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the volkswagen golf family. motor trend's 2015 "cars" of the year. good evening. this is a fox news special report. elvis at 80. >> good evening. sad tidings tonight. elvis presley of tupelo, mississippi, memphis, tennessee, died today. he was only 42 years old, but while he lived, revolutionized the music business and in one way or another, touched most our lives. >> we just love him. just love him. that's all. he's got to be watching this. he's got to be so happy. >> elvis presley, an idol to millions of us growing up in the 1950s and '60s, sexy, exciting, even a little dangerous. elvis didn't invent rock 'n r l
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roll, but made it mainstream. the hill billy was dead at 42 years old and many still wonder how and why he died in the bathroom of his dream house here in memphis, tennessee. over the course of the next hour, you'll get fresh insight from insiders and experts on the death, but more importantly, on the life and times of the extraordinary man from graceland. ♪ love me tender love me sweet ♪ >> on the day of elvis' death, august 16th, 1977, he is the fading king of rock 'n roll. his records and movies are not selling the way they used to. and he supports his lavish lifestyle and entourage. scheduled to play out of memphis on the lisa marie, jets the next day. elvis is heading to portland, maine, for what would have been his 56th live show of the year. >> we return back to graceland about 1:30. and elvis and i went upstairs.
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and elvis turned on the television in his room to relax for a little while. >> live-in girlfriend, ginger, the last person to see elvis alive. ricky stanley is elvis' step brother. >> about 6:30, elvis called downstairs for ricky stanley to bring up his pack of medication to help him get to sleep, because he was so nervous about -- he was always kind of keyed up before starting a tour. ricky brought it up, elvis took his pact of medication and started reading a book on psychic energy. he thought that would help him fall asheep. then i fell asleep. so about 8:00, i woke up, because elvis was rests, saying he just couldn't sleep. so he called downstairs for ricky again, and ricky came up and brought up another pack of medication. >> a second packette. >> right. elvis took that. and then i went back to sleep. >> elvis spends the entire morning inside his dressing room at graceland. and it's there that ginger finally discovered him.
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>> i went in, and i knocked on the door and no one answered. so i opened the door and that was when i saw elvis. >> panicked members of his entourage try frantically to revive elvis, but he is long gone before they get his body to baptist memorial hospital. his death is announced at 3:30 in the afternoon. one of the prime architects of what i long ago labelled the elvis cover-up. the conspiracy to hide the king's drug abuse and overdose death from his millions of heart-broken fans. >> results of the autopsy are that the cause of death is a cardiac arith mia. >> i hope and pray he didn't do it on purpose. >> bored and worried about money near the end, elvis is no longer the slim, swivel-hipped sex symbol who changed the world. sad and 40 read the headlines. strained and swollen, deeply
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troubled by a tell-all book, describing among other things, business drug abuse, about to be published by his ex body guard. >> did that book kill him? >> this is very harsh, geraldo, because those guys are like brothers. we lived together, and did it hurt him? did it contribute? as hard as i hate to say this, yes. >> in explicit interviews that were explosive back in the day, ginger claims not to know elvis was hooked on a plethora of powerful drugs prescribed by a stable of feel-good doctors and dispensed by members of his entourage, including this step brother, david stanley. >> listen to me, stanley. this is very important. you personally witnessed elvis presley abusing drugs on many, many occasions, almost daily. >> three times a week. i would work a day, ricky would
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work a day, two other guys would work. so i would -- about two or three times a week. >> but every time you were on duty. >> every time. every day. every day. last two years of elvis' life, it was every day. >> the actual cause of elvis' death according to many unbiased experts was an overdose of codeine and quaaludes combined with other depressants in his system. elvis was his best man. and george recalls getting to graceland after hearing the awful news. >> i get to graceland, the gate swung open. he runs up to me, he says, george, george, i've lost my son. you've lost your best friend. and at that time, the doctor says, can you please gather round me, folks. he said, hate to tell you this, but elvis presley passed away this afternoon at baptist hospital. it was very sad. and, you know, you just couldn't believe it, you know. this guy was such a superstar. and had the whole world in the
