Note: Rocks Off brings you this article about former U.S. Army Sgt. Elvis A. Presley in honor of the King and all his fellow servicemen and women, past and present. Happy Veteran's Day.
You're unlikely to have anyone bother with your ghost after you die. The most us regular folks can hope for usually is that we may stick around our old house for a while making cold spots. Maybe if you're unlucky enough to die in a noteworthy or particularly violent way you might end up haunting your murder sight or something.
As with everything else, though, celebrities exist in a realm above our own. Marilyn Monroe, for instance, is reported to haunt at least half a dozen places. Elvis gets around as a specter just as well as he did touring the country while alive. So where can you spot the ghost of the King of Rock and Roll?
Of course the most obvious place to start is Graceland in Memphis, where Presley lived until he died at the age of 42. You can find plenty of reports from rather...interesting individuals who have claimed to sense a supernatural presence in the mansion. Strangely enough, they do all tend to pick the same place as having a "buzz" or a "vibe"; the Graceland kitchen, for example shows up time and time again in blog posts about paranormal researchers making the Graceland pilgrimage.
There are also tons of YouTube videos showing what the posters say is the face of Elvis peering though the curtains at the windows. Actress Paz de la Huerta even says the ghost of Presley made her orgasm through ectoplasmic touching when she visited Graceland's recording studio.
Another venue that claims the ghost of the King still wanders its halls is the Las Vegas Hilton. Near the Strip, the hotel's nightclub was packed by Presley whenever he performed there, and it was the site of his final performance as a singer in 1976.
Elvis' ghost has been sighted in multiple locations in the hotel. In the penthouse suite where he once stayed, in the basement where he would hang out with his musicians before and after the show, and in a freight elevator where he often hid to get away from the mob of fans.
Wayne Newton himself has claimed the seen Elvis during a performance, looking down on him as he sang. People have even claimed to have seen the King tooling around the strip in a ghostly red Cadillac, but considering that people dressed as Elvis and red Cadillacs are not all that uncommon in Las Vegas that's probably just random misidentification.
Hollywood also contains more than a few sightings of Elvis' shade, not surprising since he made more than 40 films there. Presley regularly stayed at the famous Knickerbocker Hotel in life, taking promotional pictures for Heartbreak Hotel there in 1956. He is one of the many presences rumored to be felt in the nearly century-old landmark. Room No. 1016 is supposed to be his primary focal point, and many guests say the room is unseasonably chilly.
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Also related to "Heartbreak Hotel" the song is the old RCA recording studio in Nashville, where Presley recorded what was to be his first hit single. RCA is deader than its former star singer these days, but the rooms are still used for television production.
Stagehands there say that mentioning the name of the King is a good way to summon his active spirit. Lights blow out, ladders fall down, and mysterious noises and bangs start to occur.
Occasionally Elvis is seen wandering the streets of Nashville as well, but in regards to those sightings please refer to the section on Las Vegas mentioned previously.
There is one final tale involving the possible ghost of Elvis that is simply too strange and bizarre not to mention. It involves how he saved the life of a teenage boy from beyond the grave, and comes from Elvis After Life: Unusual Psychic Experiences Surrounding the Death of a Superstar by Dr. Raymond A. Moody Jr.
Dr. Moody relates the story of a Georgia police officer named Harold Welch. Welch was the father of four sons, but his boy Tony ran away from home with $2,000 to try and make it in Los Angeles as an actor. He left behind his room full of Elvis posters and records.
Welch worried about his son until one night Elvis, dressed as a police officer (Presley famously collected police badges), appeared to Welch and told him that he was concerned over Tony as well. He claimed Tony was running with a bad crowd and on drugs, but that he couldn't personally reach through to the boy. The Dream King pointed out where Tony was staying in L.A., and gave a description of the place involving a nearby drugstore across the street from a diner.
Welch and his family rented a car to try and find Tony, finally locating him in a run-down house near the exact scene Elvis had described. The family was tearfully reunited, but Welch never revealed the source to his family because he was afraid he'd be laughed at.
Later, though, Tony told his father he'd been dreaming of Elvis, and that Presley said his father was coming to get him.
Does the shade of the King of Rock and Roll wander through the places that meant the most to him, or even reach out to fans in need through unknown means? Who can say? What is known for sure is that Elvis touched and continues to touch many lives, and it's no surprise that those who believe with all their hearts sometimes find he isn't as far away as they might have thought.
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