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Hello and welcome to Elvis the Ultimate Fan channel. Before we dive into this week's episode, I'd like to remind you to join me live every Wednesday and Sunday for my YouTube live stream shows. Let me have Elvis fan shots, an Elvis fan of the month. Quiz with monthly prizes up for grabs. And I pick my Elvis song of the week in the first part of my interview with actor. Nick Adams, his daughter Allison, she spoke about finding a manuscript. He had written about his friendship with Elvis Presley that began in the summer of 1956. In this. Second episode Alison tells me about their continuing friendship during the 1960's. The truth about Elvis on Natalie Wood and Elvis reaction to her father's death. Just 36 years old. So just to pick up where we were, we were saying about Nick's movies, tell me about Twilight of Honor.
Well Twilight of Honor was the movie with Richard, Chamberlain and Joey Heatherton and my father had a supporting role in it about a murderer on death row and so my father who is very much up a public-relations man. As far as an actor he was great at t r. I mean he would deliver a press release on Horseback and His Rebel. You too far down Wilshire Boulevard just for publicity and so he kind of wants the whole campaign to get nominated for the Academy Award, which they didn't do as much back then is hate you now, now they really Lobby and The Story Goes that my father had this big huge Chatham e award party and then he he drank too much beforehand cuz he was too nervous and passed out and touch room with all the men.
Coats and Rodger Smith and Doug McClure and they had to break in and get my dad in the shower. And my father, and my mom were the first ones at the Academy Awards. And my father was there practicing running up and down the aisles to accept his Academy Award. My mother said she never. So embarrassed, and then he lost. And what happened was that when the movie came out, my dad does all this lobbying to get nominated. But when the movie came out, a lot of his part was cut. And so I think people in the industry or whatever felt a little duped, that's what you say. Bernstein told me. He said that that was one of the reasons why my father had a hard time finding work after his Academy Award nomination, people were mad at him and that's when he started. That's when he
Japan and made the Godzilla movies. I just did a podcast interview couple weeks ago for in Japan for the whole Godzilla universe and you know, that that was considered the low point of my father's career when he was making me sci-fi b-movies in Japan. But then they ended up becoming cult classic the world. A monster. I envisioned of astro-monster admission Mars, but as you say that they were, they were at the time they were couldn't they were considered low budget b-movies but they, they have become cult classics. Yes.
And he be so surprised. I think you'd love that. I think it's ironic to and I travel my family, we went with him when he shot one of the Japanese movies and 1965 and I have very Vivid memories of Japan and being there. It was it was wonderful. Getting Elvis was getting ready for his back in 1968, they were in touch again and talkin and we're going to plan on jogging and getting in shape together and I found this out from a close friend of Elvis's name, Wanda. And she sent me a quite a long detailed email. Telling me about how upset Elvis was when he heard that, my father had died and
You know Elvis was slapping his leg and saying those bastards killed them. Those bastards killed them and Elvis. Really. Felt that there was some foul play with my father's death because he said he and my father had discussed a medication. That my father was taking and that he knew proud of high. He knew that he could not take too much of it and Elvis was very suspicious because of the amount that was found in my father's system and that it would kill you instantly. But yet there was nothing in the Medicine Chest. There was no sign of it. He was sitting up, he had a tape recorder so Elvis which she knew the police in Bel Air.
And eat all his buddies to try and find out more about what happened to my dad. But like everybody that try to investigate it, they were told just leave it alone. Leave it alone. So
I still don't really know what happened. I have my my suspicions with your father's death certificate.
Well yes, the death certificate was changed first. They said
It was overdose overdose suicide and then under undetermined. So and so they decided it was accidental but what the media and sort of the myth is everybody thinks that my dad killed himself but I do believe that he did kill himself because one of the reasons why all this was so upset, she was like she said, Nick would never kill himself. Fortunately the fact that it was too young lives, cut short, your dad was how old was your dad, when he died with an Elvis at Elvis was 42? Can you, can you tell me about finding out about Elvis dying?
Well, I I was like, I said, I really wasn't part of the Elvis world or a huge Elvis fan before I found the book was sort of, like, before my time and I discovered Elvis basically when I found the manuscript and then I just fell in love with them. And so, it was much later that I kind of came to the Elvis World. Obviously, you remember hearing on the news or somebody telling you that Elvis Presley was dead. I do I do. And I remember always thinking about Lisa Marie, I sort of felt this kinship with her. I mean, I've I've never met her or anything but I I know what it's like we're about the same age. I know what it's like when you find out that night that your father has died. It's
It just stays with you forever and I've always thought about how hard that must have been for her cuz she was only, she was only one time.
Yeah, and I was eight. So yeah, it's like the same same age when we looked lost our fathers.
Well it's it's it's been absolutely fascinating talkin to. You really has obviously with me being a huge Elvis, Presley fan, I've knowed about Nick Adams all my life just to buy. I remember reading about them being together. During the 1956 Isn't So 413. Loads of pictures of your father with Elvis and Natalie Wood. It just strikes me that it was. It was almost like a Summer of Love That Summer of 1956. Were the three of them were just piling around and I just having a great time.
And people thought that Elvis and Natalie were dating, they won't burnt. And then, you know, Natalie did come to Memphis, but she didn't stay long. It's
She thought she wasn't exciting enough for her to be a boyfriend. You know, Natalie was a wild child and I mean eat, like you have a good time but, you know, he didn't drink and smoke. You didn't sing. I mean, my dad said he would play Mahalia. Jackson You'll Never Walk Alone over and over. He would find a singer that he loves and he would play it over and over and listen how they how they saying and how they did it. He was obsessed with music, I'm not was his life, maybe not till he was more Hollywood and more Memphis.
