Elvis Presley ‘made his girlfriend look in his lifeless mom’s coffin’ | Music | Leisure
Earlier this similar yr the King of Rock and Roll was drafted into the US Military, the place he was stationed in Friedberg, Germany.
Shortly after transferring to Europe, Gladys was identified with hepatitis, a situation that worsened in a short time.
When Elvis realized of his mom’s deterioration he was granted emergency go away to return to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee on August 12, 1958. Two days later Gladys died.
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Elvis’ girlfriend on the time Anita Wooden – who he affectionately nicknamed Little – recalled the King’s emotional state when he misplaced his mom.
Talking in an interview in 2012, Anita stated: “Once we pulled as much as Graceland in entrance of the home, Elvis and his dad have been sitting on the entrance steps and Elvis was simply crying. It was so unhappy. And his daddy was crying. And I obtained out of the automobile and [he said]: ‘Little, Little, Little, I’ve misplaced her, I misplaced her, I misplaced her.'”
Whereas Anita consoled Elvis by this dreadful time, she then revealed Gladys was laid to relaxation within the household‘s dwelling.
She went on: “He stated: ‘Come on in, I need you to see her.’ And I stated: ‘No I do not assume I wish to go in there.'”
However Elvis wouldn’t give in.
Anita continued: “[Elvis] walked me again to the music room the place there was the coffin. It was a white coffin and he or she was mendacity within the coffin which had glass over it.
“I usually questioned why the glass was over it. They have been afraid Elvis simply couldn’t hold his palms off his mother, .”
The next day, on August 15, 1958, Gladys’ funeral was held.
Elvis was reportedly “close to hysteria” throughout his mom’s funeral service.
Elvis, who was simply 23-years-old on the time, “wept all through the service”.
A newspaper on the time wrote: “Spectators lined the sidewalks alongside the three-mile route from the funeral dwelling to the cemetery.
“About 700 individuals have been on the gravesite. They stood round speaking and craning their necks to catch a glimpse of Elvis Presley.”