We love you Gladys!


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Gladys Presley, Vernon Presley and Catherine Adamshock. Gladys is holding her dog that Elvis gave her.

One of the things we all love about E.P. is his love for Mamma. Gladys Presley was born on April 25, 1912 and died on August 14, 1958. A very unlucky day for Elvis. RIP Gladys. Her middle name was Love, and we love you Gladys!

EXCERPT from The Rebel & The King by Nick Adams. In this passage Nick tells us what he and Elvis did after they arrived in Memphis.

As we drove Elvis pointed out various points of interest to me. Then he told me about his dog, which died just a short time before and how his folks and he sure missed him. He said, “Nick, keep your eyes peeled for a pet shop. I’m going to buy Mamma and Daddy another dog.”

     Elvis spotted the pet shop before I did. He pulled up in front of the place and we both went in. We went from stall to stall and in each one were the cutest little puppies I’ve ever seen. Elvis finally turned to me and said, “Gee Nick, I don’t know which one to get. They’re all so cute and friendly and I wish I could buy everyone in here and give them all a home.”

     By this time the man who owned the place came over to us and he recognized Elvis (as does everyone no matter where we go) and he said, “Welcome home, Elvis. We sure are proud of you son.”

     Elvis smiled and said, “Thank you sir. I’m interested in buying a puppy for my Mamma and Daddy but they’re all so blamed cute I don’t know which one to pick.”

     The man took us over to one of the stalls near the rear of the store and showed us the cutest litter of puppies you ever laid your eyes on. They were real tiny and sort of blondish, reddish type of hair. The man said that these puppies wouldn’t get much bigger than what they were now and that they were wonderful house dogs.

     Elvis picked up one of them and held him in his arms and the poor little thing was shaking and trembling. Elvis patted the pup gently and said, “The poor little thing is scared stiff. And he looks so lonely and homeless. Golly he’s cute. I’ll take this one, sir. How much do I owe you?”

     Elvis paid for the puppy and held him gently in his arms and put him down on the seat between both of us in the Continental, and away we went.”

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E.P. with Catherine Adamshock (Nick’s mamma) and a puppy, that is not Sweet Pea.


And as we drove home Elvis had a wonderful expression on his face and every now and then he would say, “I can hardly wait to tell Mamma and Daddy about the new furniture, and wait until they see the puppy.”

     It was dark by the time we pulled into the driveway and entered the house. Mrs. Presley was in the kitchen getting supper ready and as Elvis approached her he hid the puppy behind him. He kissed his mother on the cheek and said, “Look what I have for you Mamma,” as he handed her the puppy.

   Mrs. Presley’s pretty face lit up like a neon sign and she said, “Well if that isn’t the cutest little thing I ever laid eyes on.”

     And Elvis stood there and had the greatest smile you ever saw on anyone. Mr. Presley walked into the kitchen and said, “Well whatta you know. That’s the cutest little rascal I ever saw. Where did you get him son?”

     “I bought him for you and Mamma. He was the cutest puppy in the whole shop.” And with that Elvis reached over and petted the pup that was being held very lovingly by Mrs. Presley. It was a beautiful scene watching the three of them standing lovingly around the frightened, trembling little puppy. I couldn’t help but think how I wished that some of these conscience-less reporters and writers could only be there to see what Elvis and his family were really like so that they could see how wrong they were when they printed lies about Elvis and his family.

     “What do you think we should call him, Nick?” asked Mrs. Presley. And I suggested a few names and so did Mr. Presley and Elvis. Finally, Mrs. Presley said, “Golly, he’s so sweet looking and everything, I think we’ll just call him Sweet Pea, because he’s so tiny and sweet.” And that was the way Sweet Pea got his name.” (End of excerpt)

If you haven’t already read ELVIS AND GLADYS by Elaine Dundy, you may want to check it out. Elvis and Gladys by Elaine Dundy available on Amazon

As a tribute to Elvis and Gladys, I will be posting “Elvis and the Mississippi/Alabama Fair”an essay by Elaine Dundy from the new, expanded edition of The Rebel & The King on August 16, 2014. 

