Question: What does T.C.B. stand for?
Answer: The initials T.C.B. stand for Taking Care of Business, which is what Elvis Presley called his band. The letters appear a logo, or emblem, along with a lightning bolt. This emblem was used in several pieces of Elvis' custom jewelry including his famous T.C.B. ring and necklace.
Taking Care of Business was a mantra and a point of pride for Elvis Presley and his entourage, known as the Memphis Mafia.
The T.C.B. logo often is placed over a lightning bolt, which signifies Taking Care of Business in a Flash.
Elvis Presley returned to live performing in 1969 after a decade spent mostly making movies. His return came during the “68 Comeback Special,” when Elvis appeared
Along with back-up singers and other show members, the large backing band that would follow Elvis on his 1970s string of tours, including stints in Las Vegas, would become known as the TCB Band.
The members of The TCB Band included Glen D. Hardin on piano, James Burton on guitar, Ronnie Tutt on drums and Jerry Scheff on bass. These musicians were along for the ride with Elvis from his triumphant return to the stage in Las Vegas until his death at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977, just before they were set to go out on tour.
The Memphis Mafia was what some people might call Elvis’ “yes men,” but in reality many of them were friends from his high school days growing up in the Memphis projects as well as his days in the U.S. Army.
The media came up with the name “Memphis Mafia,” a group known to cruise the city wearing black suits and dark sunglasses. Some reports say Elvis liked the name, while others have said he wasn’t fond of the connection to the mafia.
Either way, the group adopted the T.C.B. as their symbol, something that’s even painted on the Lisa Marie airplane which is available for tours at Graceland today.
The song “Taking Care of Business” was written by Randy Bachman, who also sang the song. The song and Elvis’ use of the saying don’t appear to be connected. Elvis Presley reportedly loved the saying and called his backing group The TCB Band. Aretha Franklin also alluded to it in her cover of the song “Respect,” where she sang, “Take care, TCB.”
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Updated by Holly Whitfield July 2017