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palm of his hands. >> did his entourage, including you, george -- did you hesitate to tell elvis that maybe this or that was inappropriate or maybe he should take better care of himself? >> a couple of elvis' guys did. elvis thought, geraldo, he was prescribed medication. he thought because it came from doctors and it was a doctor's pill, it wasn't bought off the street, it wouldn't hurt him. but lo and behold, it did. and look what happened. >> why didn't anyone tell elvis to stop or slow down? >> well, you know, i'm really glad you asked that. first of all, elvis was a real proud human being. and he thought his job was to help everybody else. very hard for him to take any help. >> why didn't you stop him? >> i tried on different occasions to stop elvis. when i saw him take something i thought he shouldn't be taking or taking too much of something. and on a different time, he
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would say -- like, i don't understand. he would say, i need it. i don't understand. >> what would elvis do if he dent get the drugs he wanted? >> he would get upset sometimes. we were in vegas one time, and it was like we were there for eight weeks. you know? and elvis was getting his drugs, but it got to a point to where his doctor wanted to shut him off in vegas. and we couldn't reach the doctor anymore. so he jumped up on the table one day, and he pulled out his .45, and he said i'll buy a goddam drugstore if i have to. he said i'm going to get what i want. he said, you people better realize, either you're with me or against me. >> he's speaking of elvis at the end. when we come back, how elvis became the world's first rock star. but i did. i'm mike,
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♪ november 15th, 1956, thousands gather in times square to catch a glimpse of 20-year-old elvis presley, as he arrives for the debut of his film outside the paramont theater in new york city. it's a premier of "love me tender." now the paramount hosts the flagship hard rock cafe when we finish this fox news special report, honoring elvis on what would have been his 80th birthday. i'm geraldo rivera. my next guest is gene simmons. elvis culturally, what does he mean? >> elvis was the atom bomb that went off. the word rock star didn't exist before elvis presley.
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>> without elvis, there wasn't ha wouldn't have been a beatles. he -- if you listen to elvis, you're going straight to hell. >> born to gladys and vernon pressley in tupelo, mississippi, in 1935. elvis learns to sing in pent accostal services. at 10, standing on a chair to reach the microphone, he wins fifth prize at the mississippi alabama fair and dairy show. his prize, $5 in rides. a year later, he gets his first guitar, often bringing it to school as the pressleys move to memphis and he attends hooums high, attracting attention, singing a sexed-up version of "until i waltz again with you" at the annual show. >> we were sneaking down for the black shows that were segregated. and when he went out, he didn't
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go out to promote black music. he went out to do what he liked. >> i think "you ain't nothing but a hound dog" is a really old, old black song that is -- ♪ you ain't nothing but a more of a bluesy thing. so obviously the blues of the delta of the mississippi where he was born and raised, we know that was part of it. >> in '54, a year after elvis graduates high school, bill haley gives the new beat a name. and the first rock star is born when elvis meets sun records producer sam philippousslips kn. >> he said, if i can get a white guy that not sings like a black person but has a feeling like a black person, i can make a million dollars and i got him when i got elvis. >> elvis covers "that's all right" using a not so subtle sex
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appeal that makes elvis different from the rest. grammy winner, ray stevens. >> elvis was one of sam's proteges, as a matter of fact. as i'm sure you know. he and jerry lee lewis and roy orbson and johnny cash. elvis showed us what women were looking for in a man. ♪ ♪ >> elvis was amazing in that he also bridged the generations, the racial divide, the north-south divide. he was in every sense what they call now a crossover. >> precisely. and james brown had a great line. james was a big elvis fan. he said, man, he said, elvis made it possible for the black man's music to really be heard. >> although elvis obviously
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planted his roots deepest in memphis, tennessee, across the state and sang out his show business heart later in his career in las vegas, it was right here in nashville he made most of his best music. in all, elvisecorded 262 records here in music city. beginning with that classic you hear in the background, "heartbreak hotel." since "heartbreak hotel", he has sold over a billion records and continues to be a best-seller. >> it was a total change. radio stations who were, you know, in charge at that time, they immediately switched their formats. >> after trying his hand in october of 1954 at the grand 'ole opry, elvis becomes the country's first taylor swift. >> the change was just overnight. the music went from frank sinatra to elvis presley. >> elvis presley was danger. and he was passion. and he was sex.