Your father is going down in the book is saying absolutely love Memphis and he loved them. The people of Memphis. He liked it just and he also said that no matter where him and Elvis went, they always heard people saying Yoji, he's such a nice guy. Can you believe how nice he is?
That's true. That's true. And it was when my father win to Memphis in Tupelo 1956. That he really fell in. Love with the South. He had never been there before. And I think that that was part of what when Andy fenity came up with the idea for the rebel? Which is takes place after the Civil War and my father plays, a disillusioned confederate soldier, probably understand and help people. And he loved the South and he loved, he loved history. And
That's why he named my brother and I gave us our names, Allison, Lee Adams, and JEB. Stuart Adams are named after Confederate soldiers, but it's not very popular to say now, but it was a different time back then.
Is there anything else you'd like to add before we rounded up her mentioning the book and so forth and where we where we can get the book?
Oh, I'm just so glad. They're still people interested in the story. I'm happy that it's out there, and people can learn more about the Elvis. That's lot of people's books, nowadays or sort of about the
You know the later years and more juicy salacious kind of stuff and in this book is really about a feel good just to feel good book about Elvis. It's doesn't have any stocking details to your arm before the curtain, finally came down on the myth and all the sort of hype and exaggerations and, you know, people just trying to pull into pieces in his been the last few years of his life. But this is like you said earlier on it's it's like at the End of Innocence. That's what it is. That the last sort of 1956 summer before, it's just really unbelievably, his pain was just you just consume them after right. 1957, I think anyway.
It did. And then he went into the army and then the death of his mother. I don't think he ever got over that. I just don't. And my father flew to Memphis, the heat. That Gladys passed away to be with Elvis. And I'm trying to remember, I think it was red West now that told me that that my dad like slept on the floor next to Elvis just so he wouldn't be alone. I mean that's how good of friends they were. And one thing I do want to add is that my father got a lot of flack for being close with Elvis and as well as being friends with James Dean and but they really were true friends. And but a lot of things out, a lot of flak and I think the colonel didn't want Nick and Nellis in public together anymore.
I'm so, my father was a snake, he would still fly to Memphis. He told the Press, he was going to New York for an audition or something and then he fly to Memphis in and hang out with Elvis. So they're their friendship did continue. But sometimes they had to just started do it under the radar that they were just, you know, friends and having a great time. They always the people that were trying to think there was an ulterior motive for Nick befriending, Elvis or Elvis befriended Nick, but they would just house. It was just great friends.
La work, great, friends, and all the rumors and all that stuff is like are you kidding my dad and they were they were horndogs. They liked women say they had a good time. Yeah, right way. I mean, mean-spirited. People who would try to say that there was a relationship going on between Elvis and your father, you see, that's just another thing that people just try and twist and invent a lot of. It just comes from jealousy.
I think so. I mean, that was this the first beginning of the book when my dad is defending Elvis and he said it's just the green-eyed monster of jealousy but it's too bad because he really did pay a price. And the other thing is that
You know, elves, my dad. I mean they were they wanted to be famous, they wanted to be Starry, stay, I mean, whether they used each other as far as yeah. My father wanted to get a leg up, but at the same time he was very respectful of when people were interviewing him when he was with Elvis and they'd ask him about him and he say, look on your support Elvis. This isn't about me. So, I think that he was very respectful of his friendships and the King full word by Allison. Adam Adams is available as far as I know. It's still in print and it's available on Amazon.
Yes, there's an Expanded Edition now too, I did a second edition and it's called the Expanded Edition more Elvis and it has about 32 more pics than the original book and it also has a s. I a s a by Roy Turner who is the eldest Premier historian as well as Marilyn Monroe and he writes a lovely. I'm a say in the beginning as well as a story by Elaine Dundee who writes a story about how Elvis was sort of like the ugly duckling, I love that story. That's the one that eyesore on Amazon, when I was just researching for this interview, so it's the expanded version, you really want to get because that's the, that's the best.
Yes. Okay, it's been absolutely fascinating talkin to you. I've enjoyed I've enjoyed very much baking to you. And thank you very, very much for joining me on the show and sharing the sharing this with the, with the listeners. You're welcome. I'm happy. I hope I can shed some new stories on Elvis because there's a lot out there, but I hope I gave you some new things to know about him and his wife. And then I got a great kick out of it. I appreciate that. Thanks self-publish. Did I know there's a few mistakes. It's not perfect, but I just wanted to get it out there for the fans. Every bit of a mistake in it. They always say that.
Show the original manuscript in it, I printed Xerox, the whole manuscript, the book that the expanded version is a bit edited and the first edition if you're interested in reading that you can find it on Amazon and you can buy it through other Sellers and thank you Steve. So much for reaching out and asking me to do this. So I hope we can keep in touch.
Thanks once again to Allison for sharing her stories of Elvis and Nixon friendship with his. I really enjoyed speaking with her and I hope you the listeners, enjoyed it. Also the book, The Rebel, and the King by Nick, Adams for the forward by Allison is available on Amazon, and I provided a link in the description box below. Don't forget to join me live on YouTube, every Wednesday and Sunday, for Elvis fan chat, the Elvis fan of the month, quiz with a monthly price to be one for the most correct answers. And find out what song I have chosen as Elvis's song of the week until then stay safe and I hope you'll join me. Next time for another episode from Elvis, the Ultimate Fan Channel,