The history of rock is packed with bizarre and wild rumors – and Michael Jackson has been at the center of his fair share. But while news coverage continues to debate the star’s outlandish reputation, there’s a certain story about Jackson that has been confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt. And he isn’t the only musical legend with a wacky tale to his name. Yes, rumors have plagued all of these 20 stars – yet those who were there at the time have declared the following gossip as truth.
20. Ozzy Osbourne really did bite the head off a bat
It’s one of the most enduring legends in rock history, but did Ozzy Osbourne really bite the head off a seemingly dead bat while on stage in 1982? Yes, yes he did. But he’s adamant that he didn’t actually mean to. When the bat was thrown on stage by a fan, Ozzy thought it was a rubber toy. He was quickly proved wrong.
Ozzy was taken to the ER and given a shot for rabies – only after the concert had finished, though. These days, he’s made the incident a part of his image. In 2019, for instance, he tweeted a link to his store alongside the words, “Today marks the 37th Anniversary since I bit a head off a f–––ing bat! Celebrate with this commemorative plush with detachable head.” It quickly sold out.
19. Nikki Sixx really was dead for two minutes
Nikki Sixx was addicted to drugs, especially heroin, and that nearly killed him. In December 1987 he took so much of the stuff that he was allegedly reported as being clinically dead. And in the 2001 book The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, he remembered, “It felt as if something very gentle was grabbing my head and pulling me upward. Above me, everything was bright white.”
When Sixx woke up in the hospital, he was arguably a mess. In 2007’s The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, he wrote, “I ripped out my tubes and staggered in just my leather pants into the parking lot, where two teenage girls were sitting crying around a candle. They had heard on the radio that I was dead and looked kind of surprised to see me.”
18. Charles Manson really did write a song for the Beach Boys
The idea of murderer Charles Manson writing lyrics for the Beach Boys seems too mad to be true, but it is. Yes, the 1968 song “Never Learn Not to Love,” originally called “Cease to Exist,” was created by Manson. Before the infamy, you see, he wanted to be a songwriter and musician.
But the Beach Boys altered the song before it was released, and they didn’t give Manson the writing credit. He was apparently livid. The soon-to-be criminal confronted Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson while clutching a bullet and even threatened his children. But Wilson wasn’t having it; he beat Manson to a pulp right there and then.
17. James Brown really did lead police on a car chase (twice)
James Brown was frequently in trouble with the police, and his drug habit didn’t help matters, either. It was in September 1988, though, when things went absolutely awry. He marched into an insurance office holding a gun, yelling about the staff visiting his restroom. Then the cops turned up, and Brown led them on a six-mile chase. They even shot some of his tires out, too.
For that stunt, Brown was sentenced to six years in prison. But that didn’t stop him. He got out of prison in 1991 and, ten years after the initial crime, did almost the exact same thing in 1998. And that time he received a two-year suspended sentence. So when Brown passed away in 2006, he left behind a truly wild legacy.
16. Freddie Mercury really did have huge, weird parties
In 1978 Mercury and the other members of Queen held a massive fiesta at the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans – one that would go down in rock history. Some of the details about it have been disputed, such as the band hiring bald-headed dwarfs to carry cocaine on their heads, but others have been confirmed as true by party-goers.
In his 2011 book Is This the Real Life: The Untold Story of Queen, Mark Blake writes, “As Queen arrived, a flock of transvestites, fire-eaters, dancing girls, snake charmers and strippers dressed as nuns, appeared from the wings. The Rolling Stones’ disco hit ‘Miss You’ blared out of the speakers, as various female revelers shed their clothes on the dance floor.” The whole thing reportedly cost at least $200,000, too.
15. Axl Rose really did have an altercation with David Bowie
Back in 1989, Axl Rose decided that he wanted to make a bondage-themed music video for “It’s So Easy.” He went down to the Cathouse Club in Hollywood, got his girlfriend Erin Everly to wear S&M attire, and started performing sex-charged scenes with her. However, David Bowie was there, and Rose got angry at how much attention he was paying to Everly.
In 2015 Cathouse Club owner Riki Rachtman told the website Yahoo, “Now, when your security guard comes up to you and says, ‘Riki, Axl Rose is chasing David Bowie down the street saying he’s gonna kill him, what should I do?’ Well, how do you answer something like that?” Even so, when Bowie said sorry, the pair started up a friendship.
