Elvis Presley’s ‘brother’ was there when King died ‘He often cried, Why me?’ | Music | Entertainment

Elvis’ twin brother Jessie died at birth but the star was given a second chance at a family when David Stanley’s mother Dee married the star’s father Vernon Presley on July 3, 1960 David grew up living next door to Graceland and, when he was old enough, became a member of the Memphis mob – the inner circle that made sure everything went smoothly and exactly how Elvis wanted it to. David was even there in the bathroom of the Memphis mansion the night the king died. He describes a generous and loving man who always struggled with his gifts and fame, a man who struggled to let people know and truly love him.

David was only five years old when he was suddenly thrust into the life of the world’s biggest star, along with his brothers Ricky and Billy.

As a child, he just remembers being taken to school in a pink Cadillac by the man who “looked at me and he picked me up and he gave me a hug and he welcomed me into his family. He took me in and he shared his life with me. He knew my dad had been swept out of my life, and he did this replacement thing.

But as David grew older, he began to understand the pressures his half-brother was under and to see a man struggling to feel worthy of all of his extraordinary gifts.

David added: “Watching him be Elvis, cool Elvis, up Elvis, down Elvis, sad Elvis, the great artist he was, watching him do this and towards the end, watching him go through this…”

Perhaps the most extraordinary revelation was that one of the most gifted and natural artists of all time was riddled with doubts – not about his talents but about his worth.

Davi said: “Many times he would sit by himself and say, ‘Why me? Why do I have these phenomenal gifts? He always wanted to share it, but he always had this problem of ‘why was this given to me?'”

David said Elvis “did the extra mile to make you feel special” and yet was unable to let others do the same for him.

He explained: “Elvis loved to love people, but it was hard for Elvis to let people love him or let us love him. He was just going inside and trying to figure out who he was. .”

No matter how hard the star’s entourage tried to help him, especially towards the end, David added: “Elvis was ultimately responsible for himself. We could only take care of him as much as we could. could.”

While everyone was trying to love and support the man, in the end, of course, it was the star’s body that gave up on him. Elvis died on August 16, 1977. Graceland was full of people and his fiancée Ginger Alden was sleeping in the next room, but the star was alone at the end.

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