Question: Did Elvis Presley Have Brothers or Sisters?
Answer: Elvis had an identical twin brother, Jesse Garon, that died at birth. Elvis had no other siblings and grew up as an only child.
Elvis was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi to parents Gladys and Vernon Presley. This identical twin brother was a stillborn. After that, his parents never had any more children.
Not quite a year after Gladys Presley's (Elvis' mother) death, however, Vernon Presley (Elvis' father) was remarried to a woman named Davada "Dee" Stanley.
Dee had three sons from her first marriage. Elvis was considerably older than the three Stanley boys and became something of a father-figure to these stepbrothers. In later years, Bill, David, and Rick Stanley became part of the "Memphis Mafia," acting as aides and confidants to Elvis.
In 2016, David Stanley published a memoir, My Brother Elvis: The Final Years that describes his time growing up with Elvis, serving as the singer's bodyguard, and goes into great detail into David's account of Elvis' drug usage and death. Another one of the stepbrothers, Rick Stanley, is a former drug addict and traveling evangelist minister. Bill Stanley, the eldest stepbrother was working on a documentary about his time with Elvis called A Ride To Remember in 2010, but it appears to never have been released.
It is also worth noting that a woman has come forward claiming to be the illegitimate child of Vernon Presley.
This would, of course, make her Elvis' half-sister. While a number of people over the years have claimed to be related to Elvis in some fashion, few have provided as much evidence as Eliza Presley. Eliza had her DNA compared to that of one of Elvis' paternal cousins. and the lab results indicated kinship.
She further had her DNA compared to that of a man claiming to be Elvis, himself. Those results showed that she was that man's half-sister. A Cleveland news station did further testing which verified the original results. Although this is not definitive proof, it is compelling enough to warrant further exploration.
The only confirmed biological sibling of Elvis Presley is then, of course, his twin brother Jesse Garon. Today, fans of Elvis can make a pilgrimage to Graceland in Memphis. In the Meditation Garden they will find Elvis' gravesite next to his parents, his grandmother, as well as a memorial for Jesse Garon.
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