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and he was controversy. i mean, he broke all these barriers. >> hooking up with super manager tom parker, elvis gets rich when he sells his sun record deal to rca for an unprecedented 40 grand. with his first $5,000 advance, elvis buys a pink cadillac for his mother gladys. in 1956, he goes hollywood with "love me tender." ♪ for my darling i love you >> his dream of acting realized, elvis makes and breaks records. until in january 1957, just two days after his third and final appearance on "the ed sullivan show" famously filmed only from the waist up, elvis gets his draft. >> elvis presley begins his military service. >> rock 'n roll, if it should diminish in popularity or
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disappear, what would you do? >> well, i would probably try acting. >> on emergency leave due to his mother's critical illness, elvis is in memphis when she dies. a self-professed mama's boy, he is devastated. >> elvis laid over her coffin and said mama, i would give everything i've got in the world and dig ditches for the rest of my life just to bring you back for five minutes. >> a toxic seed is planted in elvis' life. he's introduced to amphetamines. in the words of a fellow soldier, elvis becomes evangelical about their benefits for energy, strength and weight loss. in 1960, honorably discharged, he returns to a more conservative america, with radio stations cutting back on his brand of rock 'n roll. >> rock 'n roll, the gyrations involved, are something that really should disappear from american life. how do you feel about that? >> well, the generation that
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you're talking about, as far as i'm concerned, we're just something natural. i mean, it's just my way of expressing it. i can't help it. >> and you'll still express yourself that way in songs in the future? >> i put it like this. if i stand still, i'm dead. >> lots of screaming fans out there. do you still like screaming girls? >> if it wasn't for them, i think i'd have to reenter the army. >> scandalously one girl elvis captain get enough of is the 14-year-old daughter of an army colonel he served with in germany. she is priscilla. and elvis arranges to bring her back to memphis when his time is up. >> how did you talk to her to get her come over by herself? he said i told her she was going to stay with my mama, and then she came up to graceland. but he was a real gentleman. a very -- really a southern gentleman. >> to me, the times i cherished
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were the times that we were alone. and, you know, there was always so many people in the entourage at all times. and we lived and breathed together with the entourage. traveled together, ate together and experienced a lot of things. but the times that we were alone and when he really revealed himself. >> coming up, we'll have more from priscilla and those closest to elvis as we track the decline and fall of the kid, as "elvis at 80" continues after this. t l. how can i ease this pain? (man) when i can't go, it's like rocks piling up. i wish i could find some relief. (announcer) ask your doctor about linzess-- a once-daily capsule for adults with ibs with constipation or chronic idiopathic constipation. linzess is thought to help calm pain-sensing nerves and accelerate bowel movements. it helps you proactively manage your symptoms. do not give linzess to children under 6,
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♪ "elvis at 80" continues. the king left a legacy of music and heartbreak. ♪ from the gold-plated piano he gave his then new bride priscilla to the limousine he
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used driving around here in nashville, the country music hall of fame well remembers its first biggest crossover star, the man who paved the way for everyone from johnny cash to taylor swift. the king of rock 'n roll and the king of country music ♪ every song he sang, he put his heart and soul into it. and it's hard to have a favorite song, because just when you felt this is my favorite, then you hear another song and you go, oh, this is my favorite. special meaning to all of them. >> but as the '60s turned to protest singers like bob dylan and the british invasion, elvis surrenders to hollywood's embrace. >> hollywood came calling, and he got sort of bit by the film bug, which distracted him away from making great music. and, you know, he almost became a joke in the '60s, because people just weren't really catching on to the films he was doing. >> oh, no! >> legendary film maker hall
