New Elvis book focuses on cops and the King

This week’s Memphis Flyer brings news of a new Elvis book, this one focusing on the King’s love of law enforcement. The groaner of a title is Elvis: In The Beat of the Night. Michael Finger of the Flyer writes: “The entertainer liked to hang out with policemen, collected police badges wherever he traveled, and enjoyed being made an honorary policeman in any city where he performed.”

The book, written by retired Memphis police captain Robert Ferguson, came into being at the urging of Peter Guralnick, who interviewed the Ferguson for the two-volume biography of Elvis and urged him to write a book of his own. The book was self-published and costs $14.95. It can be picked up in Memphis at Davis-Kidd Booksellers and at Borders or ordered directly from the author by calling him at 901-380-8411.


2 Responses to New Elvis book focuses on cops and the King

  1. Byron says:

    How interesting, that’s the first time I had ever heard about his interest in law enforcement. That book might make for an interesting read. Thanks!

  2. tennesseeguy says:

    Perhaps the most famous incident of Elvis trying to gain law enforcement credientials was when he hand-wrote a letter to President Richard Nixon and personally dropped it off at the White House at 6:30 AM. In the letter he asked for “Federal credentials.” That day, the White House called and told Elvis to show up in 45 minutes. When he did, he was ushered in to see Nixon, and the King asked for a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge. Nixon made it happen, and Elvis got the badge.

    The ironic thing, of course, is that Elvis was more of an expert on “narcotics and dangerous drugs” that anyone knew at that point. The famous photo of Nixon and Elvis shows the King more than slightly out of it. All this is related in “Careless Love,” the Peter Guralnick book.

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