October 27 - Patti Parry Has Died
Patti Parry spent 17 years being a little sister to Elvis and is acknowledged
as being the only female member of the Memphis Mafia
"Elvis didnít have a mum, he didnít have a sister so I was a girl who
was around who could nurture him. He needed that nurturing. I was the
only girl there and if he needed it I would give him a lot of help and a
shoulder to cry on. I was his
little sister, I was a very lucky girl..."
reflects Patti Parry
Elvis was not happy with his
hairstyle after he saw the dress rehearsal tape of Aloha Special. and
wanted it changed for the final show. Parry " I did his hair for
that! I wasn't there for the rehearsal and Elvis was very unhappy about
that first haircut. It looked like hell! Elvis wanted his hair cut
properly and it was Marty Lacker, who was in LA, called me and we
flew in together. I cut his hair for the final show and Marty Pasetta,
the producer, said to me that Elvis had never looked so great. While I
cut his hair Elvis said, "Patti, I've got really thin, I feel
Elvis was very happy and really stoked
about doing the show. I think that was his prime, he looked gorgeous. We
were all staying on the 30th floor of the Hilton and had a ball
together. The sad thing was that we all went to the beach but Elvis
would be stuck in his room. We all also went to see the Arizona Memorial
that he had put a lot of money into but again he couldn't go"
In the early 60s Elvis took
on problematic member of the Memphis Mafia a 40 pound chimpanzee called
Scatter from the owner who performed on a Memphis children's show.
Although trained for the act and living with Elvis was another thing.
Scatter was just not use to being caged to travel across country and when
released would play havoc with the ladies. Attacking maids at hotels. As
much of a terror as Scatter was he was also capable of behaving like a gentleman,
Alan Fortes used to love for a drive in the Rolls Royce and buying him
little suits and try to teach him how to drive.
After Scatter had bitten
several of the Memphis Mafia member and no one was able to put him back
into his cage Elvis decided have a face to face with the chimp. Elvis
looked Scatter in the eye and trying to keep a straight face, and
yelled, "You coconut head you'd better get downstairs in your cage,
And you'd better not bite anybody anymore you hear" With his hand
folded in front of him Scatter slowly walked down the stairs marched to
the basement and into his cage. Elvis fell on the floor laughing.
Elvis would wait
until the den was filled with girls and everyone was real comfortable
then yell, "Okay boys let him out" At about four foot
tall Scatter loved the girls. Alan had taught Scatter to look up
the girls dresses
On that night Pat Parry was
a guest and she didn't know about Scatter who made a b-line for her. His
arms waving and screaming and trying to look up her dress. She told him
to stop. But Scatter was determined to get his way with Pat. She told
Scatter "You do that one more time and I'm going to knock the hell
out of you" Well naturally Scatter did it again. And Pat got on her
knees and hit the Chimp under his chin. Scatter did a back flip and
landed on the couch - dazed. He looked at in disbelief and ended up with
a bump on his head the size of the golf ball.