In this section you can submit questions to people that knew Elvis, or to other important people in the Elvis World.

Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:21 pm

Hi Sandi, having read many biographies on Elvis, quite a lot of them say that Elvis didn't or wouldn't bathe regularly, although of the many 1000's of pictures I've seen of Elvis with other people none of them are holding their noses and going "Pheeee-oooh Get a shower, man" , as someone who was often in his presence can you put this story to bed (or bath?)

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:19 am

i might need a shower if i watch your avatar for much longer!

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:20 am

rickeap wrote:i might need a shower if i watch your avatar for much longer!


Lol! :lol:

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:40 am

Liverbobs wrote:Hi Sandi, having read many biographies on Elvis, quite a lot of them say that Elvis didn't or wouldn't bathe regularly, although of the many 1000's of pictures I've seen of Elvis with other people none of them are holding their noses and going "Pheeee-oooh Get a shower, man" , as someone who was often in his presence can you put this story to bed (or bath?)


**I've read those stories too and I'll have to say, I never got the impression that he didn't bathe regularly. Quite the opposite in fact - he had the faint smell of soap on him most times . Occasionally he'd have on cologne but it didn't seem to be something he used every day. Dial soap, to this day, reminds me of how he smelled. His hair was always clean and his fingernails were always clean - the two things that I think would be the first to show lack of personal hygiene.

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:01 am

DutchLA wrote:
Liverbobs wrote:Hi Sandi, having read many biographies on Elvis, quite a lot of them say that Elvis didn't or wouldn't bathe regularly, although of the many 1000's of pictures I've seen of Elvis with other people none of them are holding their noses and going "Pheeee-oooh Get a shower, man" , as someone who was often in his presence can you put this story to bed (or bath?)


**I've read those stories too and I'll have to say, I never got the impression that he didn't bathe regularly. Quite the opposite in fact - he had the faint smell of soap on him most times . Occasionally he'd have on cologne but it didn't seem to be something he used every day. Dial soap, to this day, reminds me of how he smelled. His hair was always clean and his fingernails were always clean - the two things that I think would be the first to show lack of personal hygiene.


Sandi, thanks as always, your posts are always much appreciated!

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:01 pm

Those stories came from Albert Goldman, if I´m not mistaken.

//Björn

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:56 pm

DutchLA wrote:
Liverbobs wrote:Hi Sandi, having read many biographies on Elvis, quite a lot of them say that Elvis didn't or wouldn't bathe regularly, although of the many 1000's of pictures I've seen of Elvis with other people none of them are holding their noses and going "Pheeee-oooh Get a shower, man" , as someone who was often in his presence can you put this story to bed (or bath?)


**I've read those stories too and I'll have to say, I never got the impression that he didn't bathe regularly. Quite the opposite in fact - he had the faint smell of soap on him most times . Occasionally he'd have on cologne but it didn't seem to be something he used every day. Dial soap, to this day, reminds me of how he smelled. His hair was always clean and his fingernails were always clean - the two things that I think would be the first to show lack of personal hygiene.


Dial soap? The men soap or the regular soap? :oops:

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:59 pm

Thanks for answering, I hoped as much!

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:02 pm

Does anyone know what his favorite colored soap was? I always prefer the light blue, but sometimes a yellow bar makes me feel especially clean.

Thanks in advance.

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:16 pm

Monique wrote:
DutchLA wrote:
Liverbobs wrote:Hi Sandi, having read many biographies on Elvis, quite a lot of them say that Elvis didn't or wouldn't bathe regularly, although of the many 1000's of pictures I've seen of Elvis with other people none of them are holding their noses and going "Pheeee-oooh Get a shower, man" , as someone who was often in his presence can you put this story to bed (or bath?)


**I've read those stories too and I'll have to say, I never got the impression that he didn't bathe regularly. Quite the opposite in fact - he had the faint smell of soap on him most times . Occasionally he'd have on cologne but it didn't seem to be something he used every day. Dial soap, to this day, reminds me of how he smelled. His hair was always clean and his fingernails were always clean - the two things that I think would be the first to show lack of personal hygiene.


