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Elvis on Holiday : Water Skiing : McKellar Lake : July 1955 & Biloxi : July 31, 1956

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McKellar Lake, July 1955

Elvis Presley Water Skiing, McKellar Lake, July 1955

Elvis Presley Water Skiing, McKellar Lake, July 1955

Bayou, part of Big Lake, near Biloxi, July 31, 1956

June Juanico: Elvis had mentioned his love for water skiing to Eddie, and wanted to hire a boat for the day.

He didn't care to go on a specified route, with a ski instructor, for a ten-minute ride.

He wanted to go it alone for as long as he pleased. Eddie, along with a friend, drove in the driveway pulling a boat behind the car. They launched the boat across the bayou with Elvis, extremely sunburned from the fishing trip, wearing a long-sleeve shirt and long pants to protect his tender skin from the sun.

I sat on the bank with his mom and dad, and we watched the boys skiing up and down the bayou. Eddie, riding in the boat, took some shaky, out-of-focus movies for us to laugh about later.

Elvis Presley Water Skiing, Bayou, part of Big Lake, near Biloxi, July 31, 1956

Elvis Presley Water Skiing, Bayou, part of Big Lake, near Biloxi, July 31, 1956

Elvis Presley Water Skiing, Bayou, part of Big Lake, near Biloxi, July 31, 1956

After skiing, Eddie joined us for a pool-side lunch, along with Elvis's mom and dad and the rest of the gang. Elvis kept insisting he wanted to do something nice for 'Mr Bellman', and finally Eddie - insisting Elvis call him 'Eddie' - came up with the idea of Elvis making a personal appearance at his downtown Biloxi shoe store.

Elvis kept insisting he wanted to do something nice for 'Mr. Bellman', and finally Eddie - insisting Elvis call him 'Eddie' - came up with the idea of Elvis making a personal appearance at his downtown Biloxi shoe store. 'I'd be happy to, Mr. Bellman, I mean, Eddie, just let me know when'. 'I'll talk to my partners, Elvis.

How about tomorrow?' 'Sounds good to me, Mr.... er, Eddie. I don't have any other plans'.

On Wednesday afternoon, August 1, Elvis did a promotional appearance at the store.

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and several friends took a spin around McKellar Lake in his new boat Friday July 8, 1960

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