Elvis Behind the Legend book by Trina Young is available August 11, 2015.
Elvis Behind the Legend book by Trina Young is available August 11, 2015.
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Trina Young, author of "Elvis Presley, Behind the Legend,” the new book available Tuesday, August 11, 2015, just in time for Elvis Week celebrations around the world, used her distinctive skill of selecting details often overlooked by others to present a unique biography that is certain to please.

Behind the Legend is an easy read with plenty of short chapters loaded with interesting substance and stories not frequently recognized by even the most informed Elvis experts. Young picked some of the least publicized or known stories in the life and career of Elvis to explore deeper and reveal additional information that music fans will find particularly fascinating.

For instance, much has been written over the years about Elvis and Ann Margaret, Linda Thompson, Ginger Alden, Anita Wood, Natalie Wood, Nancy Sinatra, and even exotic dancer Tempest Storm. But how many of us recognize the names Joyce Bova, Mary Magdalene Morgan, Tura Satana, Bobbi Owens, or Barbara Leigh? One curious chapter is devoted solely on the 55-year missing connection with Owens.

In its complete title, “Elvis Presley, Behind the Legend--Startling Truths About The King of Rock of Rock and Roll’s Life, Loves, Films and Music,” this book explores and compares Elvis’ impacts and rapports with notable entertainers such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Steve McQueen, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and others. When George Harrison objected to some of Elvis’s recent music offerings during a second one-on-one meeting at Madison Square Garden, Elvis soon took the criticism and created something very beautiful and distinctive out of it.

“Elvis Presley’s public image as The King of Rock and Roll was constantly at war with his inner desires: the rock and roll revolutionary who wanted to be a mainstream pop star, the teen heartthrob who wanted to be a serious actor, the defiant rebel who dutifully served in the military, the sex god who released religious gospel records and the anti-establishment symbol who proudly shook hands with President Nixon,” Young documented.

Some of the most startling or little known revelations about Elvis Presley include:

  • Why Elvis’ family and friends were so shocked when they first heard his voice singing over their radios.
  • The title of the last song Elvis ever wrote and why he didn’t write anymore.
  • What patriotic act (not his military service) Elvis committed to compel him to comment how it gave him “a warm feeling. It’s wonderful to get a chance in your lifetime to do something of this nature.”
  • His hidden speech impediment
  • How he truly felt about rock and roll
  • How Elvis learned to bump and grind
  • The woman who stood between Elvis and Priscilla
  • Why Elvis was willing to give up his career
  • The acclaimed Elvis film that was surprisingly a flop
  • Why Elvis never attended any of his movie premieres
  • How Elvis designed his own grave site
  • Who was bigger - Elvis or The Beatles?
  • Who was paid more for their fee to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show on television—Elvis or the Beatles? Why?

Finally, Young included two well researched appendixes to supplement the stories in the book. She answers, with authority and facts, the enduring questions about who sold the most records: Elvis or the Beatles? Appendix A “ELVIS PRESLEY AND THE BEATLES CERTIFIED U.S. RECORD SALES” presents the numbers. Appendix B, “ELVIS PRESLEY’S MOVIES BY THE NUMBERS,” ranks his films by total box office earnings.

The book is available in e-book form and will be out in paperback this fall.

Special note: Jack Dennis, who interviewed Elvis and conversed with him on two occasions, was the president of the official Texas Chapter of the Elvis Presley Fan Club during the time of Presley’s death in 1977. Dennis has interviewed and spoken with Presley’s family members, friends, entourage, employees and fans across the world since 1972.