Is Scottsdale's John Smith the Secret Love Child of Elvis Presley?

John Smith is the secret love child of Elvis Presley. And he has, he swears, the DNA evidence to prove it.

No, really. Smith, a sometime country singer and songwriter who lives in Scottsdale, says he's coming clean this month in a new book detailing his hush-hush life as the unheralded Prince of Rock 'n' Roll. Let the Boy Sing: Elvis Is My Daddy, from a tiny, pay-to-print publisher in Oklahoma, reveals everything the world wants to know about the perks of being Elvis' tug-of-love: The trust fund, set up by Elvis for Smith when he was born. The music gigs, playing with John Denver and Lawrence Welk, and the recording contract with Elvis' label, RCA Records. The chance to write songs for country superstars like Kenny Rogers and to record an album with music legends who also recorded with Elvis. All these cushy thrills, according to Smith's new book, were arranged by Elvis himself, who kept tabs on his boy via a network of people who did the King's bidding.

And that's because John Smith is, he says, the son of the King. "I've known that Elvis is my daddy since I was 27 years old," says Smith, 51. "And there's no one word that describes how it feels to finally tell the world the truth about me."

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Dennis Smith's RCA Records LP turns out to be this lone 45 on tiny Adonda Records.
Courtesy of John Smith and Rich Carlburg
Dennis Smith's RCA Records LP turns out to be this lone 45 on tiny Adonda Records.

"The correct word is scary," according to Presley historian Cory Cooper, who's known in pop culture circles as "The Elvis Expert" and who recently served as technical adviser on director John Scheinfeld's Fame and Fortune, an adaptation of Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business, a 2008 bestseller by Presley's former bodyguard. "These people show up every few years, claiming to be Elvis' son or daughter. The sad thing is that some of them actually believe it. Maybe they've been fed a story all their lives about a one-night stand their mom had with Elvis, and they think it's true. Whatever the story, they always have two things in common: They all swear they have birth certificates or DNA evidence to prove their claim, and they all have a story about why they can't show you those things. And, of course, the real reason they can't is because they don't have them. Their story isn't true."

True or not, Smith's book provides a fascinating read — perhaps not for Presley fanatics or anyone who actually cares whether Smith is the out-of-wedlock son of the world's most famous dead rock 'n' roller, but most definitely for fans of unadulterated gall, tall tales, and lousy fact-checking. Because Smith's story — in which he makes bogus claims about his life and career that three minutes' worth of Googling can refute — proves to be, with very little digging, a hunk-a hunk-a burning crapola. Almost everything in the book is a story either wildly exaggerated or completely made up. The album deal with RCA Records turns out to be a pair of 45s released on a tiny indie label. The songs Smith says he wrote for famous artists clearly were penned by others. His claims about performing on recordings by John Denver appear also to be untrue, as Smith's name appears in none of the liner notes for any Denver recording. Nor does Smith cough up any proof of an Elvis-sponsored trust fund. Filled with inaccuracies, extrapolations, and flat-out lies, Let the Boy Sing is to literature what Harum Scarum is to the fine art of cinema.

And the DNA evidence? Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. failed to respond to questions about Elvis' lineage, and phone calls and e-mails regarding Smith's claim sent to Graceland, Lisa Marie Presley, and the Presley family's genealogist went unanswered. So, too, did repeated requests made to Smith's publisher requesting proof of his DNA evidence — requests that were likewise ignored by Smith himself. (Smith's ghostwriter, Rich Carlburg, explains Smith's failure to answer e-mails and phone messages with various excuses: His computer crashed; he's snowed in at a Smith gig in North Dakota; he has no cell phone reception. Mostly, though, Carlburg just joins Smith in refusing to answer questions about recordings, DNA evidence, and the like.)

After repeated requests, Smith does finally provide a PDF of a copy of a birth certificate that shows his birth name as John Dennis Roach and his birth parents as Elvis A. Presley and Zona Marie Roach. The document, which could easily have been doctored in a graphic design program, shows Smith's birthdate in July 1961, but it was issued in 1985. The Texas Department of Health didn't return phone calls regarding the veracity of the document.

