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What If? The King of Rock, Jesse Presley

By March 14, 2013

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Elvis & Nixon

Did you know that Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' roll, had a twin brother? Early in the morning of January 8, 1935, Gladys Presley gave birth to twin boys, Elvis Aaron and Jesse Garon. Unfortunately, the birth was difficult and baby Jesse was stillborn. Elvis grew up as a single child, never knowing his brother.

According to Larry Geller, Elvis Presley's longtime hairstylist and author of the biography Leaves of Elvis' Garden, the loss of his twin brother affected Presley for the rest of his life. Apparently the King of Rock told Geller during their initial conversation: "Being a twin has always been a mystery for me. I mean, we were in our mother's womb together, so why was he born dead and not me?"

Late in his life, Presley evidently told Geller with a grin that Jesse had a "way better voice."

That Jesse could sing better is difficult to imagine given Presley's talent, but there is no doubt that the bond between brothers is special. The death of one -- whether after a lifetime or at the moment of birth -- surely elicits powerful, pervasive emotions, as evidenced by this collection of quotes on the loss of a brother to death.

If you have a brother, what makes that relationship special to you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Above: Even a president feels awe before a king. Richard M. Nixon meeting with Elvis Presley, 12/21/1970. Photo National Archives.

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March 15, 2013 at 7:11 am
(1) Soom says:

I have been blessed with two wonderful brothers. I could take pages describing what makes our relationships special. What comes to mind first when I think of the Knach is laughter. Given that we are much older now he continues to make me belly laugh. The other side of this laughter is that he is alway there for me no matter what time, what circumstance, I can rely on him for anything, no questions asked.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Orncy Borncy. I am a bit older than him so I think of him as my “little” brother even though he is “bigger” than me. I can still remember when he came home for the first time, I was so excited for this bundle of pure baby innocence that I grew up just wanting to gobble him up.

I stop here because like I said, I could go on and on. Thanks for letting me share, it has put a huge smile in my heart.

March 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm
(2) Rich says:

Even though my brother and I aren’t twins, in fact we are just over 5 years apart. It amazes me on how much we are alike. We have the same sense of humor, we ofter have the same thought and response to something we have seen or heard(my sisters seem to have this same connection as well) I think it is because of all the time we spend together and the love and respect we have for each other. I consider my brother my best friend and I wouldn’t trade him in for anything (except maybe for another Packer Super Bowl:-O)

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