something about your attitude that compels me not to explain it again to you. It's amusing that you think any of us owe you an explanation about anything pertaining to our lives with Elvis. 

As for our proof that he's bogus, that will be shown in due time.  Stay tuned. 

Well paid servants John?  That's hilarious.  Interesting how your mind works, that's why it doesn't surprise me that you could never fathom the concept of not being there for the money.  How about the ten years after I left the payroll when I was with him every day in Memphis, went on tours with him,The Aloha Special & Vegas, all at his request.  How 'bout me talking him into doing the '69 American Studios session in Memphis and the fact that I was also resposnible for HWY 51N being named Elvis Presley Blvd. 

How 'bout many other things I did for him while I was on the payroll and made a whopping salary of $45 to $205 per week over the span of years. The year I left I was the highest paid guy in the group along with Joe, that's when I made $205 per week, that was just for the last year and I had three children and a mortgage. The year after I left I made ten times that amount in the music business and Elvis had nothing to do with that. Then again, like I said, you wouldn't understand that within your envious mind. 

Sandra you're probably a nice lady and it seems you have common sense.  The difference is the truth is the truth and fiction does a dis-service to Elvis. One of Miller's many pieces of fiction is that he had something to do with Elvis meeting Nixon and going to the FBI HQ in Washington.  As for Nixon's meeting, not even Bud Krogh, Nixon's assistant made any mention of Miller being there or having anything to do with it but he does mention that it was just Sonny and Jerry. 

As for the FBI Tour, that was set up by former Shelby County Sheriff Bill Morris, who later became County Mayor.  Bill is a very good friend of ours and he's still around to verify that. 

However AJ, Blue and John, be sure you get back to Miller and let him know my message and get your instructions on how to answer. I hope you three buy the book if it ever comes out, you deserve it.  I think Marshall Terrell's feedback above hit the nail on the head. "Look for it in the FICTION section of your book store!" Buying it is tantamount to throwing your money down a sewer, you've earned it. I wish you three a good life and that's all you'll get from me. Bye, Bye.


Ol' Bob: My name is Ol' Bob and for many a years I worked down the road a piece from Graceland on old hwy. 51, you all know it now as Elvis Presley Blvd. I have pumped gas for all the guys at the home of Elvis Presley more times then I can count. I must say to Billy Miller it's about time that you stepped up to the plate. You have let these guys walk all over you for years. To all the Elvis fans I can prove that Billy Miller was in Memphis, I can even prove that Elvis came by the station asking me to run over to Ho Jo's motel not to far from Graceland and help Billy (The Kid) Miller get his 55 chevy started, Elvis said stop by see Daddy and he'll take care of the bill, I did as Elvis ask of me. 

This is only one of many times that I have seen Billy Miller at my station, another time Jimmy Velvet was getting some gas, he was taking the Stanley Boys to the movie house, this time he also had Billy Miller in the back seat. Billy Miller is a fine young man not a liar as stated by the Memphis Mafia. It seems that the good old boys have something to hide. I am looking forward to reading Billy Millers book, I used to listen to the stories that Billy would tell me about Elvis I believed him then and I believe him now. If anyone has memories of Elvis to tell, and there are people like me still around, we all want to hear them, I know that Billy will tell the truth, Billy loved Elvis as his own family. Billy would never slam anyone in his book. So I say to you all give my friend a chance to take you back to the days of Elvis in the maken of Rock N Roll History, his life and times with the King of Rock N Roll.

If Billy says that he has the proof for his book, then you best believe that he does. Just one fast story that I want to share with youall Elvis fans, just to show you the Billy Miller that I remember. Billy came walking into my station one day when Elvis was in the hospital, Billy said that he was bored and missed Elvis, Billy had 2 gas cans and was going to fill them up with gas. I asked, run out of gas? Billy replied no, but Graceland did, I said what, Billy replied you know that old gas pump out back of Graceland it went dry, before Billy could finish his story, we both looked at each other and started laughing, I almost busted into tears for laughing so hard. Billy said you messed up my joke.

Billy keep going on your book, theres alot more of us in Memphis that remember you, more then the so called Memphis Mafia. I won't be here forever so hurry. Elvis wouldn't have told you his stories if he didn't want you to pass them on, and he never would have done the Under Cover Work with you, you gotta  tell it all. Looken forward to the book and all the old memories that you are going to finally share to all the Elvis fans. Thank you for listen to an old man, what is right is right,  Ol' Bob  


Terry Wheeler: Cory Cooper, as Billy Miller won't give us the "details" and "facts" but he's told you, why don't you share them with us?


EIN Apology: The picture of Billy Miller with Jimmy Velvet (see top of article and Jimmy Velvet's comment above) was provided to us by a friend of Billy's. They had thought we would remove Jimmy's image from the photo. Billy never intended for any person to be hurt as a result of his interview. We apologise to both Jimmy and Billy as we didn't realise we were to only use Billy's image in the photo provided. It was not our intention to cause upset to any party.

Billy's friend Blue sent us this message about Billy, Jimmy and the photo:

Blue (on behalf of Billy Miller): Billy has never asked Jimmy Velvet to endorse his book or any one else. Billy has been friends with Jimmy for many years. We are going back to the 50's and the 60's. I am sorry if people think that Jimmy was part of this book which he is not, so I am going to set the record straight. There are maybe 10 pictures in the whole world of Billy Miller that I know of and I have 7 of them. You asked for a picture of him and I sent it to you. Billy is very upset over this because his friendship with Jimmy means so much. As I said, when writing to Marty, Billy does not want anyone to get hurt over this, not people he cares about. Jimmy is a very kind and loving person like he has always been, and Billy wants it to stay that way.


