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Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog: The Truth Behind Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s Split

Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock,” stole hearts worldwide with his love songs and gorgeous looks. Among all the ladies infatuated with the rockstar, one, in particular, caught his eye and went on to have a hugely significant role in his life. Priscilla Presley got her fame for being the one to capture the King’s heart.

She supposedly had it all; the man, the money, the looks. However, while many wished they could take Priscilla’s place as Queen, she was quietly battling serious personal issues with Elvis. At Popular Everything, we’re delving into some of the lesser-known details about the King’s personal life.

America’s Golden Boy

Elvis Presley was simply irresistible. He inspired admiration in all aspects of his life, evident in his reputation as America’s golden boy. The nation held a place in their hearts for the handsome soldier and singer which remained throughout his life. In an interview, Priscilla elaborates on Elvis’s appeal to the masses, stating that he was “every general’s soldier, every mother’s son… he just connected.

However, she debunks the assumption that he was an overnight success, explaining: “It didn’t happen the way maybe you would read it where he just came on the scene and that was it. Elvis worked high schools. He worked auditoriums. He worked at malls. He worked at tiny venues in the beginning. You look back and it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, I had no idea.’”

Priscilla was Elvis Crazy

Before the two met, Priscilla was like every other young American at the time – equally mad for the King. She describes herself as shy in her youth, and unhappy about her family’s constant relocating due to her father’s career in the US air force. She claims she never quite fit in and worried about making lasting friendships with her family’s flightiness.

Eventually, her family moved to Berlin, Germany, when she was a young teenage girl. It was in this period of her life that she met Elvis for the first time, changing everything. She would go on to supposedly lead a life every young girl dreamed of, but naturally, it wasn’t as expected.

Elvis and Priscilla Meet for the First Time

Elvis was drafted into the army and sent to a military base in Germany, where he met the young and impressionable Priscilla. She was the teenage stepdaughter of a U.S air force major when they met at a party in his house in 1959. She claims to have been more mature than other girls of her age, explaining that she and Elvis connected on an intellectual level.

Despite their initial connection, she didn’t expect to see Elvis again, especially after rumors began circulating in gossip magazines about the young star’s budding romance with Nancy, the daughter of Frank Sinatra. They wouldn’t see each other again until the summer of ’62, but stayed in touch by telephone, talking until the small hours of the morning.

The Frightening Age Gap

One of the most surprising facts about this relationship was the vast age gap the two shared. Elvis was 25 years old when he met Priscilla, then only a girl of 14. The significant difference in age was a concern for Priscilla’s parents who were not only worried about the age gap but also his stardom.

Priscilla would confide in Elvis of her parent’s mistrust of their continuing communication, telling him that her “parents were a nervous wreck.” Naturally, it was a matter of time before they would want to meet again. Elvis managed to convince her parents to let her visit him for two weeks in Vegas.

Elvis’ Charm Had No Bounds

While Elvis was a hit with the public, his charm appears to have been boundless. He was able to convince her skeptical parents to fly their teenage daughter away for two weeks to spend time with a rock ‘n’ roll star… with the condition was that she would be chaperoned at all times.

He didn’t wait too long to move things to the next level, inviting her to live with him during a second holiday at Christmas that year. Her parents would come to agree to this arrangement eventually, but not without initial protestations and irrefutable conditions that had to be agreed on by all sides.

Priscilla Threatens Her Parents

Things were moving quickly in their relationship. Elvis wanted Priscilla to move stateside to his home in Graceland, leaving her family in Germany. They were able to accomplish this, but not without some guilt-tripping. Priscilla threatened her parents on numerous occasions, saying “they had to let me go or it would ruin my life.”

Her parents conceded on the condition that she finished her education. She went on to attend the all-girls’ Immaculate Conception Catholic High School in Memphis, where she lived with Elvis’s parents in the house adjacent to Elvis’s Graceland Estate, moving to his east wing upon highschool graduation. Moving in with his parents in March of ’63, she moved in with Elvis just two months later.

“I Had Him All to Myself”

Priscilla recalls the happy moments when she would sit on the couch in the living room, and listen to Elvis play his music. “I had him all to myself. Just me listening to his music.” She continues, “I didn’t have my teenage years as a normal girl, obviously, so I had to adapt. So I just kind of followed what he did. I mean, you lived his life. You honestly didn’t have your own life… So you really kind of lost yourself.”

