Visit from Elvis

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Excerpt from Blue Star Love – Wanda June Hill recalling a visit from Elvis:

During the first two years Elvis played Vegas he was more accessible to his fans in various ways. He would go into the ladies powder room and flirt, kiss and talk with the women who were totally stunned. And he went door to door on a couple of hotel floors near the one he was staying on (the penthouse ws unfinished at the time) going in and talking with surprised guests and inviting people up where he held court behind a roped off section near his bedroom door. He loved meeting the people—and it showed. I remember the time Elvis “escaped” in 1970 from that hotel “birdcage in the sky” as he called it then, bringing a friend he called “Bill” from his onstage group with him, knocked on our hotel door several floors down from his penthouse suite…

We were totally surprised in our night clothing…he sat on the first bed, my friend nearly jumped over the bed to get pillows off the other bed for him to lean back against. He accepted her help graciously, murmuring, “Thank you dear, that’s nice.” Then with his long legs stretched out on the bed, he leaned back and asked questions—how’d we like the show, what else we had seen in town, and so on. I remember how fire seemed to blaze from his eyes; he was still “on” from the show…one foot kept a beat all it’s own and he laughed joyously as my friend, who was hugging his belt (heavy belt he took off when entering the room) kept exclaiming she couldn’t believe Elvis Presley was right here!

Not long after those days, his “escape door” was locked to “protect” him but really, so he couldn’t sneak out again.

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