I don't often do this, but here is an abridgment from Billy Stanley's book, ELVIS MY BROTHER. Billy came to our FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE and now, we are making a new movie about his book. After ending ELVIS WEEK at Graceland with Billy and Liz Stanley, what an amazing beginning to launch our film with Billy the Spa Guy on his YOU TUBE channel.
ELVIS MY BROTHER - BY Billy Stanley
Here's a memory, from 1977... One night Rick, David and I were playing pool, at Graceland... The phone, with the direct line from Elvis' room, rang... Rick walked to the phone and answered it... David and I watched and listened to Rick... All Rick said was, okay boss, we'll be right up...
Rick walked back to the pool room, then said, Elvis wants to see all 3 of us... David and I put the pool cues on the pool table, and followed Rick... As we were going up the stairs, we did our usual routine... We started saying, okay... What did you do??? I didn't do anything, what did you do... This was a little joke my brothers did every time Elvis called us to his room...
When we got to his room, Elvis was sitting on the edge of his bed reading his Bible... He looked up at us, then told us to have a seat... All 3 of us sat on the floor, in front of him... He said, I was reading the Bible... About Jesus and his life... Then it hit me... Jesus had followers, to write about his life... It got me to thinking... When I die, who's going to tell my story, or write about me...
This caught my brothers and I off guard... We looked at each other, then back at Elvis... All 3 of us stood up... I walked over to Elvis and sat next to him, on the bed... I said, nothing's going to happen to you Elvis... You'll probably out live all of us... He just looked at me and smiled... Rick walked over and put his hand on Elvis' shoulder, then said, you ain't going anywhere Elvis... David stood in front of Elvis and said, what kind of talk is this, you ain't going nowhere, Elvis...
Elvis smiled at us, then said... Thank you boys... Then he asked us again... Who's going to tell my story... I said, you have all the guys that work for you, Elvis, I'm sure they will do something... Plus, you have Priscilla... He looked at me, then said... You know about the book that's about to come out about me... It was written by guys that worked for me, it's not a good story, and it's not a fair story either...
He continued... Priscilla is my ex-wife, while we did love each other and still do, her account of my life won't be flattering, either... Rick then asked, what do you want us to do, boss??? Elvis said, if and when that day comes, that I die, I want you 3 to tell my story... Now, this was something that really floored us... Elvis continued... Y' all are the only 3 that can call me your brother... You have a unique perspective that no one else has... I want you to tell everything... The good and bad, but please try to explain why I did some of the things I did...
Elvis started to get emotional now, a tear came to his eyes... I put my arm around Elvis, and pulled him close... I said, we love you... We'll do what you want... Rick sat down, next to Elvis and put his arm around him, also... David walked up to Elvis... Elvis had his head down, David reached down and gently pulled Elvis head up, then said... You ain't going nowhere without your number one badass, Elvis... You hear me??? That lighten the mood, a little...
Elvis stood up... He said, you think you can take me, David... David said, hell yeah... Let's go now!!! Rick and I stood up... Elvis said, I'll take all 3 of you on... David said, let's dance!!! Then the wrestling match began... The 4 of us wrestled until we were out of breath, and laughing... A couple of weeks later, Elvis passed away...
We thank Billy Stanley, the Step Brother to Elvis Presley. Here at the TABLE, you may have an idea, a play or even a screenplay and we want to work with you. Here is why. We are looking for two more stories to complete our film slate. Contact our Vice President, Stephanie Musser today.
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