They married in 1967, years into their relationship. She maintains that they did not consummate their relationship until after their wedding, claiming that Elvis held old-fashioned views on marriage. As time went on, Priscilla soon learned that things would not be as idyllic as she envisioned. She would come to learn of the difficulties involved in being married to a musical icon.

Sharing Is Caring

It became apparent to Priscilla that Elvis’s rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle would involve a lot of sharing, whether she liked it or not. Elvis was frequently found kissing other women on the lips during his shows. Unsurprisingly, she admitted that it was hard for her when she was confronted with these images in the press.

Those who were lucky enough to get a kiss apparently often hoped for a little more attention from “The King.” Being with the most coveted man in America came at a price. She explained that women would “start showing up after the show, kinda hanging out waiting for more.”

Rumors Didn’t Die Down

Over time, things began to spiral out of control in their marriage. Elvis was away on tour a lot of the time, while Priscilla was away at photoshoots. During this time, news was circulating about Elvis numerous affairs with various women.“I always wanted him with me,” she admitted.

She has been public about her constant paranoia being married to Elvis. In an interview, she admitted to feeling fear every time they were separated, stating: “I was afraid if we would go off, I was going to lose him.” Her marriage to a music legend, accompanied by the intense media speculation was taking it’s a toll on her.

Elvis’s Affair on Set

Thing’s didn’t let up for Priscilla – they got more complicated. While on set filming Viva Las Vegas, word began to spread that Elvis had an affair with his Swedish co-star, Ann-Margret. Priscilla described her as the woman she feared most in the lead up to her marriage to Elvis.

Elvis vehemently denied the affair, but Priscilla held on to her suspicions, admitting she “felt horrible” at the time. She allegedly “picked up a flower vase and threw it across the room” at one point. Her suspicions appear well placed, as Ann-Margret has in later years spoken about her close relationship with the King.

Infidelity on Capitol Hill

Things continued to move from bad to worse. Joyce Bova was a Capitol Hill staffer on the armed forces committee, meeting Elvis when she went on vacation with him in Las Vegas. Sources say that they struck a connection immediately. Elvis was still married when he had an affair with Bova.

The story between Elvis and Joyce became a huge public scandal, causing many rumors to spread. Some stories were quite scandalous assertions, such as a tabloid report suggesting that Joyce had fallen pregnant with Elvis’s child, proceeding to secretly undergo an abortion.

Smooth Talker, Bad Communicator

Poor communication proved to be one of the most significant factors contributing to strain on Elvis and Priscilla’s relationship. Priscilla described it as “very difficult and different.” She continues, “Elvis’s way of communicating was not confronting problems.”

His indirect approach to their personal matters manifested itself in unhelpful ways. Lacking the desire to fix the root of their problems, combined with his busy scheduling and constant distractions, Priscilla asserts that he would just “try to make things better by buying a gift.”

The Controlling King

In later years, Priscilla decided to write a tell-all novel about her relationship with the King, in which she provided an insight into what life was really like with Elvis. She is open about Elvis’s controlling personality, and his insistence that she comply with his wishes.

She alleges that the King had a say on her presentation, regulating her hairstyles and clothes. He wanted her to dress in low cut tops and skirts and dresses with thigh-high slits. Elvis wanted her to show off her “assets”, encouraging her to wear more revealing outfits.

Elvis Never Saw Priscilla Without Makeup

Priscilla has spoken about how she would always wear makeup around her husband. “Some can’t have the truth. I always had a little bit of makeup. He never wanted to see me getting dressed, he wanted to see the end result.” Reflecting on the relationship, Priscilla admitted to being “under a spell of what I thought was love.”

She admitted in her book that the state of her relationship with Elvis all depended on how his career was doing. She described feeling like she did not exist in an interview with Barba Walters, explaining that Elvis was the main focus and everything else didn’t matter, including herself.

Battling His Issues

The King suffered from mental health issues that went untreated, a fact that only really came to light after his death. Once the illness hit, he would lose himself in a downward spiral. The King often slept in for days, sometimes even weeks, when he was caught in a bad episode.

These untreated issues took their toll on his wife, often making her feel helpless. She notes that she couldn’t do anything to help, adding that when he “had these low points, and when he was low, there was no way to get him out.” Of course, this bled into other areas of their lives.

Elvis’s Unhealthy Habits

Elvis’s life spiraled out of control. He feared not being able to sleep and in turn, engaged in unhealthy habits. These days, it is widely acknowledged that he struggled to maintain himself in a healthy capacity, resorting to harmful and debilitating support systems.

It was hard for Priscilla to keep up with Elvis’s crazy schedule, so Elvis would invite her to join in with his bad vices. Although some of his routines became life-threatening, he refused to admit that he had a problem. He would attempt to justify his choices to those around him.

The King’s Raging Temper

Having not been spoken of as much, not so many people are aware of the King’s often raging temper. The star had a reputation for being reckless when provoked to the point of anger, frequently taking it out on those closest to him – not least of all his wife.

Priscilla explained Elvis’ rage best. She mentioned that “his anger was always bursts of frustration because he had the power and the money to destroy [things] he could just replace like that.” No doubt fed by his deteriorating mental health, this added to the strain in their marriage.

Not His Little Girl Anymore

Finally, after they married, Priscilla and Elvis welcomed their first daughter, Lisa Marie to the world. Priscilla fell pregnant immediately after they married, and thought having a child would bring them closer together. To her surprise and dislike it did the exact opposite, adding to the already complex situation.

Priscilla wrote in her book that after the birth of their only child and daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis no longer showed any intimacy with her. She suggests it was hard for him to handle the fact that she was no longer his little girl, but a woman and a mother.

Priscilla Wanted Freedom

After four years of marriage to Elvis, Priscilla decided to leave Elvis. “I did not divorce him because I didn’t love him. He was the love of my life, but I had to find out about the world,” she revealed, adding that “I needed to find out what the world was like, really, it was one world. But the greatest thing about our relationship was that we still loved each other.”

Aside from her desire for freedom, the infidelity proved equally too much to handle. She clarified: “He wasn’t faithful, not that he had someone special but when you’re in the entertainment business there’s always that.” She continues, “I tried to turn my back to that, but I just didn’t want to share him. Simple as that.”

Elvis Was OCD

It is through Priscilla’s memoirs that it came to light that Elvis was difficult to deal with when it came to eating. He was a total germaphobe who even tried to avoid eating in the homes of other people. When he did, he would bring his own silverware.

He also used to drink from the part of a cup’s rim that was as close to the handle as possible, as his logic led him to believe that most people wouldn’t act that way, and therefore would have had the least shared contact. He settled on the idea that it was the cleanest part of a cup.

Ex Peggy Lipton Said Elvis Was Like a Teenage Boy

Elvis had an affair with the former actress and model Peggy Lipton, even during his marriage to Priscilla. Peggy admitted in her 2005 autobiography that she found Elvis to be like a teenage boy who never grew up: “He didn’t feel like a man next to me – more like a boy who’d never matured.”

She also said his unhealthy habits held such an impact over his health, that it made him incapable of actually having the affair. “He was virtually impotent,” she disclosed. After attempting a few times, she ceased to try to have a more intimate relationship with him.

He Wasn’t Cut to Be Married

Reflecting on her relationship Priscilla has admitted that in hindsight, she feels Elvis just wasn’t marriage material, a large reason being that his career: “Living a life of rock and roll – it’s difficult. Especially rock and roll… it’s that old saying of ‘sex drugs and rock and roll.'”

She elaborated on his inability to remain monogamous, despite his desires to have a family life, saying that, “as much as he wanted to be married and have a family I don’t know if he was ever cut to be married because I don’t think he could ever be faithful to one woman.”

Elvis Got a Taste of His Own Medicine

Priscilla had a couple of affairs herself. The most notable one involved her karate teacher, Mike Stone, who was recommended to her by Elvis himself. He was deeply hurt when he found out about the affair, despite being a well-seasoned cheater himself.

For reasons unclear, Elvis became paranoid that Stone’s friends were going to come after him. At a particular performance, four large men came close to the stage – Elvis was convinced they were friends of Stone and had to go backstage to calm down, before alerting his bodyguards.

A Strange Relationship

Elvis Presley, Priscilla, and Tom Jones posed for a picture back in the day. What was initially an innocent photo later resurfaced as details of Tom and Priscilla’s true relationship came into question. Tom has his arm around Priscilla in the photo below, and it wouldn’t be the last time.

