Elvis Presley would have been 78 today. Here are the six best Colorado stories about The King
Jonny Barber The Lincoln Mark IV that Elvis bought Jerry Kennedy, as it sits today at the Tupelo Automobile Museum.
ELVIS BOUGHT THIS LINCOLN
Elvis Presley's generosity is almost as legendary as his sideburns and white jumpsuits. Case in point: Denver Police Captain Jerry Kennedy, who received a brand new Lincoln Mark IV courtesy of The King. Kennedy first met Presley through the DPD, when the former was in charge of running the department's off-duty operations and The King needed security when he came to town. Presley himself had wanted to be a policeman from the time he was a kid.
Dave Herrera A ticket stub from Elvis's last Denver concert on April 23, 1976 at McNichols Arena
GUARDING ELVIS AT HIS LAST SHOW IN DENVER
Elvis's last Denver gig took place at McNichols Sports Arena on April 23, 1976. According to former Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy Bob Pietrafeso, who vividly remembers doing security at the singer's final concert in the Mile High City, the King was nervous -- scared, even -- in the final moments leading up to the performance. This was far from Elvis's first visit to Denver. By the time he showed up in the spring of '76, he had become close friends with a number of locals, most notably law enforcement types, Pietrafeso among them.