Love me tender: the dark truth about Elvis's relationship with his mother

The only women he ever loved: Elvis Presley with his mother Gladys
The only women he ever loved: Elvis Presley with his mother Gladys Credit: Bettmann

In the 1957 film musical Loving You, Elvis Presley’s alter-ego, Deke Rivers, performs Got a Lot o’ Livin’ to Do in a coast-to-coast broadcast that will win over the hearts of the American nation, even those who once dismissed our hero as a juvenile delinquent.

Captured on film in the audience is Elvis’s real-life mother, Gladys. She sits at the end of a row, clapping along, never missing a beat. When Deke leaps from the stage, she almost rises from her seat, unable to contain her excitement, just like the thousands of girls who attended Elvis’s shows. She’s considerably overweight and appears older than her 44 years, but for those few moments on screen, she looks every inch the proud mother basking...

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