Despite denying a relationship together, Priscilla and Tom have been spotted rekindling their connection on numerous private meetings together in recent years. When questioned about it, she said, “that’s not the first time we’ve been out obviously, but probably the first outing in public. But always friendship, always friends.”

The King Moves On

Elvis went on to have several different girlfriends after the divorce but always remained in close ties with his ex-wife. “We never lost our friendship and care for each other,” she said. She continued to be a support for him, asserting that “he would call me at night… I really valued his calls.”

As mentioned before, she continued to hold a lot of love for Elvis. Their friendship persisted and allowed them to remain on good terms for their daughter, Lisa Marie. “I valued him telling me, you know, what was wrong and – I haven’t really said this – because I valued his trust in me so much.”

Priscilla’s Untold Secrets

Priscilla received much backlash and criticism for speaking out about her troubled life with Elvis only after he passed away. However, she revealed it was only possible to speak honestly about their marriage after his death. She promised Elvis that she would keep the details of their life a secret from the public.

She said it made her feel alone. She had no one to talk to, and even if she did, she was not allowed to say the things that bothered her the most. Despite her isolation and the difficult times endured, she maintains that she never went to, or had a use for speaking to a therapist.

Elvis’s Post-Marriage Crush

It wasn’t long after his divorce with Priscilla that Elvis developed a crush on the Memphis beauty queen, Linda Thompson. Elvis reportedly got his people to call her people and invited her to come to a premiere with him. Not by any coincidence, he sat right next to her.

“I met him July 6, 1972, and he had been separated since January. But I didn’t know. It hadn’t been released to the press. So I was pretty standoffish, because, you know, I was a good Southern Baptist girl,” Linda says. “He just got up during the film and came back and plopped down next to me.

Linda Wasn’t Sure About Elvis

Linda was flattered by Elvis’s attention, but she wasn’t sure if he was still with Priscilla and did not want to get in the middle of the two. Elvis was sure to bring clarity to the situation. He wanted to give Linda the green light, and the way he proceeded to do it was incredibly cheesy.

In an interview with Larry King, Linda admitted that Elvis pulled the classic “yawn and stretch” move on her during the movie. He noticed she was keeping her distance so once he had his arm around her, he whispered: “you know I’m not married anymore.” From then on, supposedly Linda felt more at ease.

He Should’ve Married a Southern Girl

Linda was surprised to learn that Elvis had divorced from Priscilla. She replied to him, “I didn’t know that, and I’m sorry it didn’t work out, but you should have married a southern girl.” He found what she said memorable, and a connection grew between them. They kissed throughout the rest of the movie.

Neither of them had a piece of paper, so Elvis wrote her number down on a matchbook. She never expected him to call her, she admits. “I thought, oh, he’ll never call me. I should have been a little more attentive than that.” However, she received a call from him at four in the morning, to her aunt’s house.

Elvis Chased Linda Initially

Elvis invited Linda to hang out at Graceland the next day, but she proceeded to disappear for two weeks to a vacation with her aunt and uncle. She says, “I told them I was going, but it didn’t quite register. And I didn’t leave him a forwarding number.” Despite her disappearance, she admitted to thinking of him constantly during her holiday.

He tracked Linda down, saying “I have been looking for you and I have been desperate for you. I want you to be here tomorrow. I’m going to Las Vegas.” She realized from this moment that he was serious about her, and knew that by getting on that plane a relationship would begin to blossom.

Elvis Hosted Different Women on Different Floors of His Hotel

Linda Thompson confessed that Elvis cheated on her with multiple women. She claims that in the first year of their relationship, he was loyal to her, but after that, he was all over the place. “He apologized for it when he was caught. Most of the time he denied it. He apologized profusely and said, you’re the only person I love and nobody ever compares to you,” she reveals.

Despite his proclamations of love, it was in Sin City that Elvis hosted several women at the same time. Elvis booked several rooms on multiple different floors of his favorite hotel. Linda went on to say that this was the reason he was always unavailable to hang out after their honeymoon year.

Living Like a Vampire

Linda described saving Elvis’s life on a few too many occasions. While his habits were life-threatening, he refused to see it’s damaging impact due to the doctor’s approval he received. On several occasions, the King was found pushing the limits of his health. Once, she even found him passed out with his face in a hot bowl of soup.