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wallace produces nine elvis films, describing the king as the only sure thing in hollywood. ♪ elvis stars in a series of so-so films, alongside walter math that you, angela lansbury, and barbara eden. though engaged to priscilla, elvis is linked to some of the most desirable leading ladies. nancy sinatra, sibbel shepard. >> oh, man, ann margaret. she was the hottest thing in hollywood. >> george kline recalls. >> he was kissing and dancing at her on the deck. we were looking at her. so he sees us and comes around and starts hitting us all. i told you guys to get out of here! ♪ and i love you so >> elvis is making a million a movie, but the assembly line
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musicals hand-picked by manager tom parker do him little good. they push elvis into the mediocre movies to cover some of his own gambling debt. ♪ >> elvis pal jerry schilling. >> why pay for a good director. why pay for stars. elvis is going to make money, people are going to come. the only person that didn't believe that philosophy was elvis presley. >> did he get bad advice? was he taken for a ride? what happened? was -- he was an intelligent person. >> elvis never complained that colonel tom parker got 51% and he got 49. did elvis have individual counsel? could the contract have been nullified? i would say yes. but he was okay with it. if i was elvis, i would have been a son of a bitch. if i'm doing that work and
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manager respectfully would have gotten 10, no more than 20%. ♪ >> i saw them tell him, if you don't do these contracts, you won't do anything. so now here's what elvis has a choice. is he going to walk around the rest of his life with a chip on his shoulder, or is he just going to go through the motion? ♪ >> now married to priscilla, but with a career in tatters in 1968, elvis is down, but not out. he welcomes the arrival of lisa marie, his only child. then rejecting the advice of the colonel, he stages a remarkable comeback with a television concert. his first in seven years. clad in black leather, elvis is back. >> he's back, and he's back. >> i'll never forget, he introduced me to elvis presley. >> super agent, jerry wine tlop.
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>> how in the world did you get past colonel tom parker, the most protective manager in history to produce elvis? >> the colonel said mr. wine trap just gave us a million dollars to go on tour. elvis said, thank you, sir. thank you very much. i said, is there anything at all i can do for you, elvis? only thing you can do for me is promise me two things. number one, we'll always be sold out. and i want you to promise me that the first 20 rows will go to my fans. not the big-shots. >> viva las vegas. he also alohaed in hawaii and died in graceland, memphis, tennessee. this is the city most closely associated with the king of rock 'n roll in show business terms. this is where he start with ann margaret in "viva las vegas" and where he performed more often than anyone else by far. his home away from home here was the las vegas hilton. elvis was there so much, they
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called the hotel graceland west. it's also where elvis performed almost nightly, selling out a record 837 consecutive concerts. now called the west gate las vegas, the membership memory of the king is very much alive. >> all he had to do was come counsel from his suite and get on stage. >> he took me here when i was 16 years old. he just -- he would always come here for vacation. he would come here after a movie. >> who did he love, george? >> priscilla pressley. priscilla was his first and really true love. >> though elvis' one and only true love, his wife priscilla, neither is faithful. she carries on an affair with karate instructor, mike stone, as elvis stays busy with every starlet. touching the life of tory petty, a 20-year-old coed. >> he didn't have this rock star
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mentality. he was like a southern gentleman who was trying to impress his date. >> the pressleys separate in february 1972. their divorce finalized in '73, a year elvis nearly overdoses on bar pitch ats. >> he seemed copied up to you? >> no, he didn't. he didn't drink alcohol. the only thing he did was pills. that his doctor prescribed him. >> he never did illicit drugs. he went to richard nixon when he was president and got a badge for the drug enforcement administration. do you think in his mind he thought he was doing something sinful? or did he think he was just taking medicine? >> i'm sorry, he was a drug addict, no better, no worse. if you use them against what the doctor is ordering you to use them and the doctor is giving them to you illegally, can't we make that jump they were illicit drugs? >> nowadays. >> we told elvis, look, why don't you let us take you down to duke university. you spend a month at duke university, they'll get you back
