New Elvis book keeps The King's memory alive

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - He's the entertainer whose music legacy continues through books, movies and thousands of imitators. The King of Rock and Roll may not be playing sold out shows anymore, but one man says he has the next best thing.

It's pages take you back to the golden age of the king and when Elvis took the stage, Charles Stone was almost always close by.

"I was a young guy, I was 24," said Stone,"when I went to work with him I was a kid on the show."

Stone's new book, My Years with Elvis and the Colonel chronicle his 7 years as tour promoter of the rock and roll icon.

"Elvis did not know how big a star he was, he had no idea he was as big a star as he was," said Stone. The star's modest nature showed more than ever just 2 weeks into Stone's new job. "Elvis grabs my arm and stops me and says,'Who are you?' and I said well I'm Charles Stone and he said,'Well I'm Elvis Presley and shook my hand as if you don't know who he is."

Hundreds of photos, many taken by the author capture a rarely seen Elvis, all the way to his surprising death. "That was one of the saddest days of our life, none of us expected that," said Stone.

For decades Stone swore off the music biz until a familiar sound greeted his ears on a trip to Las Vegas. From jewelry to hair, Kraig Parker honors the king.

"If you didn't see Elvis this is as close as what it would have been for you or someone," said Stone.

"Elvis was kind of my idol growing up," said Parker."I got the chance to do it years ago at a party and everybody went nuts."

Now Stone takes Parker's Elvis tribute all over the world, showing The King is very much alive.

East Texans will have the chance to celebrate the life and music of Elvis in a two hour concert coming up. "The King Lives" featuring Kraig Parker and his tribute band are set to play Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview Friday January 7th.

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