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

(Leonard Bernstein)


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

(George Klein)


"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!"

(Jerry Schilling)


"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 human 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"

(David Bowie)


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

(Mick Jagger)


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

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


"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)


"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)


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

(Bono from U2)


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

(Little Richard)


"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')


"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" 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
















































































































































































































































































David Stanley talks to EIN about The Headhunter and other matters

Elvis' stepbrother David Stanley recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk to EIN. David discusses progress on his first feature film, The Headhunter (an Impello Films/Aaron Productions motion picture), and a number of topical issues in the Elvis world.


EIN: David, what is the latest with your feature film, The Headhunter?

DS: Nigel, it is a very exciting time. The film is now "in the can" as they say in the movie business. After three months prep time since last November we commenced shooting in February and wrapped filming 22 days later. It was a punishing schedule of working 16 hour days but we are all very pleased with what we achieved.


After being nearly a year behind schedule and raising millions of dollars to finance The Headhunter we can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. And we are very, very pleased with what we've achieved so far.

EIN: Where did filming of The Headhunter take place?

DS: Principal filming was in Los Angeles where we shot in and around Burbank, North Hollywood and down town L.A. The airplane scenes were shot in Van Nuys and we also filmed in Pasadena and several other places. We traveled quite a lot during filming so as you can imagine it was quite tiring.

EIN: Who are the principal actors in The Headhunter?

DS: We had a number of changes prior to shooting. Billy Baldwin, who was to play The King had an illness in his family and was unavailable. In his place we cast Peter Dobson. Peter is a well credentialed actor whose credits include Forrest Gump.

Tom Sizemore, an actor who will be familiar to many people plays the role of Ronnie. Tom also has an impressive resume including roles in Saving Private Ryan, Heat, Pearl Harbor and Blackhawk Down. The character of Ronnie is a composite of two or three of the guys who was a part of the Kings entourage.

Mark Roston, who appeared in Rush Hour and the Shawshank Redemption, has the role of Frank. Bryan Kurst plays Jeff. Bryan has appeared in the popular TV show, Charmed. Playing my girlfriend/1 st wife, named Katie in The Headhunter, is Danielle Keaton. Max Perlick plays the respected character of Darryl. We also have martial arts master Larry Tatum playing the character based on Ed Parker.

I think people coming to see The Headhunter will be impressed by the quality of the actors whom we have casted.

We have deliberately used different names for the main characters. There are a number of reasons for this. It would have been too expensive to hire 15 actors to play each of the guys in the Memphis Mafia so we decided to use composite characters instead. The device also allows us to focus is on the David Stanley character, not the King or the entourage.

EIN: What can we expect in The Headhunter?

DS: I must emphasise...The Headhunter is not a film about Elvis' life...it is a film about the David Stanley story. The Headhunter is about my experience on tour with the King and it’s effect on me. One day I was a high school kid, the next I was an adult in a very exciting world. It was my "end of innocence".

The King has a primary role in the story but he is not the central character. Throughout the movie we refer to him as "The King". It is important to realise that those of us who grew up or were around Elvis each have our own "story, how we saw him, related to him.

Opposite: The Headhunter

While "The King" features prominently in The Headhunter we are not trying to tell the Elvis story again. This movie is not about high collers, sideburns and hound dogs.

There is no Elvis music and there are also no scenes of Elvis on stage. You will see him about to go on stage. We didn't want to include someone impersonating The King on stage. That never works because there was only one Elvis and nobody can recreate what he did on stage.

From my perspective it is also important that The Headhunter be balanced in the story we tell. For this reason you will see several sides to the story. For instance, in relation to Red and Sonny's book, 'Elvis What Happened?', the film will give their side of the story through Frank and Jeff. As with life, things are often not as black and white as we sometimes believe.

EIN: David, how did you find it reliving some of the more emotional times of your life?

DS: There is one particularly haunting scene which I think people will find very moving. It is the scene on the day Elvis died. It is very powerful and when I walked away from shooting it I had a tear in my eye.

EIN: You're now into the post-production phase of The Headhunter?

DS: Yes, we now are now heading in to 6 weeks of post production in Dallas and L.A . During this phase we will be doing all the editing, the sound mix and music score. Again, because The Headhunter is the David Stanley story it will feature a lot of my favorite music as I was growing up. ZZ Top, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynard Skynard.

EIN: And promotion of The Headhunter?

DS: There are several film festivals we schedule to attend. They include The Toronto Film Festival, American film Market – L.A., Sundance Film Festival and Caan Film Festival. We will be previewing The Headhunter at these and solidify national and international distribution. We know we will receive positive reviews .

EIN: David, what category of film is The Headhunter?

DS: Essentially The Headhunter is a drama. It has elements of tragedy and of course historical content.

EIN: Have you secured a distributor for the film?

DS: We have been talking with several of the major film distributors, Miramax, Dream Works, Lion's Gate. And we have had pre-buy offers from 22 companies. We are carefully considering which company we go with.

EIN: When are you aiming to release The Headhunter?

DS: We will initially release The Headhunter in North American theaters. Ideally, we are looking at a fall release around October-November 2006 or early January 07.

Opposite: "The King" and David

EIN: David, you are the Director of The Headhunter. How are you finding the experience?

