jueves, 28 de febrero de 2013



Signing an autograph for a fan in Las Vegas on January 22, 1973

Backstage with Australian fans in Las Vegas on February 18, 1973

by Willy Weerts (Dutch fan, now living in Australia)

Although there were 94 people on the trip only about 25 were real Elvis fans & members of the Australian FC. One way or another Col. Tom Parker heard about our bad seating at the first show we saw in Vegas (16th Feb dinner show), so the next day he called Bob (Stephens) and they arranged with Emilio for better seating for the next 4 shows that we saw. The Colonel also promised Bob that he could pick 4 people who would meet Elvis backstage. Virginia (Coons) picked the lucky numbers (I remember Rex you sitting in the same booth as her that night). 3 girls were the lucky ones (my wife being one) + another guy and of course Bob. Just after 8pm on the 18th, the lucky ones were led to the place where Elvis would come out from. They waited for about 40 minutes, talking to The Stamps etc. before Elvis appeared. When The King appeared it was all in a big rush. According to my wife the meeting lasted about a minute. Still in that time they were introduced and some photos were taken (4 slides and 1 colour photo, the later is re-produced on the right). They were all given a blue scarf by Mr. Diskin (see photo). This particular photo was taken by Tom Diskin with my wife´s camera. Elvis is wearing the blue jumpsuit with gold scrole, Bob Stephens on El´s left, with Willy´s wife standing in front of Elvis.

Getting into and out of his limo in Phoenix, AZ on April 22, 1973

Elvis with Red West, Lee Ricketts and Sonny West (1st photo) and Linda Thompson (2nd & 3rd photo) and Patty Perry (3rd photo) in Las Vegas February 1973

Lee worked with the Hilton Hotel security for a while and then went on with Bobbie Gentry as a Security person

Backstage with Don Rice and Wanda Davis at the Omni in Atlanta on June 30, 1973 before his evening show

Enroute to his evening show at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville on July 1, 1973

Driving into Graceland with Linda Thompson on a golf cart on July 7, 1973

Elvis with Sten Berglind, a reporter from a Swedish newspaper and Todd Slaughter on September 3, 1973 in Las Vegas

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