Sonny West 2005 Australian Tour Dates

By: Elvis Australia
Source: Judy Youngs
April 15, 2005

Sonny West will be arriving in Australia on May 2 for appearances at several venues. The Sydney dates have been announced. Tickets are $25 and the tour starts May 6 Campbelltown RSL Club. The dates for Melbourne will be added as venues are confirmed.

Win A Tip To Graceland - Patrons attending the shows will automatically enter the competition to win a Graceland and USA Trip for two. The competition will be drawn at the last show on 22nd May.

Friday May 6th
Campbelltown RSL Club Phone (02) 4625 1408 8 PM
Saturday May 7th
Chester Hill - Carramar  RSL Club Phone  9644 7922 8 PM

Sunday May 8th
Smithfield RSL Club Phone 9604 4411 8 PM

Friday May 13th
Belmont Sportsmans Club (Newcastle) Phone 49452811 8 PM
Saturday May 14th
Functions Centre Gold Coast Sharks (Gold Coast) Phone (07) 553 21155 8 PM
Sunday May 15th
Coffs Harbour Ex- Services Club Phone 66523888

Friday May 20th
Shellharbour Workers Club (South Coast) Phone (02) 4296 7155 8 PM
New - Saturday May 21st
Beverley Park Golf Club Phone 95873424

Sunday May 22nd
Seven Hills - Toongabbie RSL Club Phone  (02) 9622 2800  2  Big Shows
Marshall Terrill, co-author with Sonny West's for the proposed new book, "Still Taking Care of Business" says Sonny both defends and regrets his involvement regarding, "Elvis, What Happened?"
The idea for the book came as a result of Sonny West wanting to tell his story for the entire 16 years he was with Elvis, not just the last years when Elvis was in the grips of his addiction to prescription medicine.
He defends his stance that he was one of a handful of people who challenged Elvis to do something about his problem, and I think time has proven him correctly. He regrets that the book was written in a sensationalistic style and that his love for the man didn't come across as well as he would have liked. That's the reason for the second book, which we have been working on since 2002.

Second, the book is a little more than halfway finished. As the author of eight books, only once have I sold a book project prior to actually writing the entire manuscript. That was even true in the case of the book I did with Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield called "Sergeant Presley" and a book I did called "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel," which turned out to be a best-seller. That is also true of a book I recently finished on the life of basketball legend "Pistol" Pete Maravich. The book, which took me six years to write without a contract, will be published as well.

I have no doubt when we're finished "Still Taking Care of Business" that a major publisher will snap it up. That has simply been a trend in the publishing business for a long time and has become even more prevalent today.

I think once the book is finished everyone will find it not only refreshingly funny and poignant, but filled with great pictures, new anecdotes and a keen insight into Elvis. Best regards, Marshall Terrill
Sonny first saw Elvis at Humes High and later met him at the Rainbow Rollerdome where he was introduced by Red West, Sonny who had been working at the Ave Appliance Store in Memphis quit his job and went to work for Elvis taking care of Elvis' vehicles and lived in a converted apartment at Graceland.

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