New book "Baby, Let's Play House" explores the King of Rock 'n' Roll's love life.
- Carrie Seim, BettyConfidential.comHad he lived, Elvis would have had 75 candles on his hunk-a-hunk of birthday cake today. And there's still something about those eyes, those lips, those hips that we can't help falling in love with.
"Elvis the Pelvis" melted more hearts - and underthings - than anyone imagined. Alanna Nash's just-released book, Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him - its title aptly borrowed from Elvis' hit of the same name - moves to a rockin' beat. New girls slip between his satin sheets on nearly every page. It's adorned with armchair analysis of his creepily close relationship with his mama Gladys and his lifelong attempts to find a replacement for his stillborn twin. Combine all that with an absorbing snapshot section, and its 600+ pages will leave you all shook up.
But the book's most steamy revelations are Elvis' predilections in the bedroom. Here are just a few of the King of Rock 'n Roll's sex secrets, as revealed in Baby, Let's Play House:
Elvis frequently preferred foreplay to intercourse.
When he was just 19, girls began lining up outside Elvis' motel rooms. While he bragged of bedding many gals at once, "sometimes he was content with a pillow fight. Because he feared getting a girl pregnant… he held to dry-humping as long as he could, both he and the girl keeping their clothes on but getting the rush all the same."
Later, Nash speculates that if Priscilla and Elvis didn't exactly consummate their relationship before marriage (this point is up for debate), they "did not have full-out sex…because Elvis was content with the foreplay he preferred to intercourse."
Elvis liked finger sucking, strippers and nipples!
Upon meeting showgirl Gloria Pall in Vegas, writes Nash, "he proceeded to take Gloria's right hand and suck each of her fingers, rotating his tongue around them one by one." Gloria quipped, "Where did you learn to shake hands like that?"
Twenty-year-old Elvis also picked up moves from 17-year-old burlesque dancer Tura Satana: "Elvis was fascinated by the way Tura moved her body, the way she held the lubricated sailors as sexual hostages. He saw how she tantalized them…and how they lost their minds when she rolled her breasts around in his hands, spinning the little twirlers at the nipples."
Elvis was over the moon for underage girls.
Fourteen-year-old Priscilla wasn't the only teen girl to tickle his fancy - Elvis seemed unable to stop himself around young girls. According to the book, Elvis told his pal Joe Esposito about young Priscilla, "She's a beautiful girl. I wouldn't lay a hand on her. But to have her sit on your face!" He also loved the fact that 14-year-old 'Cilla was "young enough that I can train her any way I want."
Elvis met Kay Wheeler, the teenage president of his fan club, in 1956. Instead of shaking her hand, he felt her up and then quipped to a group of reporters, "Why buy the cow when you can milk it through the fence?"
Someone call child protective services!
Elvis was down with going down - as long as things were squeaky clean.
"He loved oral sex for himself," burlesque dancer Tura reveals, describing the way she meticulously bathed herself and him before any, ahem, activities: "He wasn't very aggressive for the female, but he would try if I wanted."
By the time 1974 rolled around and Elvis met 21-year-old Sheila Ryan in Vegas, he loved giving oral sex - as long as she didn't have any "natural odor."
"He would start at my ankles and then go up," she remembers in the book. "All of his shyness went right out the window. He made jokes, and he would come up and look me straight in the eye."
Elvis wasn't down with protection - or underwear.
Tura recounts that Elvis would only use the early withdrawal method of birth control, despite her warnings. The book also claims Elvis rarely wore underwear and that "Little Elvis" would come out to play on film sets when he was aroused during dance numbers.
Elvis WAS down with voyeurism and "adult entertainment."
According to the book, Elvis had an enormous mirror installed in a poolside cabana so he could watch female guests changing into their bathing suits. He also commissioned Alan Fortas to have soft porn films made for him, often starring girls wearing white cotton panties.
Elvis had a mating dance.
According to Sheila Ryan, "He did this little dance," before sex, because he was shy about intercourse. "It was the 'We're going to do it dance,' his little mating call."
Elvis was a superstar smoocher.
Sandy Ferra, who met Elvis when she was 14 and danced in a number of films, tells Nash, "I tell my husband he's the best husband, but Elvis was the best kisser."
And June Juanico, one of his early flings, describes meeting Elvis in 1955 after a show in Biloxi. She was 17. He was - according to June, as quoted in the book - a darn good kisser.
"Soft, full lips. Nothing too sloppy. Oh! It was just marvelous." Like many of the other women in Elvis' lives, June held a candle for him until the day he died. "In my heart, I always thought that Elvis and I would be together again, somewhere down the road."
Whether you think he was a hound dog or a puppy dog, it's hard not to keep dreaming about the King.
Would you have been seduced by Elvis?
Carrie Seim, Betty's L.A. Correspondent, is a writer and comedian keeping it real in L.A., New York and @ carrieseim.com.To read more from BettyConfidential: