ELVIS PRESLEY had a special relationship with one woman at the beginning of his career, someone who vowed never to “tell his secrets” and would stay up with him “all night” when he needed it. Judy Spreckels tells all about her unique relationship with the King of Rock and Roll.
Elvis Presley had many relationships with a plethora of women throughout his life. Priscilla Presley was the most famous and best-known companion of the King as she became his wife and mothered his only child, Lisa Marie Presley – but she was not the first. Long before Elvis has met his future spouse, the star mainly hung out with the Memphis Mafia – his entourage made up of close friends, some family, and those who worked for him. Included in that group was Judy, a woman he serendipitously met in 1956.
Judy, an heiress who had a ranch in Las Vegas, fondly recalled meeting the star when he was just 21-years-old while she was living in a hotel where he was staying. She remembered: “I was sitting at a writing desk in the lobby writing a letter and he just came up to me and started talking. How could you not know who he was even then? I was friendly and told him I loved his record, Heartbreak Hotel.”
For one reason or another, they remained friends for years, and rarely went a day without hanging out. And it sounds like things got quite serious between them.
Elvis Presley’s friend Judy Spreckels spoke out about their relationship (Image: GETTY)
Judy Spreckels knew the star for his entire life (Image: GETTY)
Judy explained how she was a confidant for Elvis during his early years of fame. She revealed: “He told me secrets that I never told and will never tell. I had nothing to do with being a yes man for him and obviously he trusted me. Anything he told me was not going to go to any publication. I am the only person who was around Elvis who was a writer and didn’t write a book. I felt secrets were secrets.” (Via Elvis Australia)
The inseparable pair even got up to no good together when they ventured out into the desert.
Judy said: “He loved the fact that I had a light blue Cadillac and he bought the same car for his mother in pink. One day we drove my car out into the desert and his cousin came with us. Elvis drove that car as fast as it could go and I was in the front seat whooping and screaming and laughing. His cousin was on the floor in the back he was so scared.” The heiress added: “But I’d been a stunt player in the movies and Elvis couldn’t go fast enough to scare me.”
Although the pair were thrill-seekers, Elvis and Judy also enjoyed some quieter moments.
Judy remembered going to Graceland for the first time where she and Elvis shared a wonderful night together. She divulged: “We stayed up all night listening to Elvis singing and playing the piano. He liked to sing hymns. I didn’t know any hymns but I do now. He introduced me to Amazing Grace.”
Judy also spoke about a portrait she drew of Elvis, which he went on to inscribe with an extremely personal message.
Elvis wrote on the picture: “To Judy Spreckels, I love you, baby. Elvis Presley.” She noted: “We loved each other, as it says on my picture. But it was just a really terrific friendship.”
She also said of his life: “Girls come and go, but sisters stay forever. This sister lasted forever. We were friends till the day he died.”