14. Jimmy Page really did purchase Aleister Crowley’s former home
Ever since he first achieved fame, rumors spread that guitarist Jimmy Page was a devil worshipper. He never actually denied these rumors, either, perhaps guessing that they added to the public image of Led Zeppelin. And he was obsessed with the occultist Aleister Crowley, even going so far as to purchase his old house.
In 1975 Page told Rolling Stone magazine, “There were two or three owners before Crowley moved into it. It was also a church that was burned to the ground with the congregation in it. Strange things have happened in that house that had nothing to do with Crowley. The bad vibes were already there. A man was beheaded there, and sometimes you can hear his head rolling down.”
13. Van Halen really did ask for “no brown M&Ms” in a contract
For years, a peculiar story has circulated about the band Van Halen. They demanded that their concert organizers provide them with a bowl of M&Ms – but that all the brown ones should be taken out. If they then found any that were this color, you see, the concert promoters would have to forfeit the show. It’s a true story, and the band actually had a very good reason for doing this.
In 2012 David Lee Roth told the magazine Business Insider, “If I came backstage… and I saw brown M&Ms on the catering table, then I guarantee the promoter had not read the contract rider, and we would have to do a serious line check.” So, the M&Ms were in the contract simply to check that the concert staff were doing their jobs properly.
12. Tony Iommi really did burn Bill Ward (and more)
Tony Iommi had a habit of playing “pranks” on his Black Sabbath bandmate Bill Ward. Some of them were incredibly dangerous, too. Indeed, Iommi confirmed to The Guardian in 2016 that at some point, the other band members had covered Ward in gold paint, which nearly killed him. And the paramedics who handled the case were understandably furious.
What’s more, in a scenario that’s more glaringly dangerous, Iommi once set Ward on fire. He told The Guardian newspaper, “I tipped rubbing alcohol over him. Normally, it just burned off, but this time it soaked into his clothes. So when I lit it, he went up like a bomb. He was rolling on the floor, shouting and screaming.” But he did concede that “[he] felt bloody awful.”
11. Elvis Presley really took Priscilla to a morgue
Elvis and Priscilla Presley loved each other, but aspects of their relationship were seemingly quite disturbing. You see, in a 1985 piece she penned for People magazine, Priscilla wrote about a time that Elvis took her to a morgue. He promised her the experience would “scare the fire out of [her].” And she said it certainly did just that the first time she went there.
Priscilla wrote that she and Elvis had encountered the body of a baby, and Elvis had told her, “You have to see things like this sometimes. This is the hard, cold fact – reality. When you look at a body, you realize how temporary it all is, how it could end in a matter of minutes.” Elvis himself had a twin who had been stillborn, and he reportedly always felt guilty about it.
10. Keith Moon was really replaced by an audience member once
During a 1973 gig in Daly City, The Who ran into difficulties. Keith Moon, who had big problems with drug and alcohol abuse, was too intoxicated to play the show. Pete Townshend later claimed he’d taken animal tranquilizers. And when Moon collapsed at the end of the song “Magic Bus,” the band decided to pick a new drummer from the crowd.
A 19-year-old named Scot Halpin was selected, and he did such a good job that he’s still remembered to this day. He even won a “Pick-Up Player of the Year” award from Rolling Stone. Despite his 15 minutes of fame, then, Halpin maintained a private life. But when news of his death hit in 2009, The Who paid tribute to him on their website.
9. Axl Rose really did throw an almost career-ending tantrum
On March 26, 1986, Guns N’ Roses were supposed to be signing a contract with Geffen Records. But Axl Rose posed a big problem. He’d lost his contact lenses, you see, and believed someone else had stolen them to prevent him from reading the paperwork. Eventually, four hours after the meeting was meant to start, they were found in Rose’s pants.
After that, Rose was discovered meditating on top of a Whisky a Go Go. It seems he hadn’t completely blown it. In 2015 band manager Vicky Hamilton told U.K. newspaper the Daily Mail, “I think we were about four hours late. Luckily, they had all waited – except David Geffen – but the others had.” And she added, more surprisingly, “Nobody was angry, it was kind of the status quo.”
