Elvis Presley Acted Like a ‘Spoiled Kid’ on His 41st Birthday: ‘It Was a Nightmare’

<p id=”par-1_53″><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/elvis-presley/”>Elvis Presley</a> spent his 41st birthday upset with <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/elvis-entourage-realized-life-singer-weird-talked-normal-people.html/”>his entourage</a>. He took his group of friends and employees to Colorado for a ski trip and spent much of their time together in a miserable mood. After a disappointing birthday celebration, he scolded his friends. One bodyguard said he behaved like a spoiled child.</p>

<h2 id=”h-elvis-presley-spent-1-birthday-terrorizing-his-entourage”>Elvis Presley spent 1 birthday terrorizing his entourage</h2>

<p id=”par-2_27″>After a draining run of performances, Elvis brought his entourage to Colorado for what everyone hoped would be a relaxing vacation. Instead, the trip was incredibly stressful.</p>

<p id=”par-3_38″>“He took us to Vail, Colorado, for what he said was going to be a dream vacation,” bodyguard Sonny West said in the book <em><a href=”https://www.amazon.com/Elvis-What-Happened-Steve-Dunleavy/dp/0345272153″ target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Elvis: What Happened?</a></em> by Steve Dunleavy. “Well, it was a nightmare. He was heavy into pills.”</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-1″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”957″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-entourage.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”A black and white picture of Billy Smith, Bill Morris, Lamar Fike, Jerry Schilling, Roy Nixon, Vernon Presley, Charlie Hodge, Sonny West, George Klein, Marty Lacker, Dr. George Nichopoulos, Red West gathered around Elvis, who sits in the center.” class=”wp-image-3607467″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-entourage.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-entourage.jpg?w=627&h=500 627w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-entourage.jpg?w=768&h=612 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-entourage.jpg?w=1024&h=817 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-entourage.jpg?w=439&h=350 439w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-entourage.jpg?w=212&h=169 212w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-entourage.jpg?w=200&h=160 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-entourage.jpg?w=636&h=507 636w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-entourage.jpg?w=75&h=60 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>(L-R, standing) Billy Smith, former sheriff Bill Morris, Lamar Fike, Jerry Schilling, Sheriff Roy Nixon, Vernon Presley, Charlie Hodge, Sonny West, George Klein, Marty Lacker. (L-R, front) Dr. George Nichopoulos, Red West | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-4_25″>Elvis stayed in separate accommodations from his entourage. As a result, they weren’t there when he had his birthday cake, which Elvis did not appreciate.</p>

<p id=”par-5_75″>“On January 8, it was his birthday,” West said. “We drove up to Vail in a bus and we congratulated him on his forty-first birthday that night. Well, Linda [Thompson] got a cake, but we were staying in another condominium, so we didn’t know she was going to present it to him. Well, she did and he called a big meeting complaining about none of the bodyguards being there. He was like a spoiled kid.”</p>

<h2>Elvis Presley spent his birthday recounting the plot of a movie</h2>

<p id=”par-6_31″>His bodyguards didn’t miss much. The people who were present for cake — Thompson, Jerry Schilling, and Myrna Smith — said Elvis spent hours <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/elvis-presley-gave-1-best-acting-performances-friend-mistake-admitting-seen-favorite-film.html/”>recounting the plot</a> of his favorite movie <em>Across 110th Street</em>.</p>

<p id=”par-7_38″>“I made the mistake of saying [I hadn’t seen it], and he told me the entire story, acted out every role, recited practically every line,” Smith said, per the book <em><a href=”https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/careless-love-peter-guralnick/1101355819″ target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley</a></em> by Peter Guralnick.</p>

<p id=”par-8_11″>At the very least, they agreed that Elvis’ performance was good.</p>

<h2>He eventually realized he pushed at least one friend too far</h2>

<p id=”par-9_48″>Elvis caused further drama on the trip when he asked to switch rooms with Schilling. He woke Schilling up in the middle of the night and told him he wanted to switch. An exhausted Schilling gave Elvis the larger bedroom, but he refused to leave the condo altogether.</p>

<p id=”par-10_87″>“He said he was coming over, so I moved into the small bedroom to give him the master bedroom,” Schilling said. “When he showed up with Billy and Red, he was just totally wired. He said, ‘I thought I told you I wanted to move back into the house.’ I said, ‘Jesus, I’ve been working to find a place for three days straight. I need to get some sleep.’ He said, ‘You do?’ I was really getting mad now, but he was like someone I didn’t know.”</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-2″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”942″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-big-headed.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”A black and white picture of Elvis wearing sunglasses and holding a microphone to his mouth.” class=”wp-image-3616760″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-big-headed.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-big-headed.jpg?w=637&h=500 637w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-big-headed.jpg?w=768&h=603 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-big-headed.jpg?w=1024&h=804 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-big-headed.jpg?w=446&h=350 446w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-big-headed.jpg?w=215&h=169 215w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-big-headed.jpg?w=200&h=157 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-big-headed.jpg?w=646&h=507 646w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elvis-big-headed.jpg?w=76&h=60 76w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Elvis Presley | RB/Redferns</figcaption></figure>

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<p id=”par-11_29″>While Elvis was initially angry that Schilling didn’t follow his orders, he eventually realized he’d <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/elvis-voice-shaking-realized-pushed-friend-far-antics.html/”>pushed his friend too far</a>. Schilling told Elvis he would leave Colorado the following morning.</p>

<p id=”par-12_30″>“He said, ‘Well, I said you could stay,’” Schilling recalled. “His voice was shaking. He knew he had pushed me too far. I said, ‘No, I’m leaving. I’m going home.’”</p>

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