September 21, 1995, Hollywood. Jimmy Velvet, the original “Blue Velvet,” is auctioning off the motherload of Elvis Presley memorabilia, and he has stories to tell. One of his favorites? How “Little House on the Prairie” icon Michael Landon and the King spent their Sundays together.
Velvet himself was a close friend of Presley’s. The two met at a Hank Snow concert in 1955, just before Elvis Mania swept the country – then the world. After that Jacksonville, Florida show, Velvet and Presley spoke for a few hours at the Gator Bowl. The day would lead to a life-long friendship for Elvis Presley, and would turn Jimmy Velvet into a soul who viewed The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll as “eternal.”
To this end, Velvet erected multiple Elvis Presley museums in his friend’s honor after his death in 1977. For the rest of his life, the singer would showcase, auction, and own as much Elvis memorabilia as he could muster.
“The Rolls-Royce, I love that piece,” Velvet tells the Chicago Tribune in ’95.
“I don’t care if it sells,” he quips, in love with the classic white Silver Cloud III. The remarkable car has a hell of a story, one that spans the lives of multiple legends, including Elvis Presley and another of his long-time friends, “Little House on the Prairie” icon Michael Landon.
From ‘Little House on the Prairie’ to Football with Elvis Presley
“It was originally Michael Landon’s car,” Velvet states outright. “He had it for four years. Then Elvis bought it from him at a football game–they used to play football every Sunday together.”
According to The Hollywood Garage, Elvis bought the Silver Cloud III from Landon around 1970. The two would play pickup games of football nearly every Sunday they could muster together. In fact, the two became quite close while Elvis was spending more time at his home in Beverly Hills.
There, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll would organize touch football games Sundays at De Neve Square Park in Holmby Hills. During one of these games, this gorgeous white beauty caught the eye of Elvis Presley – and it became his.
“Elvis kept it for seven years, then gave it to Charlie Rich. Charlie sold it to a doctor, who sold it to Charly McLain, the country singer who married a soap-opera star,” Velvet continues of the iconic vehicle, clearly in his element.
“I think there’s a little bit of Elvis in all of us,” he tells Chicago Tribune plain. “He didn’t find a cure for cancer, he didn’t perform heart surgery. But he did a very important thing: He brought happiness to a lot of working people’s lives.”