DS: It has been fantastic and rewarding. It has been also very testing and challenging, but a wonderful experience. At one stage, Tom Sizemore said to me, "David, you're a natural!". It was great to hear that, particularly from someone with so much experience in the industry.


Making The Headhunter wasn't all foreign to me. I majored in Communication and Film and have been around many film sets over the years, so at least I knew what to expect and had a conception of how I wanted to direct the film and what I wanted to achieve with it.

EIN: You mentioned the character of Darryl is based on Charlie Hodge. How were you affected by Charlie's recent passing?

DS: I was deeply saddened to hear of Charlie's death. I have very fond memories of him. He was a fun, happy guy. As a mark of respect to Charlie, at the end of the film we will be including:"In memory of Charles Franklin Hodge".

EIN: We imagine that making The Headhunter has left you little time for other ventures. Have you been able to do anything else?

DS: You're certainly right. Making a film is a demanding and exhaustive process. I still find time though for my other activities such as my motivational speaking through Solutionary Dynamics. Also, I'm looking forward to commencing pre-production of my next film, Predator In The Pulpit, in the late fall. It will occupy most of my time next year as the world marks the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death.

EIN: In a recent DVD documentary, The TCB Gang, Charles Stone tells the story that when Elvis died, he (Charles) actually had a plane ticket in his pocket to go to London to book Wembley. Were you aware of this?

DS: No I wasn't.

EIN: What is your view on Elvis tribute artists?

DS: This is a difficult question. Many of the grass roots guys do their act out of real respect for Elvis. And there are some tribute artists who are consumate professionals. When the whole thing gets tacky, well, I think it's a bit like life...sometimes we have to take the good with the bad.

EIN: David, did you see the CBS mini-series, Elvis, and if you did what did you think about it?

DS: Yes I did watch it. I thought many of the scenes were quite well done, however I did not like the way the live performances were staged. They were not convincing.

EIN: The sale of the operational arm of EPE to entrepreneur, Robert Sillerman. What is your view on this?

DS: I think this is a smart move for both EPE and Sillerman. For the estate it allows them to ensure Elvis' legacy is professionally handled well into the future by a very successful entrepreneur. For Robert Sillerman, it offers him the opportunity to take the Elvis icon to another level. I'm looking forward to some of the breakthrough things he will implement. The idea of Elvis themeparks, an Elvis casino in Vegas, etc are brave concepts, but if they are successful the sky's the limit for Robert Sillerman and Elvis.

EIN: David, thank you very much for talking to us. We look forward to the premier of The Headhunter.

DS: It was my pleasure talking to you today and I know fans will enjoy the film.



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About David Stanley.... The Headhunter

It was the summer of 1972 in Memphis, the last day of school for most high school ninth graders.  But for 16 year-old David Stanley, school was out…forever.  The very next day, David was on a private jet heading for New York City, shooting like a rocket into the stratosphere of rock-and-roll superstardom.  David would spend the next five years battling the perils of life on the road along with his own personal demons, earning a spot inside a circle few would ever see and carving himself a place in history as the youngest bodyguard in the music business – the one Elvis Presley would nickname “The HeadHunter.”
The HeadHunter is David Stanley’s life story, his true account of growing up as Elvis’ little brother, following his ascent into manhood and the struggles of life on the road as the King’s gun-toting bodyguard during the last tumultuous years of his life.  David’s whirlwind lifestyle began when he was driven through the gates of Graceland at only four years old.  His mother, Dee, had left David’s father, William “Bill” Stanley, a decorated war hero and former bodyguard to General George S. Patton, to marry Vernon Presley, the father of the biggest rock icon in music history.

David, who had endured 21 excruciating foot surgeries before the age five, found himself welcomed into rock’s first family by the man who would become both brother and father-figure, Elvis Presley.  He would soon learn that being Elvis’ little brother has its downside, as he had difficulties getting along in school.  When the offer from the King came to become his bodyguard, David gladly accepted his place on the road at just 16.   Physically imposing at 6’3” and 240 lbs., he was called “The Kid” by most of the entourage.  By the age of 17, David was an expert in kenpo karate, carrying a nine-millimeter handgun, and most importantly, had the full trust of the King.  The kid had grown up and was a force not to be ignored.

Life on the road was both a blessing and a curse.  David quickly fell into the lavish rock-n-roll lifestyle – comfortable private jets, power, money, and the company of beautiful women.  It would be these same luxuries that would unleash his most personal demons.  In an attempt to get his life together, David married Kate, his childhood sweetheart and a former high school cheerleader.  However, David found marriage and the road mixed like fire and water, and again he was caught in a downward spiral, the result of the excesses of power, money, women and drugs. 

In addition to battling his own addictions, David was also witness to the problems that would lead to the King’s untimely end.  As “The HeadHunter,” David would become one of  Elvis’s most trusted allies, both brother and bodyguard, caretaker and confidant.  Through the laughter and tears of the last five years of Elvis’ life, David would be there every step of the way, protecting the King from everything except his own worst enemy…himself. 

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"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"

(Nick Tosches)


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

(Carl Perkins)


"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)


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

(Sir Paul McCartney)


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

(Johnny Cash)


"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)


"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 Menphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowlt 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 ofered $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