Elvis pals deny claims of secret London trip

May 2nd, 2008 - 4:26 pm ICT by admin  

London , May 2 (ANI): Two of the members of Elvis Presleys inner circle of friends nicknamed the “Memphis Mafia”, have denied claims that the legendary singer made a secret visit to London .

Lamar Fike and Marty Lacker have insisted that Presley never travelled to England .

Recently, veteran rock star Tommy Steele conceded that when Presley was in the US army, he took The King on a secret tour of London .

However, these claims are countered by Fike, who was in the forces with the star. He said that though Elvis did visit Paris and Munich during his 18 months in Germany , he never went to England except when once his aeroplane stopped at Prestwick Airport , near Glasgow , to refuel on his way back to the US in 1960.

“My apologies to Tommy, but it did not happen. I was with him the whole time. I got there two days after he got there. He was confined to base. Had he gone to England , I’d have been there, BBC quoted him, as telling the BBC News website.

From what theatre producer Bill Kenwright told a BBC radio show, Presley flew into London for a day “when he was in the forces” and Steele showed him landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament.

In fact, Steele told the Daily Mail newspaper that he “swore never to divulge publicly” what took place and “regrets” that news leaked out.

He added: “I can only hope he [Presley] can forgive me,” he said.

“It was an event shared by two young men sharing the same love of their music and the same thrill of achieving something unimaginable.”

Presley joined the US Army in March 1958, and was stationed in Friedberg and met Fike through record pioneer Sam Phillips in 1954. (ANI)

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