8. Steven Tyler really did like to steal things
Steven Tyler was many things in his heyday, but he was also by all accounts a kleptomaniac. According to Joe Perry, writer of the 2014 book Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith, Tyler would steal whatever wasn’t bolted down. Once, he even lost the band a concert because he decided to take a slide projector for himself.
In his book, Perry also detailed an incident when Tyler was accused of stealing $2,000 from armed men. He described how things were heating up when “the back door crashed open, and Gary Cabozzi [a friend of the band] came running through the apartment wielding an enormous sword.” The thugs went away, but it later turned out that Tyler really did take the money.
7. Keith Richards really did ingest his father’s ashes
For years, it was thought that Keith Richards had mixed his dad’s ashes with cocaine and snorted them. He claimed that he had, then he denied it, then his reps denied it and so on. However, in 2015 the aging rock star told the media that he had, in fact, ingested his father’s remains.
You see, that year Richards informed GQ magazine that he had intended to spread the ashes around a tree – but things didn’t quite go to plan. He said, “When I pulled the top off of the box, wafts of Dad landed on the table. And my dad knows I’d always liked my cocaine, a snort here and there. So I just… had a line of Dad.” And that, it would seem, is that.
6. Billy Idol really was removed from a hotel by the Thai military
In 1989 Billy Idol decided to take a break in Thailand. But this was no ordinary holiday. Over a period of three weeks, he and his entourage raced from hotel to hotel, having wild parties and destroying things. Eventually, the rocker reached the Mandarin Oriental and decided to rent the penthouse suite there.
Unperturbed by the bill he was racking up, Idol proceeded to destroy those rented rooms as well. As you would imagine, the hotel told him to leave – not least because they needed the suite for a visiting dignitary. And when he wouldn’t, the staff called in the army. They then shot Idol with a tranquilizer and carried him out on a stretcher.
5. Jimi Hendrix really did set his guitar and hands on fire
Guitarists need their hands, but Jimi Hendrix perhaps didn’t consider this when he planned out a new stunt on stage. At the end of the song “Fire,” you see, he and the band decided that Hendrix would set his guitar alight. So, while touring in Britain, Hendrix covered his instrument in lighter fluid and lit a match. It didn’t go well to say the least.
The flames reached a height of four feet and got out of control. Hendrix and a man who’d rushed to his aid were both burned, although they were lucky in that they suffered no major injuries. The burned guitar surprisingly survived, too, and in 2008 it was auctioned off, selling for a whopping $450,000 in the end.
4. KISS really did use their blood as comic book ink
It sounds like an urban legend that would be passed around playgrounds, but yes, there actually are comics out there made with the blood KISS’ band members. Back in 1977 the band and Marvel teamed up to create a KISS comic series, with the gimmick being that actual blood would be mixed into the ink of the first one.
The original contract regarding the matter states, “This is to certify that KISS members, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss, have each donated blood which is being collectively mixed with the red ink to be used for the first issue of the Marvel/KISS comics.” The comic sells for hundreds of dollars nowadays.
3. Ozzy Osbourne really did destroy a room with a shark
It seems it might be a good idea for Ozzy Osbourne to stay away from animals. There’s the infamous bat story, of course. There’s also the time that he might have snorted a line of ants up like cocaine. But they’re topped by an even stranger story about a shark that came to light when Tony Iommi went on a promotional tour for his new memoir in 2011.
To promote the book, Iommi did an interview with the New York Post, and he said, “With drugs always you get bored, so you must do something to one another. Like Ozzy hauling a shark through a window, dismembering it and soaking our room in blood.” But, of course, that story raises so many questions.
2. Michael Jackson really did have a pet chimp
The story of Michael Jackson’s chimp has passed into legend, but you may be stunned to know that it was actually true. And it was even more bizarre than you might think. The King of Pop bought the monkey known as Bubbles from a research facility and kept him around as a pet. He went on tour with him, too, and at one point they both had a meeting with the mayor of Osaka.
For a while, Bubbles lived at the Neverland Ranch, where he apparently slept in the same bedroom as Jackson. But as the years went on, he got bigger and more aggressive, as chimps do, and could no longer live with humans. He ended up at the Florida Center for Great Apes, and he’s still there to this day. Yes, Jackson’s estate even pays for his keep.
