Larry King Live

Finally, after being postponed twice, the Elvis themed Larry King show "The truth about the King" will be aired tonight, at 9 p.m. ET. Twenty-six years after Elvis Presley's death, his stepbrothers and his closest friend, Joe Esposito, share their intimate memories of a music legend. Updated August 27; you can read the transcript of the broadcast by following the link below.
Source: Elvis World Japan / Updated: Aug 27, 2003 
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jessy (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2003report abuse
I do think that 'the guys' could have helped Elvis!
LonnieBeale (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2003report abuse
A final comment on the Larry King interview, we all know Elvis was not an angel but we don't need leeches still preying on his memory. To a new generation we are trying to show why Elvis was and is the King, we don't need the bad times, which Elvis wanted kept among his inner circle .It is this inner circle which still tries to make money off the King.So the guys were out of work when Elvis died ,big deal no one told them to stay,they tried to get everything for nothing and still are, it is like the old Mafia, these things are private and not for the general public. Esposito ,Lamar and the rest of the inner circle are not worth writing anymore about and it is time E.P. enterprises stepped in and shut these guys up for good.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2003report abuse
Why is everyone getting so upset ??. Elvis was a grown man and picked and chose who he wanted to be around him. He knew what went on etc but needed their company. Put yourself in everybody else's shoes for one second, Elvis died in 77 and all of a sudden you are unemployed and probably near broke, of course you are going to sell stories, exaggerate facts etc to make a few bucks, we would all do the same. Elvis was the greatest but was certainly not the angel some of you guys are making out.
TonyP (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2003report abuse
Hi Airtouch. I wasn't complaining about Joe making money from his association with Elvis as such, I was complaining about his so-called best friend being the one in the group who was secretly (by his own admission) reporting back to the Colonel behind Elvis' back. That was disloyal and had Elvis known about it he would have rightly fired him. To my mind, Charlie Hodge showed Elvis more loyalty from the army days until his death. He gave up his ambitions as a gospel singer - having been pretty successful prior to going in the army - and was always around for Elvis, without screwing him over behind his back. Furthermore, you will never hear him say a single negative thing about Elvis. Considering how a manuscript immediately increases in value when the dirt is included, that shows true loyalty as far as I'm concerned.
olivia (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2003report abuse
I never even heard that Elvis dated Connie Stevens, I wish they would interview Ginger Alden or Joyce Bova, someone that was know for dating Elvis. Has anyone seen Ginger Alden lately in a photo or TV, I wonder what she looks like now. Priscilla sure looks great for 58 years old.
Airtouch67 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2003report abuse
In response to TonyP's comment, yes - I fully agree with you that both the Stanley boys are less than desirable. I was simply stating that at least David can speak like a normal human being, whereas Rick is so out there. I think sometimes Joe Esposito gets a bad rap though. Every interview, etc - that I have ever seen him do he is at least likeable. I don't honest believe he's been jumping on the Elvis bandwagon.. certainly not as much as most. Of course he is going to have an active role in Elvis' afterlife, he was afterall there with him all those years. Elvis being one of the most popular people in American Culture, of course people will be curious about the relationship between Joe and Elvis for many years to come. I seriously doubt anybody would really do anything different than Joe, I know I wouldn't. I'm sure he gets requests daily to do appearances, etc. Also, I'm sure Joe sacrificed many things being loyal to Elvis all those years... things we may take for granted such as normal hours, family life, etc. So I think he should be entitled to "something." Nobody is perfect really... and like anything else, we can choose to listen; or choose to ignore. Thanks.
Elvis Fan for Life (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2003report abuse
I dont know a lot about the stanley's but I am pretty sure that joe esposito really was Elvis' best friend.Every single video I ever seen of Elvis /in concert mode or interviews also show joe esposito at Elvis' side.every where Elvis went so did joe.He was the one most consistant in Elvis' life from the time they met each other in the army.Every book I have read also mentions joe at Elvis' side.So when ever I see joe esposito giving an interview I tend to believe everything that he says.Joe has been critized for getting the 'FACTS' mixed up on several occassions (like when Elvis died) but I also worked security for Elvis on several different occasions in 1975 & 1976 and I have found myself mixing up events that occured back then.My memory is not perfect and neither is joe esposito'.I have told many people that I have met over the years of my encounters with Elvis and then later I will be looking at photos of those times and realize that I had gotten my dates mixed up.
