The fool wrote:Here are some magazine articles written shortly after the passing of Gladys Love Presley.
Tragedy Strikes Elvis
by Malcolm Adams
Motion Picture, November 1958
The fool wrote:How Elvis Told His Mom Good-bye
by John Dunne
Movie Stars Parade, November 1958
The fool wrote:Heartbreak House
by Eunice Field
TV Radio Mirror, December 1958
Wow, boy, thank you for the triple-share! I'm not sure how I missed this.
Such a painful story. All three of these articles cover the same event, and all three writers seem to have attended the funeral on 8-15-1958
(Fri). One thing that stands out is how each is so well-written, and empathetic. We get many more details about Gladys
' illness, hospitalization, sudden passing and funeral. And it happens so fast, in the space of a week, from 8-08
in Fort Hood, Elvis dropping his folks at the train station, to the funeral on 8-15
. Elvis must have felt such dislocation, fear and loneliness.
The third article by Eunice Field
notes her presence at other events the year before, with many details, including the late December 1957 visit to Graceland by gal pals Hannerl Melcher
and Kathy Gabriel
. It's also clear those famous photographs of Melcher with Presley in black leather astride his Harley are not from Las Vegas, but Memphis. Nice to have that confirmed.
But, in the end, this event was a huge turning point in his life, although no one knew it then.