Sandra Richards: Marty, Thank you for giving me the benefit of the doubt in having common sense.  I'd like to say that whether Billy was at the White House or not, does not discredit anyone else. It is his story.  He may have been there and as his position working for Elvis, he may have asked not to be mentioned before.  I don't know.  I wasn't there. I do know that there are stories about Elvis that haven't been told yet. I have one myself, and those that do know of my story, who were with Elvis, won't acknowledge me.  You can take that to the bank.
Ida Ritter: All I have to say about this book, I do not believe anything said in this interview, but I will wait for the book to read.
 
I wonder how many more like this one will still be coming in the future, it is evident that they are not going to stop.  All of the sudden he knows it all.

Cory Cooper: I said I wasn't going to repeat some of the comments Billy Miller said because they were so vile and insulting but since someone has asked what they were and after reading comments from others that seem to believe his "Story" maybe letting others know the rest of what he told me will help people understand how ridiculous his comments are. 

Mr. Miller told me that his father was an underwater welder and that when they would visit Elvis at Graceland, his father would bring his welding gear and work on the Graceland gates. That on some visits he would have to stay outside Graceland while his father visited Elvis and that he would end up playing with Lisa Marie outside in the yard. I find this odd since at the very least, Mr. Miller would have been in his early 20's when Lisa Marie was born.

He said that he was the one that picked up the Snowmobile that Elvis had converted to work on grass but when he went to pick it up, it didn't fit in his truck. Now, these stories are not that vile or insulting, they are just stories that I do not believe and convenient comments for Mr. Miller to say to make it seem he had a personal relationship with Elvis Presley.

What was vile and insulting was the claim by Mr. Miller that Elvis raped women. That is just a hurtful and malicious statement to make. He also stated that he knew that there are bodies buried in the desert and that Elvis is living in Brazil.

I do not believe a word Mr. Miller has to say. I find it compelling that even though some members of the Memphis Mafia do not get along or speak with one another yet they all seem to agree that they never saw Mr. Miller or believe his story. That says a lot.


Blue: After reading what more people are talking about, I would like to address Cory. Yes you were are the Cannery on that night you said you spoke with Billy Miller. But I can assure you that Billy did not state that Elvis raped women and that there are bodies in the desert. Also Billy did not state that Elvis was living in Brazil. 

Billy has talked to 2 or 3 thousand people in his life time, and not once has Billy ever stated that Elvis living anywhere in the world. I don't know what you have been thinking, Billy would not say things like that. Billy and Elvis were very good friends. And why in God's name would Elvis rape any one women when they were throwing themselves at him, get a grip. I have met you Cory I know what you look like and you can only wish.

But I can assure you that your time with Billy was about 5 minutes or less you even asked for him to come back after the show. As you were putting a list of questions together, we left and did not come back to see you.

I can tell you, what you and Billy did talk about, was the new book Elvis Decoded and that was it.

To Marty yes it was outfits. I just saw it quickly and your signature was on it. I am sorry that I offended you, I should have known that you did not design any jumpsuits, I am sorry that I gave you too much credit. The idea came from Lee, and Elvis went to Bill Baleu. Any way, Sorry for the mix up Marty.

Lord knows that we don't what to say anything bad, or wrong about Marty cause he is the God of all Elvis's. Marty you talk big, why don't you talk to Billy there is a spot to hit to write to him. I know what you are doing Marty, you are a very wise man. But you are not going to be in the book, so you're talking bad about Billy so maybe Billy will get as low as you, and bad mouth all the MM.

Think again, that's not the Billy Miller that I know. About the MM. I have never met you nor do I care. I have some of the others though. You are all men just like any guy off the street. I don't know or care what makes you so special.  

To all other readers this book has been an ongoing project since 1979, that I personally know of. Just gathering information over the years and all the proof and documents, and trying to do this while people are still alive.

SO look out one and all this book will be one that will go down in History.

Billy Miller: Cory Cooper - you are hereby put on notice: CEASE & DESIST from talking about Billy Miller. Your Slanderous Lies are very damaging to the Presley Family also to the Miller Family. I personally apologize to the Presley's and the Smith Family, for what Cory has stated.


EIN Note: At this point we are ceasing adding feedback to this interview. EIN believes that there has been suffuicient time allowed for a variety of feedback and counter-feedback. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. It is fitting that we finish as we started, with Billy Miller:

Billy Miller: EIN READERS --To the Elvis Fans and Readers of EIN:Thank you for all your E-mails, I have received many so far, I promise to answer them all, Please be patient with me. I will get to yours very soon. Thank you so very much. and also to EIN.

 

 

 

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Quote:

"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"

(Dr. Gary Enders)


Quote:

"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"

(Anonymous)


Quote:

"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"

(humorist Dave Barry)


Quote:

"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"

(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")


Quote:

"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"

(Nick Tosches)


Quote:

"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)


Quote:

"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"

(Bob Dylan)


Quote:

"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"

(Sir Paul McCartney)


Quote:

"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"

(Johnny Cash)


Quote:

"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"

(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)


Quote:

"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"

(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)


Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:

#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)

#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)

#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)

#3: One Night (1958)

#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)


Elvis Facts:

Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50

While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959

Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957

Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed

During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13

In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age

In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m