THE MEMPHIS MAFIA: Elvis and Vernon Presley, Charlie Hodge, Red and Sonny West, Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike, George Klein, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, Sam Thompson, Dick Grob and Georges Nichopolous (Dr. Nick).

THE MEMPHIS MAFIA: Elvis and Vernon Presley, Charlie Hodge, Red and Sonny West, Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike, George Klein, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, Sam Thompson, Dick Grob and Georges Nichopolous (Dr. Nick).

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Elvis Presley in Chicago - 1972, with Vernon, Red West, and other Memphis Mafia (bodyguards).

Elvis Presley in Chicago - 1972, with Vernon, Red West, and other Memphis Mafia (bodyguards).

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Elvis with Jim Brown on the movie set "Roustabout" with members of the Memphis Mafia - Billy Smith is far left. | "Elvis Was A Crazy Boss .... stories of the Memphis Mafia and stories from people who were with Elvis day and night. Everyone was fired by Elvis at some stage (although Jerry Schilling swears he was the only guy not to be fired). Elvis had a bad temper and in a rage would fire some or all of the guys, only to forget some hours later. On one such occasion in Los Angeles he fired…

Elvis with Jim Brown on the movie set "Roustabout" with members of the Memphis Mafia - Billy Smith is far left. | "Elvis Was A Crazy Boss .... stories of the Memphis Mafia and stories from people who were with Elvis day and night. Everyone was fired by Elvis at some stage (although Jerry Schilling swears he was the only guy not to be fired). Elvis had a bad temper and in a rage would fire some or all of the guys, only to forget some hours later. On one such occasion in Los Angeles he fired…

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Elvis with some of the Memphis Mafia bodyguards - Joe Esposito is next to Elvis

Elvis with some of the Memphis Mafia bodyguards - Joe Esposito is next to Elvis

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Lamar Fike was a member of the Memphis Mafia.. Lamar with Elvis on stage in a Vegas show. He worked lighting when E appeared on stage  took care of transportation.

Lamar Fike was a member of the Memphis Mafia.. Lamar with Elvis on stage in a Vegas show. He worked lighting when E appeared on stage took care of transportation.

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Marty Lacker and Elvis met in 1957. He came to work for Elvis as a member of the Memphis Mafia in 1961, and left in 1967. He was also a co-best man at Elvis' wedding.

Marty Lacker and Elvis met in 1957. He came to work for Elvis as a member of the Memphis Mafia in 1961, and left in 1967. He was also a co-best man at Elvis' wedding.

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Marty Lacker member of the Memphis Mafia, he had known Elvis for over 20 yrs. He was a classmate of Elvis and was Elvis' best man..

Marty Lacker member of the Memphis Mafia, he had known Elvis for over 20 yrs. He was a classmate of Elvis and was Elvis' best man..

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Sonny West spent many years on the road with Elvis. Elvis' was "Best Man" at Sonny's wedding 12/28/70 . When Elvis made movies in California Sonny joined him, and he regularly hung out with Elvis at Graceland. Through out the 1970's Sonny was always a part of Elvis' security team on concert tours. He also joined Elvis and fellow Memphis Mafia member, Jerry Schilling on December 21st 1970 at the White House; when Elvis met President Richard Nixon & received his Federal Narcotics Badge.

Sonny West spent many years on the road with Elvis. Elvis' was "Best Man" at Sonny's wedding 12/28/70 . When Elvis made movies in California Sonny joined him, and he regularly hung out with Elvis at Graceland. Through out the 1970's Sonny was always a part of Elvis' security team on concert tours. He also joined Elvis and fellow Memphis Mafia member, Jerry Schilling on December 21st 1970 at the White House; when Elvis met President Richard Nixon & received his Federal Narcotics Badge.

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Elvis - with the Memphis Mafia.. Joe and Red on the left side.

Elvis - with the Memphis Mafia.. Joe and Red on the left side.

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THE MEMPHIS MAFIA: In the 60s Elvis realized he was not forgotten and was mobbed everywhere he went which instigated the need for BODYGUARDS aka MEMPHIS MAFIA.

THE MEMPHIS MAFIA: In the 60s Elvis realized he was not forgotten and was mobbed everywhere he went which instigated the need for BODYGUARDS aka MEMPHIS MAFIA.

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