1. David Bowie and Mick Jagger really did sleep together
It’s been long believed that David Bowie, who was a bisexual icon, had at least one night with the Rolling Stones musician Mick Jagger. And according to Bowie’s one-time wife Angie Bowie, that’s true. She revealed all when interviewed by Christopher P. Andersen for his 2012 book Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger.
According to Angie, then, she returned home one day and was told somebody was in her bed. When she went up there, Bowie and Jagger were lying naked together. Angie said she “felt absolutely dead certain that they’d been screwing. It was so obvious, in fact, that [she’d] never even considered the possibility that they hadn’t been.” Neither man ever confirmed it, but perhaps they preferred to keep it private.
Now, while this sheds light on many popular rock-star rumors, there’s one icon on this list whose life is particularly plagued by rumors: Elvis. Well, the King of Rock and Roll’s cousin Billy Smith recently took to YouTube to address some of these allegations.
Even four decades after his death, rumors continue to swirl about Elvis Presley. There’s the theory that he’s actually still alive, for instance – and that he may even have faked his death. When the King’s cousin Billy Smith caught wind of one particular piece of gossip, though, he cleared up speculation once and for all. And what Smith had to say about his famous relative is pretty surprising.
We’ll discover what Smith had to say about his superstar cousin a little later, but first let’s learn more about Elvis himself. There is, of course, no denying that he remains one of the biggest cultural icons of the 20th century. And it probably would be fair to say that the singer’s image is as famous as his music, as he’s instantly recognizable even to those who don’t count themselves as Elvis fans.
Most famously, the King marked himself out with his distinctive quiff hairdo. On the recommendation of a make-up artist, the star originally dyed his hair black on the set of his 1957 film Loving You. And the decision to keep that shade seemingly paid off, as a 2019 study compiled by the beauty vitamin company Perfectil named Elvis’ locks as the most iconic of all time.
Then, of course, there were Elvis’ boyish good looks. His pale eyes contrasted with his dark hair – a lock of which often rested on his forehead. The musical legend also boasted a near-perfect pout, a defined Cupid’s bow and a full lower lip. And as fans know, he would often make his mouth quiver as he performed – lifting just one side to give a glimpse of his teeth.
Altogether, then, Elvis and his image are synonymous with the music of his era. And the star had quite the seismic impact after arriving on the scene. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll emphasizes Elvis’ importance, labeling him “an American music giant of the 20th century who singlehandedly changed the course of music and culture in the mid-1950s.” The magazine also added that “it was Elvis who made rock ‘n’ roll the international language of pop.”
Yes, Elvis made a splash almost from the moment he entered the cultural arena in 1954. It helped, too, that his emergence came at a time when teenagers had more money and freedom than ever before. And it was Elvis’ style that seemed to appeal to this new emancipated group of consumers in particular.
With Elvis firmly cementing himself as one of the first teen idols, kids suddenly wanted to look like him. Most notably, his distinctive “ducktail” hairstyle was coveted by teenage boys, who also stoked the demand for loose-fitting, open-necked shirts and black slacks in a bid to emulate their new musical hero.
But part of Elvis’ appeal to teenagers no doubt lay in their parents’ disapproval of the star. When he emerged as a singer in the mid-1950s, you see, his demeanor was considered provocative. And the way in which Elvis swung his hips would become an iconic dance move – even if it wasn’t to everyone’s taste.
In fact, when Elvis appeared on The Milton Berle Show in 1956, his performance of “Hound Dog” caused quite the stir. According to PBS, critics slammed the star’s “appalling lack of musicality” and disapproved of his “animalism” and “vulgarity.” At the time, the outraged Catholic Church even published an article entitled “Beware Elvis Presley.”
But while some adults denounced Elvis, his teenage fan base seemingly couldn’t get enough of his dance moves and sultry looks. And the singer reportedly became quite particular about his appearance over the years. As he got older, for instance, Elvis appeared to favor more flamboyant outfits in which to perform – often donning form-fitting bodysuits that were apparently designed to catch the eye.
However, by the 1970s Elvis’ star was beginning to wane. Following his divorce from Priscilla Presley in 1973, the star suffered from declining health and a reported pethidine addiction. And in the years that followed, Elvis also struggled with his weight. At one point, the star allegedly weighed 350 pounds and consumed up to 12,000 calories each day.