Thompson describes her life with Elvis as if she were living like a vampire. Elvis took unhealthy substances before going to bed. Because Elvis stayed up until late, the star ended up sleeping for the whole day. She recalls waking up as late as 9:00 PM and going to bed at 12:00 PM. She explains that this was one of the biggest reasons she left him.

Elvis’s Impulsive Nature

People who knew Elvis have touched on his enthusiastic character. When he had an idea or developed a particular craving, he would jump in full force. When Elvis first met Linda, he asked her to come with him to Vegas, telling, her she didn’t need to pack anything except a toothbrush.

He spoiled Linda with many gifts and lavish displays, but the impulsiveness eventually got old. In her self-confessed naivety and lack of experience, she initially thought of his impulsiveness as romantic behavior, only later realizing the truth; it was destructive and unrealistic.

The Final Straw for Linda

Linda told Larry King about the last time she saw Elvis. They were in San Fransisco when he suggested to her that she should fly home to rest, he already requested the plane, while he continued his tour. By this sudden request from him, she understood Elvis’s true intentions.

Elvis flew in another woman on the Jet Star he brought in. Linda recalls, “She was on the floor below, waiting.” While she confronted him at the time about it, Elvis flatly denied it. For Linda, it was the final straw and upon realizing she couldn’t add to his life the way that she wanted, it became the last time she saw him.

Elvis as a Father

Elvis’s heart truly belonged to one girl and one girl only, his daughter Lisa Marie. Linda said he would send his private security to pick her up and take her safely to his home. “I was always excited if I was on tour with him’, she remembers. “When he’d come on [stage], I would just lose it.”

Despite this, Lisa felt the burden of her father’s busy schedule more than the other girls. Elvis tried his best to see Lisa, but his fame always got in the way. Nevertheless, she grew up in Graceland and remembers it fondly, recalling it as the happiest time in her life.

Elvis’s Last Love and Fiancé, Ginger Alden

Ginger Alden dated Elvis after his relationship ended with Thompson. She attempted to clear his name, saying that all the rumors about Elvis’s strange behavior were exaggerated. She also claimed never to have noticed him suffering from any serious illnesses.

Ginger has done much to try and preserve the King’s image, continuing to speak highly of him and the few months they had together. She has also refuted claims made about him, agreeing that the star was compulsive when it came to food, but not to the extent that people have come to believe.

The King Didn’t Drink

The King was never a heavy drinker. He came from a family who had battled life-threatening habits and wanted to do anything he could to avoid obtaining the destructive behaviors he saw while he was growing up. Those who knew him have also spoken about his dislike for the taste of alcohol.

It is understood that he always saw alcohol as a dangerous substance and held on to that belief throughout his life. While his addictive personality was evident in other areas of his life, such as the doctor’s prescriptions he would receive, he never developed a habit or particular liking for the bottle.

Love In Other Places

We understand Priscilla still had deep feelings for the King, continuing to love him after their separation. They didn’t work out as life partners, but did remain strong friends and continued to support each other. Having also shared Lisa Marie, they chose to remain close for the sake of their daughter.

However, Priscilla didn’t give up on love. She even dated celebrity lawyer, Robert Kardashian for a period of time, pictured above. Their relationship wasn’t to go the distance, but the two remained friends after an amicable split. According to a friend of Robert’s, Priscilla found his personality magnetic.

Priscilla Wasn’t the Only One Who Moved On

Linda Thompson had a hard time dealing with the death of ex-lover, Elvis Presley. However, she did manage to move on eventually. Priscilla found love with Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic medalist. They were married for six years and had children together.

Linda even remembers Elvis talking about Bruce one day when they were watching the Olympics. Bruce Jenner was on-screen competing when Linda remembers Elvis saying, “Damn if that guy is not handsome! I’m not gay, but damn, he’s good-looking!”

Elvis Would Have Been a Grandpa

Priscilla Presley went from being a beautiful mother to a fabulous grandmother. Priscilla and Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie, had children of her own, continuing the Presley legacy. Today, she has four children, all of whom carry a resemblance to the King of rock ‘n’ roll.

Lisa Marie even gave birth to fraternal twins in 2008, with guitarist and music producer Michael Lockwood. Twins run in her family from both sides of her parents, Priscilla having younger twins brothers and Elvis even having had a fraternal twin brother at his birth.

