After three years of writing and research, Sonny West and Marshall Terrill have completed their tentatively titled book, “Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business.”
The collaboration, which started in 2002, is the long awaited follow-up to the 1977 book, “Elvis: What Happened?” in which Sonny West co-authored with Red West and Dave Hebler. Terrill said the book is approximately 480 pages in length and includes two appendices – “All The King’s Men” and “Myths, Facts and Frequently Asked Questions.” The former is a section on former Memphis Mafia members while the latter is a list of questions West answers directly from Presley followers.
"The book was fun to write, but it was also a very exhaustive effort because of the painstaking research that Sonny and I did to ensure the facts were correct,” said Terrill, who is the author of nine books, including a March 2006 biography on basketball legend “Pistol” Pete Maravich.
“When this book is published, no one will ever doubt or question Sonny West’s love for Elvis Presley. I’m also very proud of the fact that Sonny doesn’t sugarcoat the truth nor is he disrespectful to Elvis Presley’s memory. What you’ll read is a very balanced, sensitive and moving memoir about the greatest entertainer who ever lived,” Terrill said.
Terrill said the manuscript is fully edited and is in the hands of veteran literary agent, Tony Seidl, who specializes in celebrity biographies and autobiographies. Seidl has sold more than 200 books to date.
West said the experience of writing, “Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business” has been cathartic for him. “Over the years there was a lot of joy and a lot of sadness in writing this book but the facts are that I loved Elvis, miss him and I wish he was still here,” said Sonny West.
The book will cover West’s 16 years with Elvis Presley from 1960 to 1976, the aftermath of “Elvis: What Happened?” to his thoughts today on Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley.
The book will also feature several stories and anecdotes that have never been told before and will include many never seen before photos from West’s personal collection as well as photos donated from the Russ Howe collection.
Source: Various / Updated: Dec 20, 2005