Elvis Aaron Presley, Jr. is a riveting performer with a rare
capability to establish a very special rapport with his audience. His
incredible singing voice, naturally reminiscent of "The King", and fine
sense of humor has thrilled audiences worldwide. Currently guided by the
dynamic management team of Milt Suchin and Don Podolor along with consultant
/ movie producer Anthony Cardoza, Jr. has been represented by several
prominent managers over the years. This included a thirteen year association
with the late Seymour Heller, who was also Liberace's long-time manager and
close friend of Colonel Tom Parker. Mr. Presley, Jr has appeared in 18
countries and 6 islands. A gifted linguist, Jr. has surprised many crowds by
serenading them in their native tongue. Performing for both private and
ticketed events, he has appeared in venues ranging from nite clubs and
theatres to concert halls and arenas as well as amusement parks and casinos.
Accompanying him has been some of the U.S.'s best musical conductors
including Bobby Morris (who was also Elvis Sr.'s musical conductor as well
as Barbra Streisand's and many others) and Larry White (who has conducted
for the likes of Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton and Robert Goulet) . He has
generated 21 DVD's of his performances and has also had a prolific recording
career amassing 34 CD's culled from both live and studio performances.
Jr. is also the proprietor of Dreamland Elvis and Friends
Museum, formerly the Presley Museum, which is one of the largest private
collections of Elvis memorabilia outside of Graceland and is valued at over
six million dollars.
At this point, you may be wondering just who is Elvis Aaron
Presley, Jr.? He is the son of the late Elvis Presley born out-of-wedlock,
unbeknownst to Elvis, on December 24, 1961 in Gary, Indiana the result of a
liaison between Elvis Presley and Angelique Delores Pettyjohn, a young
actress who was an extra in the film "Blue Hawaii". During this time, Elvis
was at the height of his fame and was known worldwide as the King of
Rock-n-Roll - a man that bobby soxers adored and young men wanted to be
like. Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, feared that a marriage to
Angelique, as well as his impending fatherhood, would seriously damage the
King's reputation thereby destroying his wealth and fame. Great pressure was
exerted upon the actress to have an abortion. While Angelique was unwilling
to abort the baby, she did agree to deliver the baby in secret thereby
saving Elvis the shame and publicity of a Hollywood scandal. She also agreed
to allow the child to be adopted immediately following the birth. Colonel
Parker, who was an orphan adopted by a circus couple, drew on his own
experience and began combing the circus troupes for a suitable couple.
He found them in a young Yugoslavian couple known as "The
Vargas" performers who were traveling with the Ringling Brothers Circus
throughout North America. The young couple very much wanted a child of their
own and, at the time, was unable to conceive. Arrangements were made and
immediately following the birth, when Pettyjohn gave up her son, her words
to the couple were, "Take special care of this boy; he belongs to Elvis."
The reason she stated this was because the young couple wanted to have a
mental description of what the baby would look like when he was grown. Would
he resemble his father's likeness? The conditions of the adoption were
simple and the young couple adhered to them; first, they were not to reveal
under any circumstances, the child's biological parents until the infant
reached his 21st birthday; second, they were not to seek any monetary
compensation from the Presley family on behalf of the child.
With the adoption complete the infant, who began life as
Phillip Stanic, grew up surrounded by the glittering circus world. At the
tender age of 5, Elvis Jr. first entered the spotlight as a circus clown
being mentored by the likes of Blinko and Gene Randall. He later trained
exotic cats and by the age of 15 was known as the youngest wild animal
trainer in the world. He trained his exotics with love - no whips, no chairs
and un-caged. The world's youngest and fearless became the talk of many. His
cats have been featured in many commercials including those for Kit Kat
chocolate bars and Cougar Lincoln Mercury automobiles as well as several
movies such as Sahara featuring Brooke Shields and Cat People starring
Natasha Kinski. At the age of 16 he discovered he could sing and began
performing in clubs and showcases at night while working with his cats
during the day. When Phillip reached his 21st birthday, a hard decision was
made to tell the young man that he was adopted and that his father was Elvis
After much inner struggle, Phillip realized that he wanted
his true identity to be acknowledged. He applied for and was granted on
January 21, 1985 the legal right to bear the name Elvis Aaron Presley, Jr.
by the United States Federal Court system. After sufficient documents, sworn
testimonies, and additional evidence presented by independent third parties,
were presented to a judge and after proof having been made to the
satisfaction of the Court "that notice of hearing thereon was given in the
manner and form required by law and no objections having been filed by any
person, Phillip Stanic by the decision of the U.S. Federal Court", was
recognized as Elvis Aaron Presley, Jr.
Elvis Jr.'s talent as a musician and entertainer is a gift to
all who enjoy the works of his late father. His looks, style, grace and
demeanor has captivated audiences worldwide and is a testament that the
King's legacy indeed continues.
Dreamland Elvis and Friends Museum, formerly the Presley Museum, is one of
the largest private collections of Elvis memorabilia outside of Graceland
and is valued at over six million dollars. All exhibits are fully encased
and are available as either a permanent or temporary attraction - many
venues utilize the museum as a prelude to an Elvis Jr. concert allowing
visitors to view the museum in their venue for several days, a week, or
longer before the concert. While it is a wonderful promotional tool for an
Elvis Jr. concert, the museum is an exciting draw in its own right and is
available as a stand-alone attraction. The collection encompasses vehicles,
motorcycles, costumes, jewelry, movie props and other exciting memorabilia.
Many instantly recognizable artifacts are in the collection.
The "Friends" portion of the museum contains vehicles,
costumes and other memorabilia from such celebrities as Roy Orbison,
Liberace, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Muhammad Ali,
Barbara Mandrell, Linda Thompson and Skeeter Davis. For an 18 year period
the museum existed as a permanent attraction in Niagara Falls. It has also
been on temporary display throughout Canada (including the Toronto CNE
Exhibition) the US, Europe and Asia.