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.