Andrew Hearn, the editor and publisher of Essential Elvis magazine in the UK, has told EPGold that he has personally invited Jeanne LeMay to his event "A Rockin' Good Night" in Sussex on July 19th 2008.
Andrew told us, "During recent trips to Memphis, several members of the EE: UK team have had the privilege to spend some time in the company of Jeanne LeMay. We've been captivated by her incredible charm and inside stories of her time with Elvis at Graceland, and on tour."
Jeanne was, and still is, best friends with Linda Thompson. When Linda was Miss Tennessee in 1972, Jeanne was Miss Rhode Island and the two were thrown together as roommates for that years Miss America pageant. They became fast friends and Jeanne moved to Memphis to be with Linda within weeks.
She was present the night Elvis and Linda first met at the Memphian theatre, and remained part of the inner circle for almost five years, until Linda and Elvis split in November 1976.
Elvis adored Jeanne, giving her a beautiful car and jewellery. She was even offered a job answering fan mail at Graceland where she loved to swim in the pool during her lunch breaks.
It was during a particularly snowy Christmas of 1973 when Jeanne became stranded at Graceland, after working in the office behind the mansion. The weather worsened and Elvis became concerned, invited Jeanne to stay with him and Linda for the whole Christmas period. It was a time Jeanne will never forget.
"Everyone who has met Jeanne in Memphis has pleaded with us to fly her to the UK as our guest," Andrew Hearn went on to say. "So, I'm delighted to announce that Jeanne will be joining us for a very special event this Summer."
A Rockin' Good Night
Fans can also enjoy live rock 'n' roll music from several original number one selling artists from the 1950s and '60s including John Leyton (Johnny Remember Me), Craig Douglas (Only Sixteen), The Tornados (Telstar), The Flames and the almost legendary, Shayne Driscoll.
Watch out for the UK's largest and most impressive all-Elvis memorabilia stall too! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.essentialelvis.com/Events.htm or by calling 01903 525917.
Posted: 8th. May 2008