Don Rickles talks about Elvis Presley
Source: Don Rickles Autobiography
April 8, 2016 - 6:59:16 PM
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When he was playing the Hilton, everyone was happy because business trickled down from this show to everywhere else. I'd only met him in passing, but people kept saying he was a big fan of mine.
I was flattered but never really believed it. Then, one night, when I'm on stage at the Sahara, there he is, with his girlfriend, Linda Thompson, and they are heading for the stage. The audience goes nuts, and all I can say is 'Elvis it's great to see you. Looks like you got enough gold around your neck to sink the Titanic. 'He laughs and his eyes tell me he's feeling no pain. 'Mr. Rickles' he says, 'I have a poem I'd like to read in your honor '. And I said, 'Thank you, Elvis. I really appreciate it. Please do' The poem is flowery and no one knows what it's about, so when he's through I say: 'Elvis, we love you. You're a genius and a gentleman for gracing my stage. Now, do me a favor, take your chain, belt and cape and go home.' LOL.
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