Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 6:03 am

In the early 1970s, after Memphis Mafia member Richard Davis left the fold, the now-infamous "Hamburger" James Caughley took over the role of valet and general "go-fer."


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When, in mid-1973, Caughley was apparently caught stealing -- and hauled off a commercial jet liner by an incensed Elvis, flashing his DEA Badge to the pilot on the runway -- it was a bit of a mystery as to who took over this crucial role.

Well, it's a mystery no more. Say hello to Ken Hicks -->


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After Hicks got the boot, it appears Al Strada inherited the job.

Poor Al, those last few years were not easy.

Enjoy!
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Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 6:34 am

Very interesting article thanks for posting! :lol:

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 6:46 am

Nice stuff, Doc, thanks!
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Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 6:54 am

Thanks.

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 7:10 am

I hope he writes a book!

JEFF d
EP fan

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 7:15 am

Is it Doc or Detective - some nice finds lately Doc 8)

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 7:17 am

Good one, Doc, thanks

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 7:25 am

Interesting article, Doc. Thanks,

Phil

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 7:40 am

After 30 years, all we really have are some of these small vignettes to interest us.

Well, those, and the upcoming Sun book + CD project from Ernst.

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 9:13 am

Very interesting read. Thanks for the post.

We should be glad Mr Hicks hasn't written a book.

He was Elvis personal dresser.............yet he claims he didn't know whether or not Elvis was abusing prescriptions and never illegal drugs.

He says that Elvis only swore when he was mad......was Elvis mad at every recording session

He quotes his salary at $30,000 including bonus and gifts..........that would be $148,000 in todays money.

The MM never got paid that much

Would Vernon really be paying out that for a valet let alone pay for the mafia's parties booze and food

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Fri May 21, 2010 10:44 am

An interesting read ,thanks Dr John

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Sat May 22, 2010 10:57 pm

paulsweeney wrote:Is it Doc or Detective - some nice finds lately Doc 8)

acmeruya wrote:Interesting article, Doc. Thanks,

keninlincs wrote:An interesting read ,thanks Dr John

You are all most welcome!

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:51 pm

There is an e-book on Ken Hicks and the two years he spent working for Elvis. It's called Elvis, as I knew him.
I was looking for information about him here, since I had never heard about this guy before. So thanks for posting the article, Dr.
If anyone is interested, it's available for download at Amazon.

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http://www.amazon.com/Elvis-As-Knew-Him ... 334&sr=1-2

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:27 pm

Aunt Delta wrote:http://www.amazon.com/Elvis-As-Knew-Him-ebook/dp/B0047GN78U

Thanks for the link. I almost want to drop the $10 and read his story.

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:13 pm

Thank's Doc. Great article!

I love reading stuff like this discovering new information. I had never even heard of this bloke until today !

Re: Who Replaced "Hamburger" James? A Mystery No More !

Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:20 pm

KiwiAlan wrote:Very interesting read. Thanks for the post.

We should be glad Mr Hicks hasn't written a book.

He was Elvis personal dresser.............yet he claims he didn't know whether or not Elvis was abusing prescriptions and never illegal drugs.

He says that Elvis only swore when he was mad......was Elvis mad at every recording session

He quotes his salary at $30,000 including bonus and gifts..........that would be $148,000 in todays money.

The MM never got paid that much

Would Vernon really be paying out that for a valet let alone pay for the mafia's parties booze and food



excellent points......