Smith swears he has conclusive DNA evidence that his dad is the man who sang "Blue Suede Shoes." "One last thing that you cannot explain away," he writes in his memoir, "is that Elvis and I, we share the same DNA." But asked to share that DNA documentation with New Times, Smith hems and haws and passes the buck. "We're still talking with my family about whether we can put the DNA stuff in the book," he says. "When we said we wanted to put it in the book, they said, 'We didn't mean for you to do that. We got that for you, for your own knowledge, and not for publication.'"

And so Smith continues to point instead to other things that, he says, prove conclusively that Elvis is his dad. There's an old black-and-white photograph of Elvis holding a little boy who could, frankly, be any towheaded kid. There's a snapshot of a woman Smith says is his mother, standing with Elvis and Priscilla and Glen Campbell at somebody's wedding in the '60s. There's a handwritten note from Tyner, postmarked 1991 and refusing to confirm Smith's paternity because "it is not the time to expose your father."

Smith has, he claims, the flag that was draped on the King's coffin at his funeral. He says he has Gladys Presley's change purse, and Elvis' father's pocketknife, and a set of crystal goblets from the Graceland collection. But mention to Smith that some of these items are things that anyone could buy on eBay, or that he might own them because, after all, Elvis is the nephew of Smith's adoptive parents, and he gets huffy. "These are things that are too intimate to be left with a cousin or a nephew," he drawls. "They're the kind of things that a man would only leave to his son."

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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.

Cooper just rolls his eyes. "I know a dozen different Elvis collectors who have stuff like that," he says. "Seriously, if you were the son of Elvis, and you had a piece of paper that proved this conclusively, you would start by showing that to everyone you met. And no one ever does. They'll say they have pocketknives or autographed scarves or special key-chains from Graceland that nobody else has. And this is why nobody in the Elvis world ever takes these claims seriously or even bothers to respond to them anymore. Because they're fakes, and they have no proof."

Smith insists he has no need to prove his lineage to anyone. "I have known in my heart that Elvis is my daddy for years," he writes. "It has been a part of my life for years. I know it. I feel it."

One wonders what Elvis himself might say — or which of his famous songs he might sing in response to all these would-be love children he supposedly sired. Maybe "Fools Rush In"? Or "He's Your Uncle, Not Your Dad"? Or perhaps "It's Your Baby, You Rock It." But presumably not "I've Got to Find My Baby." And definitely not "I Love Only One Girl."

Cooper finds the whole cult-of-Elvis thing kind of sad. "These people want to be part of something. So it's, 'I saw Elvis at Burger King in Kalamazoo! He's alive!' or 'My mom slept with Elvis, and he's my dad!' Some of them get a little media attention, or they self-publish a book that sells 800 copies, and they get to feel special for a little while."

In a twisted way, Cooper says, this sort of attention keeps Elvis' name in the spotlight. "But if you were really Elvis' son, is this the kind of attention you'd want to bring to him?" he asks. "Because if my dad were an internationally loved icon, the last thing I'd want to do is join a chorus of people who are saying he screwed around a lot, knocked up a bunch of teenagers, and then took off."

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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!


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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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