Elvis Close Up edited by Rose Clayton and Dick Heard

I Just learned of this book from the editor on Twitter, and I thought I had heard of every Elvis Presley book there was. This was a good book, informative and told stories I had never heard before. It is a group of vignettes from everyone who knew Elvis (including some people I had never heard of which was nice) organized chronologically talking about his personal life, his professional life and his loves.
Here are just a few stories / facts about Elvis I did not know:
  • Elvis wanted to manufacture his own candy bar in 1957 called Teddy Bear according to Fred Frederick.
  • Janice Pennington, one of the Barker’s Beauties from The Price Is Right back when I watched in the 1980s, met and hung out with Elvis in LA when she was 14 and again as an adult.
  • Elvis loved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – guess that’s why they made the special banana ones on the 30th anniversary in 2007.
  • Girl Happy, my favorite Elvis movie, was Mary Ann Mobley’s (who played Deena) first movie.
  • I knew Elvis threw his cape into the audience on Aloha from Hawaii but I didn’t know he also threw his cape and belt into the audience the night before at the rehearsal and Bill Belew had to make another one in a day and fly them to Hawaii!

This is a good overview book for any Elvis fan, but for the hard core fans you are going to find some repeat stories from more of the well-known folks in the Elvis world if you’ve already read their Elvis memoirs.

About Deena 'DeenasDays' Dietrich (589 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 100) U2 shows I have been to since ZooTv and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports with Elvis, U2, Grizzlies, Broncos, LMP, NKOTB, Orioles. Please connect with me @DeenasDays on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at deenadietrich@gmail.com.

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