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in good health. you get off all that crap. and you lose your weight and you will look fantastic. and he said, well, it would be too embarrassing. >> approaching 40, overweight and touring frantically in '74 and '75, elvis still dreams of acting greatness, but misses the chance to save his movie career, if not his life. >> when streisand came to him, we all told elvis, this could be from here to eternity. this could be the movie that will bring you back. >> incredibly, colonel parker streets barbra streisand's offer of "a star is born" with contempt. >> he said, okay, barbara, before you say anything, we want $1 million up front, 50% of the picture, top billing, and we get the album for the movie. and streisand says hey, colonel, i'm a pretty big star too. see ya later. >> we looked at elvis as the boy next door, but in his heart, he was james dean and marlon brando, no doubt about it. and i think i lost my friend
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to take any hard drugs. >> continuing our special report, "elvis at 80," speaking on the night he elvis dies, a doctor is under pressure of allegations he's the one prescribing the drugs already suspended of killing the king. even in death, his family still trying to clear his name. this incredible array of prescription medicines all made out to elvis presley is proof of a stark reality in the king of rock 'n roll's life and death. like michael jackson after him, elvis doctor-shopped, going from man to man, to insure a steady supply of drugs that ultimately killed him. we have this evidence of that stark reality because of the widow of elvis' doctor here in las vegas. jodi, thank you so much for being with us. we're also joined by elias ii. as your husband lay dying from
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stage 4 cancer, he told you something about a safe deposit box. what was it? >> he told me that he took away medications from elvis presley, and that someday i might need to tell a story and show this medication so people would understand. he lived with a stigma all these years, he was the one that caused the drug problem for elvis presley. >> the doctor was widely regarded in the '70s as one of the doctors who helped kill elvis by overprescribing prescription medicine. he told you to look in the safe deposit box, and what did you see? >> i was amazed. at the amount of prescriptions that were really given to this man. >> let's go through some of the drugs found in the safe deposit box of dr. elias ganham. these were quaaludes. these were both prescribed by
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his infamous doctor in memphis. this is a drug called sanalert, it has the caption "capsule three times daily to keep sanity." an anti anxiety, anti tension, anti depressant. >> i am sure that elias prescribed medications to elvis presley. elias would never cross the line of jeopardizing that medical license that he worked so hard for, no matter what stage of celebrity it was. >> and elias, what do you hope comes from tonight? >> that people hear the side of the story that my dad wanted to tell people for so many years. and that he really wanted to help elvis. he looked at him as a family member, more like a brother. and he really loved him. >> why didn't anyone tell elvis to stop or slow down? >> elvis was a real proud human being, and he thought his job
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was to help everybody else. very hard for him to take any help. i tell you, i saw him at a doctor's house in vegas. >> elias ghanem, we know. >> yep. i was furious, because i saw elvis almost incapacitied. >> producer jerry schilling, childhood friend and member of the memphis mafia. >> i waited for him until he came home 2:00 in the morning, and elvis was staying at his house. and i really threatened him, because i really thought i could lose my friend. boy, the next day elvis was out of bed and he was mad. when you guys get your medical degree, you know, you can tell my doctors what. did we do enough, no. but i tell you, we couldn't have done anymore with the strong personality like elvis presley. >> from the geraldo vault, this
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is elvis step brother, ricky stanley. >> now, i'll say, elias, to me, seemed like he cared for elvis. but, you know, after a while, he fell into it like the rest of them. and just was giving him whatever he wanted. nobody hardly said no to elvis presley. >> the records indicate that especially in the last year of his life, you prescribed certain medications to elvis presley in quite extraordinarily large amounts. why? >> i can't comment on that. and i don't believe it's true. >> well, the records we have, doctor, and i'll say this as gently as i possibly can, indicate thatt on january 20th, 1977 until august 16th, 1977, the day he died, you prescribe to elvis presley, and the prescriptions are all signed by