Rumors flew about the changes to Elvis’ appearance, with many of those whisperings centering on the star’s physical decline and eating habits. And while some have claimed that reports of Elvis’ excessive diet have been vastly exaggerated over the years, there is at least some evidence that he did have a big appetite.
Famously, one of Elvis’ favorite snacks is said to have been a sandwich made with toasted bread and containing bacon, banana and peanut butter. The flavor combination has since become so synonymous with the King, moreover, that it’s listed on menus all over the world as “The Elvis.” The foodstuff even has its own Wikipedia page.
Another indulgent sandwich to which Elvis was supposedly partial was what’s known as the Fool’s Gold Loaf. Made by the Colorado Mine Company restaurant in Denver, the meal was comprised of a hollowed-out bread loaf filled with one whole jar of grape jelly, a jar of peanut butter and a pound of bacon. And according to David Adler’s 1993 book The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley, the star apparently loved the sandwich so much that he once flew a private jet out to Denver just to get his fix.
Even as far back as 1960, Elvis’ apparent love of food was well documented. An extract from James Gregory’s biography of that year, The Elvis Presley Story, listed what the author claimed to be the star’s preferred morning meal. According to Gregory, “Elvis loves enormous breakfasts complete with sausage, bacon, eggs, fried potatoes, home-baked rolls and coffee. He has a tremendous appetite at breakfast.”
However, Mary Jenkins Langston had more insight than most when it came to Elvis’ diet, as she was the icon’s private chef for 14 years. And in 1996 Langston appeared on the BBC documentary The Burger and the King, where she attested to the singer’s large appetite and penchant for fatty foods.
Langston explained on The Burger and The King, “For breakfast, he’d have homemade biscuits fried in butter, sausage patties, four scrambled eggs and sometimes fried bacon.” However, while Elvis clearly had a love of junk food, he did try to lose weight over the years – sometimes even going to extreme lengths to do so.
One fad diet apparently put Elvis’ love of fizzy drinks to good use. For weeks on end, you see, the star was said to have eaten only bananas and jello made from his preferred black cherry soda. And that was far from the only eye-raising method that the King supposedly used in order to regain control of his image.
For instance, at some point during the 1970s, Elvis is believed to have tried the controversial “sleeping beauty diet” upon a doctor’s recommendation. The very risky process involves putting someone into a medically induced coma for days to prevent them from eating. Luckily, though, the musician changed his mind after the procedure and vowed never to embark on such excessive measures again.
Ultimately, though, Elvis passed away at his home in Graceland, Memphis, in August 1977. He was just 42 at the time, with his cause of death officially named as cardiac arrest. The King had also reportedly been in poor health at the time of his passing, being largely confined to bed and looked after by an assistant.
And like many aspects of Elvis’ life, the musical legend’s death has been subject to a number of rumors over the years. Gossip has also continued to circulate about the singer’s general appearance. It was this hearsay, then, that Elvis’ cousin decided to address in a video posted to his son Danny’s Memphis Mafia Kid YouTube channel in 2017.
Smith’s father Travis was the brother of Elvis’ mother Gladys, and the two boys had remained close for life. In fact, the singer’s relative was also part of the so-called Memphis Mafia – the name that Elvis gave to the close group of friends and associates with which he had surrounded himself throughout his career.
Owing to their close links to Elvis, Smith and his family were therefore in a position to clarify some of the bizarre rumors involving the King. Indeed, that’s precisely why Danny had chosen to set up his YouTube channel; he and his relatives wanted to share an insight into their lives with Elvis with the wider world.
So, upon taking to the channel in 2017, Smith decided to finally address some of the crazy rumors about the King that had emerged over the years. According to the description to the video, he would be discussing “some interesting facts about Elvis.” And Smith made good on this promise, too.
At the beginning of the video, Smith addresses his viewers by saying, “Hello folks, I just wanted to kinda tell you about a few things about Elvis and the way he was. I’m going to start off by saying, first of all, that [he] always tried to look his best. He always wanted to look good. He tried different things…” And with that, Smith divulges what he knows about Elvis’ changing appearance.
