If you are an Elvis Presley fan, you don’t need me to remind you that today, Jan. 8, would be the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s 75th birthday — if he had not left the building.
I’m a huge fan of Elvis and enjoy almost every song that he produced, from his smooth and romantic love ballads to his hip-gyrating, jitterbug hits of the mid to late 1950s.
I had the pleasure this past week to sit down with Bill Brill, an 18-year Payson resident, to talk about Bill’s firsthand relationship with Elvis. The two were both stationed in Friedberg, Germany in 1958. Of course, Elvis was assigned to more “cushy” duty as a scout in the tank battalion.
In the mornings, Elvis would often stop to give Bill, who had to hoof it to his Army job, a ride in his white BMW sports car.
This two to three times a week lift allowed the two soldiers to get to know each other quite well.
One of the things Bill noticed about Elvis’ BMW was that the paint was badly damaged. When he asked Elvis about this, he explained that the ladies in the area seemed to enjoy leaving him lipstick messages (some very explicit) on his sports car.
In our conversation, Bill told me that Elvis was always very helpful and willing to lend a hand whenever he could. He said that Elvis seemed like just an average guy who wanted to fit in with all of his soldier buddies.
Something that did surprise Bill about Elvis was that he loved to gamble. It was at a German casino near the base that Elvis met Paul Beaulieu, an Air Force soldier and his daughter, Priscilla.
Elvis, then 24 years old, was quite enamored with Priscilla and the couple continued to see each other until he left Germany in 1960. They married in 1967.
This week’s music trivia question is: Which of these statements is true about Elvis’ and Priscilla’s relationship in Germany: A) Priscilla was only 14 years old when the two met, B) Elvis was a strict Catholic and Priscilla a devout Baptist, C) Each and every day after they met, Elvis brought his sweetheart a dozen roses, or D) Elvis confessed to Priscilla that he got his start in music at the Rye Bar and Grill?
Be caller number five and have the right answer and you’ll win a CD of 20 of Elvis’ all-time greatest hits. It’ll be just like having the King of Rock ’n’ Roll right in your living room!
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: What singer/guitarist/songwriter earned Billboard’s 2009 Artist of the Year award?
Was it: A) Carrie Underwood, B) Beyonce, C) Taylor Swift or D) Gail Gorry?
The correct answer was Taylor Swift. Beyonce finished second, Carrie Underwood 35th and Gail Gorry finished the year at number 2,018.
Actually, Ms. Gorry is Payson School District’s curriculum director — and much more importantly, an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay. Give her a call today at 474-5670. Let Mary Kay help you look like Priscilla Presley!
Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Barbara Boatman.
For being this week’s winner, Barbara will receive both a professional and soothing massage, courtesy of Margaret at the Payson Day Spa on Highway 260 and a Taylor Swift greatest hits CD.
Following many years working as an executive secretary for Hughes Aircraft, Barbara moved from California to Payson in 2002 for the “fresh air, good weather and terrific people.”
Several years ago Barbara joined the Payson Choral Society, where she met and began dating Milt Bott. The couple became engaged this past Halloween when Milt asked Barbara to marry him after the two exited the Trunk or Treat haunted house on Main Street. (How romantic is that!)
The couple plans to marry at the end of the summer.
Barbara’s interests are oil painting, singing, fishing, hiking and all forms of adventure.
Barbara and Milt are members of the United Methodist Church, where both sing in the choir.
Music from the ’40s through the ’70s is Barbara’s cup of tea. Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Jo Stafford top her favorite artist list.
Lastly, new photos that I have added to my Web site are from last week’s New Year’s Eve party at the Happy Jack Lodge. The ambiance was festive, Jamie’s home-cooked food was mmm-mmm good and the dancing rocked the house down.
May 2010 bring you good health and happiness!
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com