Dial soap? The men soap or the regular soap? :oops:


**I didn't know there was a choice! I'd guess just regular ole soap - don't think they had the fancy alternatives back then.

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:56 pm

DutchLA wrote:
Monique wrote:
DutchLA wrote:
Liverbobs wrote:Hi Sandi, having read many biographies on Elvis, quite a lot of them say that Elvis didn't or wouldn't bathe regularly, although of the many 1000's of pictures I've seen of Elvis with other people none of them are holding their noses and going "Pheeee-oooh Get a shower, man" , as someone who was often in his presence can you put this story to bed (or bath?)


**I've read those stories too and I'll have to say, I never got the impression that he didn't bathe regularly. Quite the opposite in fact - he had the faint smell of soap on him most times . Occasionally he'd have on cologne but it didn't seem to be something he used every day. Dial soap, to this day, reminds me of how he smelled. His hair was always clean and his fingernails were always clean - the two things that I think would be the first to show lack of personal hygiene.


Dial soap? The men soap or the regular soap? :oops:


**I didn't know there was a choice! I'd guess just regular ole soap - don't think they had the fancy alternatives back then.


I'd never heard of that brand of soap until you mentioned it. Had to look it up in google.

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:40 am

Rob wrote:Does anyone know what his favorite colored soap was? I always prefer the light blue, but sometimes a yellow bar makes me feel especially clean.

Thanks in advance.


"Manly yes, but I like it too!" :lol:

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:28 am

dreambear wrote:Those stories came from Albert Goldman, if I´m not mistaken.

//Björn


Unfortunately, his misssing cleanliness is well mentioned also by Lamar Fike and Billy Smith, in Alanna Nash book "Elvis, Revelations from the Memphis Mafia". Furthermore, in the documentary "The Last Day Of Elvis", Lamar Fike says Elvis smelt a lot bad and they :twisted: :twisted:

I hate revelations like these, as in my opinion, they are outrageos, full disripectul and without good taste :twisted:, mostly if they are coming from people declaring they were his true friends and still love him.

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Sat Aug 29, 2009 3:58 am

Paula wrote:
dreambear wrote:Those stories came from Albert Goldman, if I´m not mistaken.

//Björn


Unfortunately, his misssing cleanliness is well mentioned also by Lamar Fike and Billy Smith, in Alanna Nash book "Elvis, Revelations from the Memphis Mafia". Furthermore, in the documentary "The Last Day Of Elvis", Lamar Fike says Elvis smelt a lot bad and they :twisted: :twisted:

I hate revelations like these, as in my opinion, they are outrageos, full disripectul and without good taste :twisted:, mostly if they are coming from people declaring they were his true friends and still love him.

Billy defended Elvis though. He said it was only in the end basically that you maybe could smell Elvis.

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:02 am

Xaykev wrote:
Paula wrote:
dreambear wrote:Those stories came from Albert Goldman, if I´m not mistaken.

//Björn


Unfortunately, his misssing cleanliness is well mentioned also by Lamar Fike and Billy Smith, in Alanna Nash book "Elvis, Revelations from the Memphis Mafia". Furthermore, in the documentary "The Last Day Of Elvis", Lamar Fike says Elvis smelt a lot bad and they :twisted: :twisted:

I hate revelations like these, as in my opinion, they are outrageos, full disripectul and without good taste :twisted:, mostly if they are coming from people declaring they were his true friends and still love him.

Billy defended Elvis though. He said it was only in the end basically that you maybe could smell Elvis.


That's true! Actually, I feel as Billy Smith is a bit subsueded by the other guys. That's why I can't really "hate" Billy Smith. He is a good guy and I think he really loved Elvis.
Anyway, I'll never appreciate people who deal with so private details od anymone, mostrly on Elvis. I learned and experienced that suffering of mental depression, you normally loose all interests in anythig is connected with your body, like personal hygiene.
In my opinion, along his last months, Elvis was very depressed and if I was his friend I would respect it. Particularly I'd never tell stories like these, to an entire world :smt004

PS. You'll surely find lot of grammar mistakes in my post, but I'm Italian and English is not my mother language. Sorry :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:52 am

Paula wrote:That's true! Actually, I feel as Billy Smith is a bit subsueded by the other guys. That's why I can't really "hate" Billy Smith. He is a good guy and I think he really loved Elvis.


