Exclusive Release of my Elvis Love Nest Photos and Interview
“So this is where Elvis lets it all hang out,” snorted my associate, checking out Elvis’ Palm Springs secret love nest. “I’m not kidding he parades around this pool a la carte, that’s why he planted all these bushes. Take some coloured photographs, Roger.” …and so I did and another and another.
But that all happened many years ago and the coloured slides had been filed away and forgotten, until I read that sixty years had passed since Elvis made his first recording in the now famous Sun Studios in Memphis. The BBC jumped on the anniversary and went to town digging up all the old footage of the first King of Pop and I rummage thru my files and dug up the old coloured slides and sent them to Laura Elvin, news reporter at the South West News Service in Bristol.
A few days later they sent David armed with a truckload of TV equipment to interview me about – Elvis Presley’s Secret Love Nest in Palm Springs.
Sitting back in my favourite armchair I stared into the camera lens only a few feet away remembering I recently had a “nose job” and jokingly informed Mister DeMille I wasn’t ready for my close up. Now the joke was on me.
“So, Roger, tell us about Elvis parading around his pool with nothing on?” was David’s first question. Wow! If that was David’s first salvo, what in the Sam hell was he saving for the last, the headline grabber? I shuddered to think. After truthfully answering David’s opening bombshell, I was very glad the notorious Elvis Mafia and his overpowering manager, Colonel Parker were no longer around to re-arrange my recent nose job and I became a little more relaxed.
Here’s the story behind the pictures. A friend and I were Real Estate agents in Palm Springs with the keys to Elvis Presley’s secret hideaway. Our instructions were to take a quick look around and remove any evidence of orgiastic activity, but the little two bedroom white stucco house with the kidney shaped swimming pool was immaculate. Elvis’ king-size bed was made up. The black silk sheets all neatly in place and even the black pillows were all puffed up ready for Elvis to rest his weary head. A shiny new television set had replaced the previous one that had been used for target practice. It was apparently Elvis’ habit to turn off any program he didn’t like, by popping a few bullets thru the screen. The TV sellers in Palm Springs didn’t mind, business was quite brisk when the King was in town. In the dining room the huge table was set for dinner with sparkling crystal glasses for each guest, although it’s doubtful Elvis was so formal, probably preferring hot dogs and burgers on the patio barbeque while letting it all hang out.
I would have preferred to talk about my other adventures, written up in my book Cuban Trader or the sex, murder and blackmail in That’s Hollywood, but David preferred to question me about Elvis and his secret love nest in Palm Springs… YES, there were pix of Elvis all around the place. NO, there were no pix of him in the nude. Yes, there were two juke boxes stacked with his gold records. YES. There was a secluded heated swimming pool. NO, I didn’t know who slept in the second bedroom. YES, I did take a souvenir of my visit; a wine glass with E.P. etched into the crystal and gave it to my friend Cindy.
Finally David asked me a few questions about having lunch with Elvis at MGM where he made all his films. YES,I was invited many times, and dutifully wrote up a glowing report, albeit censored by the Colonel. YES he was a good host. Yes the food was good and YES he gave me a signed LP from his latest film. NO, I was never invited to his orgiastic parties.
So, what did I think of Elvis’ secret love nest in Palm Springs?
For a secret love nest it was well planned. The perfect place for a wild weekend. Heavy duty double beds, a well-stocked bar, and two juke boxes stacked with Elvis recordings. Outside the patio and kidney shaped pool were hidden from the nosey neighbours by tall Palm Trees and evergreen bushes. What more did anyone want? Maybe a few gallons of sun tan lotion and a tiny camera to take pix when Elvis wasn’t looking!!!!
The article and full collection of pix can be seen at Metro.co.uk and the interview can be seen on YouTube.
And any news outlets who pick it up…
Well, That’s Hollywood!