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 Funeral habits in Memphis in 1977 ?
 
JTHA80
post Mar 10 2012, 05:04 PM
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I've been re-reading the book 'The Colonel' and in it the Colonel seems needlessly slammed for not grieving like the "rest"; but what struck me was on page 313: "When he saw Tom Hulett dressed appropriately in a tie and black suit".

Watching footage from the funeral clearly shows people in beige clothing of those that walked into the mausoleum.

In my country (a "western" one) it would be considered an insult to the deceased if you wouldn't wear black. But I wonder if anyone here is from Tennessee and can shed light on this matter for me please? Also, wasn't it considered rather strange how quickly Elvis was buried from his day of death?

(page 232: "Parker had attempted-and failed-to have Wallis cast Elvis in a nonmusical role. And in March of '67, the Colonel wrote to MGM, encouraging the studio to come up with something meaty for the remaining films on Presley's contract [...]" ...in my opinion, the Colonel was a pretty darn good guy)
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post Mar 10 2012, 08:49 PM
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QUOTE (JTHA80 @ Mar 10 2012, 07:04 PM) *
I've been re-reading the book 'The Colonel' and in it the Colonel seems needlessly slammed for not grieving like the "rest"; but what struck me was on page 313: "When he saw Tom Hulett dressed appropriately in a tie and black suit".

Watching footage from the funeral clearly shows people in beige clothing of those that walked into the mausoleum.

In my country (a "western" one) it would be considered an insult to the deceased if you wouldn't wear black. But I wonder if anyone here is from Tennessee and can shed light on this matter for me please? Also, wasn't it considered rather strange how quickly Elvis was buried from his day of death?



All depends on the result of their death.
I thought it was quick to have his funeral two days after Elvis died.
We in the UK have to wait nearer two weeks before we set the day for the funeral.
I also thought the Colonel was not respectful in dress sense for Elvis' funeral.
He had made rich fortunes from Elvis earnings.
It would not have hurt him to dress up in a proper suit.


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post Apr 9 2012, 04:24 PM
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I seem to remember the Col saying..If he'd wore a suit and tie for the funeral..Elvis wouldnt have recognized him.
That was his excuse.


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