In 1955, the teenage June Juanico was persuaded by a friend to go and see an up-and-coming singer called Elvis Presley perform in Biloxi, Mississippi. June soon caught his eye, but after one wonderful evening together, a combination of bad luck and the demands of Elvis's touring conspired to keep them apart until May 1956, when they met up again. ...
In 1955, the teenage June Juanico was persuaded by a friend to go and see an up-and-coming singer called Elvis Presley perform in Biloxi, Mississippi. June soon caught his eye, but after one wonderful evening together, a combination of bad luck and the demands of Elvis's touring conspired to keep them apart until May 1956, when they met up again. It was the start of an idyllic summer together, during which June fell in love, toured with Elvis in Florida and had to come to terms with dating the hottest property around. With an introduction by Presley's biographer, Peter Guralnick, and featuring many previously unpublished photographs, this is June's own account of that magical time. A bittersweet love story moulded by innocence and fame, the memoir provides a new insight into the man who would be King.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-07-07 On the 20th anniversary of the King's death, after sordid memoirs almost too numerous to count, comes this refreshingly sweet story of a young, innocent, talented and devastatingly handsome Elvis and his first girlfriend, Juanico. They met in 1955, both still in their teens, when he was "virtually unknown" and, for Juanico, "trying not to fall in love with Elvis was next to impossible." Two well-mannered Southern youngsters, the pair spent their limited time together visiting amusement parks, riding motorcycles and playing with firecrackers. Juanico accompanied Elvis on tour, a rock-band road trip that seems amazingly tame today. The rocker whom Juanico knew and loved was a gentleman, a loving son. He never used drugs and "his strongest drink was a Coke." But as his fame grew, so did the inevitable stresses of wild fans and lack of privacy, as well as increasing control by Colonel Tom Parker, his manager. "There was never any love lost between me and Colonel Tom," Juanico asserts, as she describes Parker's pressure on Elvis to stop seeing her. By 1957, tired of waiting for the phone to ring and of reading about Elvis's other women in the newspapers, Juanico started dating someone else and became engaged. This remarkably detailed memoir contains no venom and no shocking revelations; there are no claims of having his secret love child or even of having sex with the King. Instead, readers are taken back to the earliest, halcyon days of the babyboomers' collective memories. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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