Elaine gives us beautiful insight into Elvis’ destiny and the stuff that miracles are made of!

Hope you are having a great Elvis Week!



What makes a legend?


Everybody wants to be a rock star. The pay is good, the sex, fame and fancy hotels, all point to a fabulous lifestyle. If you peek behind the curtain your apt to find regular Joe’s worrying how their hair looks. Something Elvis did a lot. But how does one reach those rarefied heights? Talent and style help. Nowadays, the music business spends as much time on image as sound, because we have become a fashion and visual oriented world. So how does one become a legend?


With Elvis Week approaching, I want to salute all the beautiful fans who keep the whole ball rolling. Elvis loved his fans and he spent hours signing autographs wherever he went, especially in the early days. I met so many wonderful and kind people while traveling the south during my Book launch that I want to share some of them with you.


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Elvis in the Hood


I have been gathering so many stories since I launched The Rebel & The King, that suddenly I’m an Elvis expert! Local fans were surprised by my stories about Elvis’ humble beginnings. Some they had never heard before.  The true gift was having my family and friends there to support me. Most of my engagements are out of town so familiar faces in the audience are rare. Thanks to everyone who showed up at the LMT screening and listened to my Elvis and Nick tales. Give me a microphone and away I go. I had a blast!

I thoroughly enjoyed Elvis in Love Me Tender, but such a sad ending! I don’t think dying in your first movie is a good idea. Call me a Hollywood baby but I’ll take a happy ending any day! Which reminds me of one of my favorite sayings “If there isn’t a happy ending, make one out of cookie dough.” Gluten- free advisable.

And for all you believers out there, I have a confession to make. The spirits of Nick and E.P. are alive and well. I almost choked up a couple of times from a loving, good natured presence I felt coming from beyond. You Never Walk Alone.

Thanks to Judi for latest press in Conejo Happening: http://conejovalley.happeningmag.com/film-91301-goes-scenes-love-tender/

And in case you missed this one: Allyson Adams takes nostalgic look back at friendship between Dad and Elvis. http://conejovalley.happeningmag.com/allyson-adams-takes-nostalgic-look-back-at-friendship-between-dad-nick-adams-and-elvis-presley/

Make sure you pick up a copy of the New, Expanded Edition of The Rebel & The King with MORE ELVIS! http://www.therebelandtheking.com or http://www.amazon.com/The-Rebel-King-Nick-Adams/dp/0615693105

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Author, Allyson Adams, of "The Rebel & The King".


Godzilla Dreams

Nick would be 83 years old today and the stories keep coming. I want to thank those of you from all over the world who tune into my blog! NickElvisAudubonNick and Elvis thank you too! Thanks to Robert Dye Jr. for photo of Nick and Elvis on Audubon Drive._invasion planete x15

My Dad was at the lowest part of his career while he was working in Japan on the Godzilla movies, yet everybody there loved him for his good humor and professionalism. Monster Zero and Frankenstein Conquers the World are now science fiction cult classics. I remember going to Japan as a little girl and have many fond memories. Yesterday I met Peter H. Brothers, author of “Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men” The fantastic cinema of Ishiro Honda, the great Japanese Godzilla creator. I learned that Ishiro Honda’s work was fueled by an anti-nuclear message due to the horrific bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peter has great respect for my father’s work in Monster Zero and Frankenstein Conquers the World and reminded me that my father spoke English during filming, while all the other actors spoke Japanese. They don’t call it “acting” for nothing.



My Dad had amazing chemistry with actress Kumi Mizuno and (according to her) he called her up every night during filming and proposed marriage! Kumi refused his advances. She must have known that Nick fell for all his leading ladies.

Papa was a rolling stone…

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A New Elvis Story in The Acorn


Elvis met Nick Adams on the back lot of 20th Century Fox when he came to Hollywood to do his first movie Love Me Tender. Behind me are the Santa Monica Mountains on the 20th Century Fox Ranch where Elvis shot Love Me Tender in August of 1956. My Dad writes about Elvis’ filming experience in the book, as well as a trip to Catalina with director Robert Webb. It’s a hoot!

(photo by Brian Rooney)

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