"A phone call wouldn't have done any good," says private investigator and former journalist Rich Robertson, who's investigated hundreds of complex criminal and civil cases. "Smith would have to have sent a signed, notarized waiver to the Bureau of Vital Statistics and have them send you a copy of his birth certificate. Which, if he's who he claims to be, is in his best interest to do."

Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this document, and about Smith's book, is what it doesn't tell us: That if Elvis really is his father, then that would mean that his birth parents were, to borrow the title from an old Elvis movie, Kissin' Cousins.

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21 comments
Scottsdale_PI
Scottsdale_PI

I checked TX births for 1961 - there is no listing that matches said birth certificate - nothing even close - for that entire year.  

yankeelaw2001
yankeelaw2001

I was his side man for about 10 years in Texas.  Many stories were spun and this is no different.  I will say in my travels I didn't hear him speak much of Elvis.

zea14
zea14

What an idiot. The "woman in the yellow dress" was Glen Campbell's late WIFE, Billie. Her maiden name was Nunley & she was a hairdresser. She & Glen had 3 children before divorcing in 1975. I guess these are Mr. Smith's half-siblings, too? 

lnyk
lnyk

He looks like Elvis did when he got older.The younger photo's John Smith,looks like Vernon Presley.

Restrictedopinion
Restrictedopinion

In the case of this writer he should get all the facts before he writes another word. In the case of John Smith let him go to court like Alice Tiffin (who submitted DNA) and like Deborah Presley-Brando (who WON in the Tennessee Supreme Court). I believe that anyone who writes a book, or article is entitled to Freedom of Speech as long as they are not libel in their writings. Court documentation especially from Family Court are private. Maybe Alice and Deborah and John don't want to spend their lives proving what is sealed in the courts because of irresponsible writers like this one.

antisnob480
antisnob480

I am very disappointed in Mr. Pela for this worthless piece. For an expose' to be worth the reader's time it needs to make a successful emotional connection between the reader and the subject. I need to either gain sympathy for the subject so his wrong doings will trigger an emotional reaction from myself...or I need to gain sympathy for the subject's victims. There are no victims. And by giving us a history of those before Mr. Smith that had claimed to be the blood of Elvis, there appears to be nothing special about him. There is no reason for me to care. The only thing that could had saved this article was some unbiased hope from the writer that maybe Mr. Smith was indeed the son of Elvis. Every bit of evidence detailed was revoked by Mr. Pela before the reader could absorb it and make a decision for themselves. So basically Robert Pela took a subject that 99.9% doubted in the first place before even reading the first paragraph and by the end of the article 99.9% still doubt Mr. Smith. Congrats! Mr. Pela's expose' impacted no one.

bass24
bass24

REALLY? REALLY? 

This stupid fake story is still in here?

Don't you have people that can write stories? I say NOT , there is no good stories in the New Times for a long time maybe you should call this paper LONG TIME!

rico_thunderbird
rico_thunderbird

I do hope "In the Shadow of ELVIS, Perils of a Ghostwriter" is as great a read as "My Bad Tequila" by author & writer - Rico Austin!

vaksak
vaksak

Dude seems to be a tad bit full of himself I think lol.


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showhome2u
showhome2u

Seems like a lot of Elvis connections are here in Scottsdale! I dated one just recently.  Believe me, Elvis has left the planet 'in pieces' and these guys are probably 'meteorite pieces'  of Elvis for sure. Sad, that  none of these guys could ever get a real life,  and live their entire lives sadly believing  People believe them, in hope to hide who they really are....which I find to be, totally uneducated no-bodies seeking  public (mainly women's)  attention thru their  multiple personality disorder and, or, sick fascination to become their idol and most likely the man they wish they could  (ahem) .... yuck! YOu should do an article on my story! 'Dating the ghosts of Elvis'  . Pretty  funny story, which would make a lot of these guys go back into the closet!

marcy
marcy

With he penchant for lying about his past, it seems Mr Smith is more likely to be Joe Arpaio's love child.

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

On the facebook page ELVIS ' "In The Shadow Of" they provided a link to this article as if it would give legitimacy to his claim... and it will if no one actually reads it. Well, okay.  He has 114 "likes" on the page and there probably is a good chance that no one will actually read the article.

bass24
bass24

I need cash so without and further a due I am Elvis's son too. 

bass24
bass24

Hmmmmm,

Really? reLLY? REALLY?  He doesn't look a thing like Elvis!