First of all, Smith addresses Elvis’ famous hair. And according to the King’s cousin, he didn’t always sport his iconic quiff. Smith explains, “In high school, he once got a crew cut, but [he] decided that [it] didn’t look real good. So, he let his hair grow out, and that’s kind of when he started wearing his sideburns long.”
But the revelation about Elvis’ hair isn’t the only detail that Smith focuses on, as he also goes on to discuss claims that the singer had webbed toes. And on this matter, he neither confirms nor denies whether this was the case. Smith says, “This could be true. I really can’t say for sure, but I had heard the same story.”
If Elvis had had webbed toes, though, Smith believes that he would have done something about them. In the video, the star’s cousin continues, “Elvis – if he did – he probably had them separated because he was kind of particular about his feet. He didn’t like to go barefooted much at all.”
Next up, attention turns to Elvis’ winning smile and claims that the King had help in achieving the perfect grin. Smith confirms this, saying, “He had caps on his teeth.” Explaining why the singer might have had such a procedure, he goes on, “Well, things like this to Elvis, it meant a lot because it made him look – he thought… it made him look better.”
Smith then goes on to address rumors that Elvis had received a facelift in 1957. He adds, “To me, it wasn’t a facelift. Elvis did not like the flare in his nose at that time – how wide it was. So, he decided to have it trimmed down – and that’s what they did, they trimmed the flair down. Which made him look… God! I don’t know how you can look any better, but he did.”
In fact, according to Smith, Elvis made many tweaks to his appearance over the years on an apparent quest for perfection. The legend’s cousin reveals in the YouTube video, “In ’56, he had a couple of moles on his hand which he thought looked kind of unsightly, you know… He didn’t like when his wrist would show because of that. So, he had those removed.”
Smith then claims that Elvis took things to the next level in 1975 and got a facelift. The King’s cousin alleges in the clip that a surgeon had told the star, “Man, you’re perfect. I don’t know where I can improve on it.” Even so, Smith says of his late relative, “He thought that he needed it.” So, the star went ahead with the procedure.
Then, later on in the video, Smith’s wife Jo enters the conversation to discuss Elvis’ black locks once more. She reveals, “Yes, he did have his hair dyed. He had his hair dyed, and the reason being is that someone told him that his eyes were so blue and all that, that if he had dark hair it would make his blue eyes stand out better. So, naturally, Elvis tried it… He liked it, and he kept it.”
But while some of the tweaks that Elvis allegedly made to his appearance may come as a shock to fans, they made perfect sense to those close to the singer. Smith explains, “[He] always tried to improve his looks.” And so that’s exactly what Elvis did, even when his friends and family believed that he was perfect just as he was.
Reflecting on his famous cousin’s image, Smith says, “Believe me, you know, if anybody had ever looked great, it was Elvis… Even before he had all these things done. But think about, you know, the way he was thinking… How he always tried to make himself look better… He wanted to be and look the best… and dress the best.”
Smith continues in the video, “Elvis had a unique way about him to go about doing these things – to make himself look better. And if somebody else he thought had an imperfection, you know, he would encourage them, help them. That was the way he was. And I mean, I’m just talking about things, you know, around Elvis in general.”
What’s more, in Smith’s opinion, Elvis’ desire to improve his appearance simply showed that he was human. His evolving look over the years was all part of the singer trying to look and feel his best – which is surely something to which we can all relate. Smith jokes in the clip, “I tried [to look better myself]. [Of] course it didn’t work, but I tried it.”
But no matter what Elvis changed throughout the years, he remained an idol to many – including Smith. And ultimately, the King’s cousin agrees that Elvis mostly improved his looks with the tweaks he made. Smith says, “He was my hero. To me, he could have never looked better. But, he did, he made himself look better.”
Besides, according to Jo, Elvis was just as attractive on the inside as he was on the outside. She explains, “Elvis was the type of person that never thought he was above anybody else. You would think, oh my gosh, sitting talking to him would be just unbelievable. But he was a really [unpretentious] person.”
Furthermore, while Jo claims that Elvis was aware of his celebrity, she says that he still looked out for those who perhaps weren’t as well off. In the YouTube clip, she adds, “Of course he knew he was Elvis Presley – he was proud of that – but he was an easy person to talk to. And he was always for the underdog. He could not stand to see anybody belittled or anything like that. He was just a really good person.”