Vernon and Dee Presley
Elvis' father Vernon married Dee Stanley on July 3rd 1960. It was his second marriage. Elvis' mother, Gladys, passed away during Elvis his army service on August 14th 1958. Dee Stanley was married for ten years with Sergeant Bill Stanley when she met Vernon. She left her husband in 1959 and who was stationed in Germany, and went back to the States. Vernon followed her shortly afterwards. The couple married on July 3rd 1960, but Elvis did not attend the wedding, it is a well known fact that Elvis had trouble accepting the marriage, he felt it was too soon after the death of Gladys - and to him his mother was irreplaceable. Elvis and Dee would never become the best of friends. He was however very happy with his three 'new brothers', Billy, Ricky and David. Elvis had always wanted a little brother and now he had three all at once! Over the years they would become part of Elvis' entourage and go with him on tour. Vernon and Dee divorced at the end of 1974.
Vernon Presley Sings : Don't Close Your Door (02:59) . It was in 1973 in his office at Graceland, that Vernon Presley wrote and recorded this song called 'Don't Close Your Door', it's the only known recording of Vernon singing, it was originally contained on an audiotape, but it has now been re-mastered. The lyrics are said to be about the marital troubles that Vernon was having with his second wife, Dee at the time.
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