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Don Rickles remembering Elvis… “We got to know each other in the days that I was working at the Riviera in Las Vegas and he was up the street at the Hilton… One night, he came on stage during my show and recited a poem, and then presented me with a “lucky chain” which I gather he gave to people he considered special… I thanked him and then asked him if I could borrow his hair.”
Elvis Presley, the singer and The King of Rock n Roll a white boy with black soul who shook America and the world with his unique brand of musicin 1956. Elvis is still the music greatest icon in the world of entertainment. Arguably one of America’s most coveted rock stars of the ages.
In 1953, 18-year-old Elvis parked his truck outside the Memphis Recording Service. Instead of staying at school and doing his math homework, like all the other kids of his age, he decided to follow his dream. Elvis never had to look for a job and write a strong resume. He was recognized for his talent as a musician. The manager, Marion Keisker looked at the nervous kid with long hair and sideburns with a guitar over his shoulder and asked…
“What kind of singer are you?”
“Awh, I sing all kinds,” he replied.
“Who do you sound like?”
“I don’t sound like nobody.”
“Yeah, I sing Hillbilly.”
“Who do you sound like in hillbilly?”
“I don’t sound like nobody. “
Elvis strode into the recording studio and cut two tracks. THAT’S WHEN YOUR HEARTACHES BEGIN and MY HAPPINESS, accompanying himself of guitar, paid the four-dollar fee and left but was not forgotten. Marion liked what she heard and insisted her partner Sam Phillips listen to the tape. He was impressed.