Clapton Week: When Eric Met Elvis
On that particular night, Elvis looked more like a rancher than a rock star. After a spring of heavy touring, Elvis was back in Memphis for a while, and was taking the time to enjoy some down home pleasures. That day, he had driven south to some Mississippi horse farms with Schilling and Myrna Smith, a member of Elvis's vocal backing group the Sweet Inspirations and Schilling's longtime girlfriend. The three came back straight to the theater without a stop at Graceland, and Elvis, at the wheel of his favorite pickup truck, was in leather boots, cowboy hat, and his somewhat upscale version of Western wear.
"I remember being really worried that the sight of the limousine might darken Elvis's mood and ruin the meeting with Eric," says Schilling. "Elvis wasn't seeing a lot of people up at Graceland at that time, and it was kind of a big deal when he agreed to be introduced to somebody new. We wanted everything to go just right." more on this story
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