All those fans who think Elvis is still alive will get a boost from the latest interview give by the woman who knew him best in his final years. Although he was actually dating and (according to her) engaged to Ginger Alden when he died in August 1977, they had only been together for seven months. Before that, The King spent four and a half years with Linda, and they remained close. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
Linda has been speaking about her time with the music legend, his relationship with his coterie, The Memphis Mafia, and what she believes her ex would make of his enduring worldwide fame.
In a new 15-minute video on Sheri Lacker’s Memphis Mafia Youtube channel, Linda said: “You couldn’t be around Elvis Presley and not love him. You couldn’t be around him and not recognise the magnanimous person he was. The huge presence that he was, the winsome personality that he had.”
Sheri is the daughter of Mafia member Marty Lacker.
And then she said something rather extraordinary.
Linda added: “If anybody could maintain their energy. It wouldn’t be Houdini who could come back, it would be Elvis.”
She also explained how her love for him has endured: “He was an incredible human being and I feel incredibly lucky to have got to know him so deeply and love him so greatly and it’s lasted to this day
He loved women. Sometimes too much. And I had to indulge him sometimes. I didn’t have to, I chose to, because, above all, we were best friends. We were lovers, kindred spirits, for sure. We understood each other
Linda was one of Elvis’ few partners who grew very close to his tight-knit band of companions, The Memphis Mafia She hit back at claims some of them had used Elvis, or were not sincere in their love for him.
She said: “Those guys adored him, they built their lives around him and I felt honoured to be included in that elite group of men that considered themselves a brotherhood.
“I really felt like the guys, I went on every single tour, I went to Vegas every time he played there, so I really got to know all these guys really well.’
The Mafia were famously dismissive of Ginger as an opportunist, but surviving members like Elvis’ cousin Billy Smith still talk highly of Linda.
Perhaps because Linda, in her own words, “loved him without any agenda or ulterior motive.”