Lets see the proof not talk the lie.

Trinonymous
Trinonymous

Hi, folks: I'M Elvis Presley, and I've been hiding in my trailer home here in Salome for years, and I can tell you all right now, that guy is NOT my kid! Thank you, thank you.

tampfamp
tampfamp

Sometimes dude you just gotta smack dat ass!


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MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

lol the King of Rock 'n' Roll married one time and had one child.

If what this fool is saying IS true thenhe should be required to prove it or shut the fuck up.

longwolf
longwolf

@yankeelaw2001 Did u know that there may be a possibility that Elvis has a daughter that was born in 1957. I know her but I never thought about it until she got a phone call about 3 weeks ago an she went nuts. I heard everything that was being said, I couldn't be leave my ears that they where fighting over Elvis being her father, I calmed her down an she told me that her mom went to Florida for a visit 6 month be for she died an seen someone they both new an trusted an she told him that my real father was Elvis Presley an why no one knew about it. My friend did tell me she heard rumors, but when she would talked about it ,everyone thought the she was crazy she has been researching on this for 28 year an was told this rumor back when she was in her 20s but didn't believe it an kept it her to herself. After listing to it all I ask her. Why don't you get a DNA done I couldn't believe it she said, sure I would finding out the truth if he is or not my father would put my mind at rest, but Lisa would have to ask me an find me first if she can oh Lisa can confront her mother to see what her expression is on her face. She all so told me that she don't think Lisa would. I told her Lisa might because it would be good publicity to help you with the truth. If have any comment or would like to know more You can contact me at vie- mail tazthesmokejumper@yahoo.com, Or call or email young lady named Shanna who confirmed this matter,know she is going to get the truth one way or another no stopping her. email her if call ok shannacayer@yahoo.com or call at 518-521-9750 hope u get in touch with her asp.

karenalleyrn
karenalleyrn

@Rico Austin I want to read your book. Dennis is a pathological liar and has completely lost touch with reality. I know this because I was married to him when he says he met his birth mother. I would have known that if it happened. In the new book, he claims his second marriage was annulled. That is a lie. It took years to find him to get a divorce. He attempted suicide on more than one occasion and was hospitalized in a psych ward. I really feel sorry for him. He needs professional help.

longwolf
longwolf

@MaskedMagician1967 WELL HOW WOULD YOU KNOW HERE IS A F WALK UP CALL TO U {ELVIS LOVED TEENAGER AROUND 14TEEN HIS WIFE WAS THAT WHEN SHE MEANT HIM HE NEVER STOPPED SEEING OTHER WOMEN NO MATER WHAT RELATIONSHIP THAT HE WAS IN. WELL HERE A WAKE UP TO U ALL   {Did u know that there may be a possibility that Elvis has a daughter that was born in 1957. I know her but I never thought about it until she got a phone call about 3 weeks ago an she went nuts. I heard everything that was being said, I couldn't be leave my ears that they where fighting over Elvis being her father, I calmed her down an she told me that her mom went to Florida for a visit 6 month be for she died an seen someone they both new an trusted an she told him that my real father was Elvis Presley an why no one knew about it. My friend did tell me she heard rumors, but when she would talked about it ,everyone thought the she was crazy she has been researching on this for 28 year an was told this rumor back when she was in her 20s but didn't believe it an kept it her to herself. After listing to it all I ask her. Why don't you get a DNA done I couldn't believe it she said, sure I would finding out the truth if he is or not my father would put my mind at rest, but Lisa would have to ask me an find me first if she can oh Lisa can confront her mother to see what her expression is on her face. She all so told me that she don't think Lisa would. I told her Lisa might because it would be good publicity to help you with the truth. If have any comment or would like to know more You can contact me at vie- mail tazthesmokejumper@yahoo.com, Or call or email young lady named Shanna who confirmed this matter,know she is going to get the truth one way or another no stopping her. email her if call ok shannacayer@yahoo.com or call at 518-521-9750 hope u get in touch with her asp.

 
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