When the Queen calls, you answer. But, technically, not if you’re Elvis Presley‘s manager. Apparently, in 1962, Queen Elizabeth II invited Elvis Presley to join the Royal Variety Show. A representative called Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who immediately refused the invitation.
Parker, born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk in the Netherlands, had emigrated to the U.S. illegally when he was 20 years old. For the rest of his life, he lived illegally in the United States, and wouldn’t risk leaving the country. Not even for Elvis Presley. Because of his manager’s fear of not being able to return to the U.S., Elvis never had a world tour. Even then, Parker still managed to make him a star.
There are rumors that Elvis did spend at least one night in London with UK singer Tommy Steele, riding around town in a car with the windows blacked out.
According to producer Bill Kenright, who worked with Steele often, Elvis called Steele one night in 1958 and said, “I heard you’re good.” Steele was shocked that Elvis Presley was on the phone with him, exclaiming, “Get outta here.” Elvis said, “Are you as good as me?” and, according to Kenright, they “started this mock rivalry.”
Steele and Presley drove all around London in one night that Steele was sworn to keep a secret. He only ever made one comment about it, decades later, saying, “It was an event shared by two young men sharing the same love of their music and the same thrill of achieving something unimaginable.”
Elvis Presley’s Alien Encounters
So, Elvis didn’t meet the Queen, but, apparently, he did meet aliens. According to the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, there was a bright light over Elvis’ family home during his birth. Allegedly, his father and mother’s doctor confirmed seeing the light at the time.
He also had an experience at 8-years-old; Elvis confided in his spiritual adviser and hairstylist Larry Gellar years later that he had seen a vision of “a man wearing a white suit singing to a crowd” when he was a child. Sounds eerily similar to his white 1972 Madison Square Garden getup.
Elvis also had a habit of seeing lights in the sky when he was driving through the desert. Which is really where UFOs tend to like to congregate, apparently. After so many miles of long stretches of desert, the eyes start to play tricks; but Elvis was adamant that he had UFO experiences.
Maybe it’s true what they say, that Elvis is still alive and he’s just riding around in a UFO with aliens somewhere in space. From a secret trip to London to a secret trip in a UFO, it would certainly be a fitting bookend for the King.