"I have barely scratched the surface of stories that I have," Smith writes, then lists several of them (including the night he met the owner of an adhesives company, and the time that rock star Lita Ford refused to pee in the bathroom of the sailboat he was navigating, and he had to run aground so she could go find a public restroom). But he never actually tells the tales he's teased us with.

"There are these stories and much, much more," Smith assures us at the end of Chapter 10. "But it is late. I am tired, and I am going to bed."

Among the tales Smith was too sleepy to tell is a bombshell that would almost have made his meandering, half-written memoir more interesting — a shocker he drops casually into a conversation but which is nowhere to be found among the yawn-inducing yarns in his book.

"Well, you know, my adopted parents were related to Elvis, and so was my mother," he mentions during a phone interview. "I think they're cousins by marriage, because my supposed birth father was related to the Smith side of Elvis' family."

In short, Smith's birth mother's husband's cousin was married to the brother of Elvis' mom, Smith claims — kind of a big deal, if it's true, and certainly worth mentioning in a memoir of one's unusual life among the Presley elite. Isn't it?

"Oh, not really," Smith chuckles over the phone. "Not if you're from the South. Pretty much everyone in the South is related by marriage."

They may well be — but Smith's adopted parents don't appear to have been related to Elvis Presley, at least if one believes the dozens of family trees and exhaustive genealogies of the Smith/Presley clan published in books and on the Internet. Not one of these documents makes mention of an Ira Dee Smith, or of Elvis' grandfather, Robert Smith, having been married and sired any other children before he was wed to Presley's grandmother, Doll Mansell. (Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., which owns and licenses Elvis' image, failed to respond to questions about Elvis' lineage, and the Smith-Presley's family's official genealogist sent a text message saying, "We do not respond to queries about relatives of Elvis Presley's who are not documented family members.")

"I.D. Smith was the half brother of Gladys [Smith Presley]," Carlburg insists, when pressed. "He was the high tenor singer in the Deep South Quartet, which later became J.D. Souther and the Stamps."

Yet not one biography of the little-known Deep South Quartet mentions an I.D. Smith among any of its several lineups. And the Deep South Quartet, which disbanded in the mid-1950s, didn't become J.D. Souther and the Stamps. No such band ever existed, according to a text message from J.D. Souther himself.

"If any such band ever existed," says Souther, the popular SoCal singer-songwriter who's currently a featured player in the ABC drama series Nashville, "they owe me money!"

One wonders whether Smith's original ghostwriters were dispatched once it became clear that much of his story was completely invented. Both writers admit that Smith was vague about precisely how his family was intermarried — a fact that apparently meant little to Smith's friend Carlburg. Carlburg owns a company that builds custom guitars, and considers writing "more of a hobby." He is the third co-author to work on the project."We had a couple of writers come along who wanted to tell John's story their way," Carlburg explains, "and we said, 'No, we want to tell a story that brings honor and dignity to John's life.' So we got rid of them and did it ourselves."

One of the writers dumped from the project was Rico Austin, another self-published author whose career began in Idaho, where as a boy he wrote for his 4H Club newsletter. Later, as a stringer for the local paper, he covered the happenings at local senior citizen homes.

"I don't know why John chose me to co-write his story," muses Austin, who, like Carlburg, met Smith in a bar. "When I met him, he said he had a $1.5 million book deal, and my share was going to be $600,000. I was planning to pay off my house. The next thing I know, it's 'We have to come up with $3,800 to pay Tate Publishing to get the book out.'"

Austin says he agreed to bankroll Smith's book, but when he objected to working with Carlburg, Austin says he was fired. But Austin is getting the last laugh by self-publishing his own rambling account of working for would-be rock royalty. In the Shadow of Elvis: Perils of a Ghostwriter dishes dirt on Smith and Carlburg's work ethic, and details the fun Austin had promoting My Bad Tequila, his previous pay-to-print novel.

Despite having been sacked from the project, both Austin and Karen Albright Lin, the first ghostwriter Smith worked with, report having seen convincing proof that Smith is Elvis' kid.

"I did see all three of John's birth certificates," Austin says, "and he showed me the paper with the DNA evidence printed on it, and it was 99.9 percent conclusive. I wanted to see those papers because, you know, if I was going to write a book about the guy, I didn't want to look like an idiot."

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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!


www.Net-Privacy.us

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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