I agree. His was the typically the best and most balanced (in feel) contribution to that Revelations book. Marty Lacker is a world-class putz, who seems to feel he holds exclusive rights to the-truth-the-only-truth when he very clearly doesn't and Lamar Fike is...well......well, for one, I think Lamar still has a lot of anger to work out toward Elvis and it's no coincidence that he's probably the worst offender when it comes to conveying extremely personal info about Elvis (true, exaggerated, or lies...whichever) and was Goldman's inside man.

Elvis could have used more decent people around him. I think Billy Smith was one among them who was a decent man.

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:49 am

Xaykev wrote:
Paula wrote:
dreambear wrote:Those stories came from Albert Goldman, if I´m not mistaken.

//Björn


Unfortunately, his misssing cleanliness is well mentioned also by Lamar Fike and Billy Smith, in Alanna Nash book "Elvis, Revelations from the Memphis Mafia". Furthermore, in the documentary "The Last Day Of Elvis", Lamar Fike says Elvis smelt a lot bad and they :twisted: :twisted:

I hate revelations like these, as in my opinion, they are outrageos, full disripectul and without good taste :twisted:, mostly if they are coming from people declaring they were his true friends and still love him.

Billy defended Elvis though. He said it was only in the end basically that you maybe could smell Elvis.


Correct! Billy said it was after 1974. But, a lot of us smell occassionally, don´t we?

//Björn

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Sun Sep 06, 2009 1:20 pm

Paula wrote:
dreambear wrote:Those stories came from Albert Goldman, if I´m not mistaken.

//Björn


Unfortunately, his misssing cleanliness is well mentioned also by Lamar Fike and Billy Smith, in Alanna Nash book "Elvis, Revelations from the Memphis Mafia". Furthermore, in the documentary "The Last Day Of Elvis", Lamar Fike says Elvis smelt a lot bad and they :twisted: :twisted:

I hate revelations like these, as in my opinion, they are outrageos, full disripectul and without good taste :twisted:, mostly if they are coming from people declaring they were his true friends and still love him.


These are the type of revelations that tell you just how good of
friends Elvis had. Lamar, Marty and even Billy should be ashamed
to even mention things like this. I understand to some degree why
Elvis kept Billy around, but Lamar and Marty I'll never be able to
figure out. Elvis might has well have had Goldman in the Memphis
Mafia.

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:28 am

Well, Elvis was a loyal man.

It's not just a depression that can make you neglect things like personal hygiene, caring for your pets, arriving on appointments in time, holding your promises, etc. but also and very much so the apathy that pill/drug abuse or alcohol abuse drives you into. I've seen that happen to a person close to me, and it's a sad thing to witness but also very human.

That said, what can we believe from these guys ?

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:38 am

Those type of revelations say more about the person that is revealing them, than about the person that the revelations are about.

I'd rather have someone spreading the word that I smell than saying that I cannot be trusted because I go around telling lies and/or revealing things that were not meant for other ears.

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:25 pm

Very true Monique! ::rocks

Re: Sandi : Elvis and erm....Cleanliness!

Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:45 pm

iplayastrat wrote:
Paula wrote:
dreambear wrote:Those stories came from Albert Goldman, if I´m not mistaken.

//Björn


Unfortunately, his misssing cleanliness is well mentioned also by Lamar Fike and Billy Smith, in Alanna Nash book "Elvis, Revelations from the Memphis Mafia". Furthermore, in the documentary "The Last Day Of Elvis", Lamar Fike says Elvis smelt a lot bad and they :twisted: :twisted:

I hate revelations like these, as in my opinion, they are outrageos, full disripectul and without good taste :twisted:, mostly if they are coming from people declaring they were his true friends and still love him.


These are the type of revelations that tell you just how good of
friends Elvis had. Lamar, Marty and even Billy should be ashamed
to even mention things like this. I understand to some degree why
Elvis kept Billy around, but Lamar and Marty I'll never be able to
figure out. Elvis might has well have had Goldman in the Memphis
Mafia.


So very true. In fact, he had Goldman in his entourage by having Fike and Lacker around.