Actress Riley Keough is Elvis and Priscilla’s Granddaughter

Actress and model Riley Keough, who you may have seen in films such as Mad Max: Fury Road or American Honey, is the eldest grandchild of Elvis and Priscilla. Riley bears a strong resemblance to her mother, Lisa Marie, who in turn looks strikingly like the King.

She herself is married as of 2015 to stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen, who she met on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. About her upbringing, she has stated that she “grew up very privileged with my mother, but my dad didn’t live like that. And I think experiencing both sides has been helpful. My father had mattresses on the floor of his apartments. He lived in cabins and trailer parks. He just didn’t have much money.”

Priscilla Celebrates Elvis’ 80th Birthday

We all wonder what it would be like if Elvis were still around. His name will never be forgotten, and Priscilla makes sure of that by celebrating his birthday each year. Her she is pictured in 2015 (below) cutting cake for what would have been his 80th birthday.

Fans gather around in Graceland, Memphis, to celebrate the birthday of the King of rock ‘n’ roll along with his family members. All his grandchildren attended alongside Priscilla, braving the freezing cold temperatures. She said Elvis “would have been amazed” at the number of people who came to celebrate.

The Chair Woman of Elvis Presley Enterprises

Priscilla took on the job to continue honoring the father of her children. She was the chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises. EPE turned Graceland into one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Today, Priscilla has retired from the position of chairwoman to focus more on her on family.

She told Gold Coast Bulletin, “I feel somewhat personally somewhat responsible because I knew him so well, I knew what his aesthetics were, I knew the music he loved and liked,” adding, “I just wanted to share that with people and let people know what an amazing human being he was, not just as an artist and musician but as a human being.”

Where Is Priscilla Today?

The most loved woman has gone through many changes. She was a girlfriend, a wife, a single mom and now a grandmother. She was also dependant on her husband, emotionally and financially, before discovering dance classes during her marriage to Elvis and witnessing the independence of other women.

Now, she is built an empire around that of her late ex-husband, which was no easy feat. She describes herself as having been a loner in 1982 when she first attempted to attract tourism and open the Graceland mansion to the public.”Nobody backed me up,” she admits.

Who Elvis Left in His Will

Before Elvis died, he wrote up a will that left his fortune and estate to Lisa Marie, his father, and his grandmother. At that time, he was worth $5 million, which is equivalent to over $19 million today. News of his worth came as a shock to most, who were expecting a far greater sum of money to be left behind.

It is expected that much of his fortune was wasted away, not least of all because of his youth and his impulsive nature. Sources speak of the pleasure he took in living a lavish lifestyle and saved no expense at the cost of his pleasure. He didn’t invest his fortune, rather lived in the moment.

Elvis Thought About Lisa’s Future

Elvis did include his only child in his will but wanted her to be able to best utilize the fortune and waited until the right time. He put a condition on his wealth, stating that she should wait until an appropriate age to receive it. Lisa Marie was only allowed to have any access to the money at 25 years old.

By this time, both Elvis’s grandmother and father had passed away, making Lisa the sole heir to the Elvis fortune. Over the years, investments were made and the fortune jumped to $100 million. Lisa was about to be rich, but not without a series of complications.

Graceland’s Financial Weight

Despite leaving roughly $5 million when he passed away, it wouldn’t prove to be enough for the long term. The upkeep of Elvis’s Graceland estate cost half a million dollars a year. This meant that if all the money was spent on Graceland alone, it would take ten years for the funds to run dry.

In the ’80s, Graceland was opened up to the public. Lisa Marie and Priscilla turned the estate into an exhibit, with about 600,000 people a year coming to visit Graceland. Suddenly, the estate that was draining their funds started to help raise them. Lisa Marie took on an important role in the family business.

Lisa’s Music Reaches the Top of the Charts

Lisa Marie took after her father and headed on a musical career. She would often sing about her love life and the trials and tribulations of romance. One of her songs, Dance With My Father Again, describes growing up with Elvis and all the sweet things he would do to make her laugh. It proved to be a hit, providing insight into her relationship with her father.

She was not a pop singer, rather more a part of the country music scene. She proved to have inherited some of her father’s talent and watched some of her singles hit the top of the charts. She was a hit with Christian rock and country radio stations. Her voice was impressive, and she brought back a piece of Elvis that was missed.