I think that the interview that was shown the other night was an old interview taped on The 25th anniversary of Elvis' death.at the end of the interview larry king said to be sure to watch for Elvis' new DVD that was coming out and the DVD he referred to was the special edition of 'Elvis,that the way it is' which was released in 2001
TonyP (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2003report abuse
I wouldn't trust any of the Stanleys. Airtouch, you noted that David seems more intelligent. Well I'm pretty sure I'm right in saying that he is also the brother who chose to collaborate on a book with Albert Goldman a number of years ago. That's all I need to know about him. Imagine collaborating with someone who had performed a character assassination on a member of your family?? And as for their mother, Dee, I'm not even going to repeat the garbage she chose to write shortly before her death.
The Stanleys wrote one good book - 'We Love You Tender' - in the late 70s and since have proceeded to contradict themselves in print everytime they want to make a fast buck. I would call them scum.
I would also agree with the person who pointed out that Joe was the Colonel's number one guy with divided loyalties.
LonnieBeale (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2003report abuse
Why does Larry King gets the wrong people to talk on Elvis, Joe Esposito who only ever cared about himself and how much he could rip off Elvis , the step brothers who were always strung out and still ripping Elvis' memory,as much as we love Connie Stevens the relationship with Elvis was a very small affair, better to have spoken with the true love and the one who should have been Mrs Presley-Ann Margret. Joe Esposito still defending Col. Parker, yes man to the last minute.Elvis was the best ever but these people are still ripping the man .pity they don't go away.
dismas (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2003report abuse
I watched the show last night and I have to admit it was with an attitude of detached bemusement. As always, Mr. King leaves much to be desired as an interviewer, and this time around he didn't even bother with viewer calls -- which is where you usually hear the most incisive questions on his show. Connie Stevens was sweet and pleasant, but from everything I've ever read (and that's a lot) she was nothing more than a minor blip on Elvis's romantic radar screen. The Stanley boys did their usual "it's not our fault, we were just kids" routine. One wonders how much longer they're going to milk their elvis connection. We never seem to hear from brother number three (Billy). Perhaps he has decided to take the high road. As far as "Diamond Joe" Esposito goes, well, I have to say I have a lot of trouble with this guy portraying himself as "Elvis's best friend." The rest of the Memphis Mafia generally paint a picture of Joe as Colonel Parker's boy -- the guy who always ran back to Parker tattling on E & Co like a brown-nose schoolboy. Maybe that's why he has become the official Colonel Parker apologist. Last night's claims that Parker was sensitive to Elvis's growing prescription intake in the last couple of years of his downward spiral were both ludicrous and insulting to those of us who have followed the story and cared about the man. All in all, this much delayed event was both uninformative and disappointing.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2003report abuse
I've just read the transcript. What a brilliant show with sensible and interesting conversation (even though to the hardcore fan, it's nothing really new). Great work !
Airtouch67 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2003report abuse
Hello. I watched the interview last night, and I must say I was a little disappointed. Joe Esposito, as always, was great. Of course he was just asked the same questions as he had been asked in the past so many times. Connie Stevens was ok as well. I have to say though, those step-brothers are something else. I am not sure which one (I think it's Rick) with the blonde hair, is something else. He appears like he's strung out, sitting there talking about "enjoying" all the drugs he took with Elvis, etc. He seems like he has a hard time putting 2 words together. I have seen him many times in the past speaking about Elvis, and usually I just turn him off - let alone read his book. The other brother seems to be much more intelligent at least. Overall, I thought the special was a tad generic. However, I am glad Joe Esposito was on because I always enjoy his commentary. He seems so much more sincere and genuine than anybody. Thanks.
eduard (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2003report abuse
Well now...I saw the interview last night and it was fine, nothing really new on the horizon compared to the earlier one year ago with Linda Thompson&co. also no new facts of the guests like Joe Esposito,Connie Stevens and the 2 cousins of Elvis, who were just telling stories how Elvis was as a person, entertainer,father and this time no new pictures or film-outtakes we haven't seen yet last year and the years before. so.. was it worth it? As an Elvis-fan it was a worthit as our daily reading of the newsfacts on the world. As an outsider you might have changed the channels.
Lar (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2003report abuse
Waiting a while now, but the Transcripts are available from CNN web site and are excellent, well worth a visit..Hi to anyone in Ireland who visits this site, which is really good..Thanks, L
gbalaban (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2003report abuse
Thank God! TCB!
TCB fan (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 26, 2003report abuse
I'll stay up tonight! because I have a dvd player, and I have no video recorder anymore, so I can't record It. So it better be aired tonight or els I wonder when it will be aired.

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