My favorite Elvis Week piece so far is the Commercial Appeal’s “Memphis accordion virtuoso reveals close musical encounters with Elvis.” Yessir:
Barrasso was playing his accordion with his back to some winding stairs at that first Graceland party when he suddenly sensed Elvis was coming down the steps.
“I turned around. He was in a black Bolero tux, like a bullfighter tux. Black shiny boots. No shirt. A white silk ascot. A diamond stick pin that I promise would put your eyes out,” he said. “On his left shoulder was a chimpanzee dressed exactly like him.”
The chimpanzee was “Scatter,” who had recently been in a movie with Elvis.