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you, over 5,000 schedule 2 narcotics and/or amphetamines. that comes out to something like 25 per day. >> i don't believe that. >> well, is it something you would like to refresh your recollection on, or is it something you deny? >> i deny. >> of all of the doctor feel goodses in elvis presley's life, the only one of charged for the criminal misconduct was nick nickcoplist, and the man who brought the charges joins me now. joe dougman, private attorney in nashville. great to see you. it's been 35 years. >> it has. >> give me a sense of how abusive these prescriptions were. >> well, they are all schedule 2 narcotics. did i lad i had, amphetamines
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much, and you name it, and he prescribed 12,000 prescriptions over several months before we brought charges. just to elvis presley. >> 12,000? >> 12,000. >> that's a mountainous dose. >> it absolutely is. >> we are doing this special in recognition of elvis' upcoming 80th birthday. do you think that the drug use in any way tarnishes or diminishes his achievements? >> i don't think so. you have to accept him for what he is. he's a fabulous entertainer. we all have faults. he had a fault. and he was an addict, and, you know, it can be considered a disease. >> coming up, how after death elvis is bigger than ever. or less reliable when only one network is america's largest and most reliable 4g lte network: verizon. with xlte, our 4g lte bandwidth has doubled in over 400 cities. and now, save without settling. get 2 lines with 10gb of data for just $110...
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♪ now continuing our fox news special report, "elvis at 80." when the king passed, by some accounts, he had a negative net worth. certainly nothing compared to the tens of millions he earned for agents and managers and hangers-on during his life. but in death, that's a whole different story. here's craig. >> 63 painting. $48 million. $48 million. >> 37 years gone in some weighs, elvis is bigger than ever. in november, a 1963 andy warhol painting depicting the music icon as a gun-toting cowboy was
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sold to an anonymous bidder. >> sold at $73el million. >> from the highest price for pop art to the highest form of flattery. elvis imitators. elvis captivates and makes money. ♪ >> according to "forbes" magazine, elvis presley is one of the top-grossing dead celebrities, second only to michael jackson. but he's also spawned an industry of elvis impersonators or elvis tribute acts, who have made their own living as elvis. >> despite selling at least half a billion records during his lifetime, when he died, the pressley estate was worth less than $10 million. an extravagant lifestyle, exorbitant gifts and a huge array of employees, family and hangers-on, elvis had a huge nut to cover. manager parker took half his earnings and sold music rights to rca for a fraction of their
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worth. unable to earn more royalties on songs recorded before 1973. sole heir lisa marie was 9 years old when he died. he settled the lawsuit in june 1983 by accepting a large fee to turn over most of his interest in pressley's recordings to rca and the pressley family. in january of 1997, the colonel died of a stroke at age 87, and under priscilla's firm guidance, elvis presley enterprises was born. and graceland made over into a popular tourist destination for the public. >> elvis gave us so much. he loved his fans. i don't know of any entertainer in the world that loved his fans like elvis did. >> who exactly gets the money? in 2004, lisa marie sold the bulk of the estate, including rights to her father's name and image for $53 million in cash, absolving the estate of $25
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million in debt. but pressley still owns graceland. >> quite a little industry going. >> yeah. i never realized it was such a big industry until i got into it, and i said, wow, this whole tribute to elvis has created jobs. everywhere. you know, from doing this, to making suits, to making wigs, to festivals and hotel employees. >> australian marc anthony won the ultimate elvis championship from the south pacific and was flown to memphis, tennessee, to perform. he and american dwight eisenhower, no relation to the late president, are among the top elvis tribute artists in the world. >> 180,000 tributes, that's a lot of competition. how good of a living do you make from it? >> i do about 150 to 200 dates a year. i stay -- i do it full-time, so -- you travel all over the world. there's a certain point of elvis and his life and career that you
