Billy Smith- Another cousin, Bill was the youngest of the boy`s, Billy was Elvis`s favorite. Elvis would never let Billy be taken advantage of, Elvis would often say he wanted to be sure Billy grew up to be a good man.
Elvis was not disappointed, Billy was Elvis`s constant companion and his affection and loyalty was obvious right to the end of Elvis life.
George Klein- Elvis and George gradated at Hume`s High School in 1953, George was always nice to Elvis and Elvis never forgot a friend, very early in Elvis`s career he asked George to travel with him.
Later George went into radio and became one of Memphis`s most popular disc jockeys. George remained very close to Elvis until the end. Elvis once said, ` George will be my friend forever.`
Bobby ` Red` West- he was a School mate at Hume`s where he was a All-Memphis football player, Red helped Elvis out of a few situations with the so-called tough guys in high school, Elvis never forgetting Reds kindness, he asked Red to travel with him.
Red not only went along as a friend, but driver and Elvis`s security man. Red also worked as stuntman and actor in Elvis`s pictures. Red developed a talent for songwriting and wrote songs, which Elvis and other artists recorded.
Lamar Fiske- 1957 left Texas and showed up at Elvis`s home Graceland.
He followed Elvis and the guys to Los Angeles and has been with them ever since, Elvis and Lamar got along with one another, they had there jokes and got mad at one another a lot but the mad would last at most a day-and-a-half then they would be back to the jokes.
Lamar left Elvis in 1962, and become road manager for Brenda Lee for awhile later he became manager of the Nashville office of Hill and Range music, then he returned to work for Elvis and at the same time he became manager of two country singers, Lamar was with Elvis until the end.
George Klein introduced Alan Fortas- to Elvis in 1957. Alan began working for Elvis just before he went into the army and continued with Elvis after his discharge. Alan was in charge of transportation before becoming foreman of the ranch in Mississippi he remained there until the ranch was sold. In 1968, Alan left Elvis but remained close friends.
Joe Esposito- from Chicago, Elvis met Joe while in the army, Elvis asked Joe to work for him after they were discharged. Joe would soon become foreman of the guys, Joe worked with the books, paid personal bills and coordinated activities between Elvis and Colonel Parkers office.
Joe was Elvis`s right-hand-man until he left for a brief time in 1964.When Joe returned the duties and responsibilities where also shared with Marty Lacker, Marty and Joe also shared the joy and honor of being Elvis`s best man when he was married.
Charlie Hodge- also met Elvis in the army day`s their common interest in music brought Elvis and Charlie together. Charlie worked on stage with Elvis and remained with him all of his life.
Sonny West, cousin of Red`s, met Elvis in 1958, and joined the group in 1960 and became part of the security force. Sonny being a big man could always take care of him self, he also became a stuntman in Elvis`s movies, as did Red, he did fight scenes with Elvis, Sonny also stared in two of his own pictures, and while on Elvis`s tours he did advance work with the Colonel Parker by going into each city a day ahead of the group and set-up security.
Elvis would call everyone he didn`t know `Chief`. One night Chief stopped one of the guys and asked if he could come up to the house and see Elvis. When it was mentioned to Elvis, Elvis said,` who the hell is Chief?` Chief was brought to the house, that`s how Ray got a job and all the guys called from then on Ray Chief.
Jerry Schilling, a young man who first met Elvis in 1964, Jerry began working for Elvis that year and soon became a good friend. Jerry had a manner Elvis liked but at times Jerry`s liberal views got him into miner disagreements with Elvis, however Jerry and Elvis remained close friends until the end.
Jerry left Elvis`s payroll to become an actor but soon become road manager for various recoding artists, including Billy Joel. Currently Jerry is road manger for the Beach Boys.
Marvin `Gee Gee` Gambill began working for Elvis about Twelve months after he married Elvis`s favorite female cousin, Patsy Presley. `Gee Gee` a happy-go-lucky guy easily made friends with Elvis, Marvin was in charge of Elvis`s wardrobe while he worked with the group.
Al Strada came on the scene in 1972, in California. Elvis hired him to guard the house at night while Priscilla and Lisa Marie were there and Elvis and the guys were on the road. Elvis liked Al and put him in charge of his wardrobe on tours.
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