Elvis Presley was not a hermit like Howard Hughes. Vernon stated this a few weeks before his kid died.
Just weeks before Elvis Presley’s death in 1977, his father Vernon Presley declared that his son was not a hermit like Howard Hughes.
Few celebrities have achieved the unfathomable heights of celebrity that Elvis Presley attained. At his Graceland estate, the most successful solo artist of all time was able to keep his close inner group, his Memphis Mafia, close to him. The actor also had a privacy wall with one-way mirrors constructed on the upper landing, which served as the entrance to his private refuge, when he moved in.
Despite Elvis’ great celebrity, his father did not believe allegations that his son was a recluse in the late 1970s.
Vernon Presley did an interview for the posthumous 1977 TV show Elvis in Concert just weeks before The King’s death.
The CBS show aired on October 3, 1977, just a few months after the singer died of a heart attack at the age of 42 on August 16.
“I know he can’t go out like an ordinary person because people see him and, of course, they recognize him,” Vernon said in an interview on June 22.
“There have been so many various press reports out there that they’ve turned him into a hermit type guy like Howard Hughes was supposed to be,” Vernon continued.
“I’m not sure where all of this came from, but it’s not true.”
Linda Thompson, Elvis’ girlfriend from 1972 to 1976, recalled how the King managed stepping out in public in a vintage interview.
“Dates with Elvis included riding golf carts around Graceland, riding motorbikes or three-wheelers, or going to the movies,” she explained.
“He would rent out a whole theater and screen movies all night,” Linda continued. He also liked to go rollerskating on occasion.
“He’d rent out the fairgrounds, ride the rollercoaster 15 times in a row, and stuff like that.”
Outside the gates of Graceland, however, Elvis would never hide from his followers.
“No, because he had his own walk and stance,” his ex-girlfriend explained. He’d never be able to hide his true identity. “Not in an effective way.”
“We tried going shopping a few times and would only make it halfway between the car and the store door,” Linda continued.
“And everyone would be swarming around us. They’d converge in an instant, and we’d have to dash back to the car. “Brinkwire Summary News,” it was called.