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don't really want to remember. you know, in his decline. >> you've got the two different eras here. 1960s and later '60s. >> aside from more than $30 million earned in elvis merchandise, there's another part of the global elvis industry. >> europe, middle east. new zealand. i'm actually about to get a flight now to go back to england and then on to australia. >> tens of thousands of dollars to the pressley estate just to perform his music. elvis tribute artists are sanctioned by elvis presley enterprises and venues and festivals like this one in ocean city, maryland, where the winner goes on to compete in the ultimate competition in memphis, tennessee. it's hard to explain the feeling that he generates in people. having met elvis in his prime, jack relishes the king's memory. >> think how long it's been
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since he died and how his popularity if anything has grown. he sells more records now than he ever did. >> doug church won a 1983 air force talent show. he is now known as the voice of elvis. >> i haven't punched a clock since 1990 myself. and right now i am officially unemployable. >> 17-year-old jeffrey chris christie is the latest generation of elvis love. >> give me a couple lines. ♪ i'm so hurt >> pretty impressive voice for a 17-year-old. >> he's got the pipes, man. i think he's going to go far in this business. >> how big of a business is this? how big of an industry? you guys seem to have a camaraderie. >> it's gotten so big now, there are companies that make these costumes that actually have the licensing from elvis presley enterprises. and speaking of elvis presley enterprises, they have pretty much taken a firm hand on the entire industry. >> what about you? i mean, is this something that
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would be your career forever, or is there something -- >> this will be my career, absolutely. i think so. >> eventually you'll be able to grow your own side burns. right now -- >> hey. >> i still can't grow them. >> first-place winner, mr. doug church! >> not only is elvis worth far more dead than alive, he city makes a lot of money for a lot of people. geraldo? >> michael jackson. and his music will live forever. that story after this. goodnight. goodnight. for those kept awake by pain... the night is anything but good. introducing new aleve pm. the first to combine a safe sleep aid. plus the 12 hour strength of aleve. for pain relief that can last until the am. now you can have a good night and a... good morning! new aleve pm. for a better am.
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unavailable. >> to the conclusion, elvis at eight. >> ladies and gentlemen, elvis is in the building. >> every kid growing up in the 50s and 60s wanted to be eflitieflvis. he asked entertainers to this day. >> i always do something with elvis at all of my shows. i met him in vegas once and we had a really good time. about two months later, my road manager charlie davis said elvis died. i was so sad because he was a really nice man. and very nice to look at too. >> he was ter ariferrific and i us back stage. he was terrific. he gave my wife a scarf that we still have to this day. i sat at the piano thrill sore.
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when i first met elvis but did a grand opera. even though he was a bit older than i was, we had an immediate connection. we stayed friends until he passed away. in the interim, he would come to my shows, i would go to his shoes. we'd call each other. he wanted autographs. >> he gave shepherd a tour bus. >> by giving me the bus, he gave me the confidence to march forward in my own yaway.
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>> it's just a home geraldo. he was a very sensitive guy. he knew i lost my mother when i was a year old. one day, he gave me a check and said, jerry, i know you lost your mother, yhe kacame over an have been here for 40 years. >> i remember him talking to me about being nervous coming back into the business and i said elvis, you have nothing to be
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nervous about. just open your show with hound dog and don't be cruel and you'll be find. >> richard sang back up for elvis and he remembers when they met. >> the door open are yous everything changed. i went wow. i think i realized why this guy was the biggest star. y they did a big concert at the stadi stadium. you can bring anybody you want. john johnny cash.
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i wanted to be so much like him. >> regardless of the circumstances of his death, presley enriched the culture of his life in a beautiful and different way and in honoring america's musical tradition, south, north, white, black, he energize the world. in what would have been his 8th th berj dirthday approach. thanks for watching. goodnight. for the perfect shave at any angle. go to philips.com/new for savings on shavers and trimmers. innovation and you. philips norelco.
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