Family & Friends
Want to learn about Elvis’ wife, daughter, friends and associates? Read about them below and find links to many of their websites.
Lisa Marie Presley
The official Lisa Marie Presley website. Go there for all the latest news and information on what's going on with Lisa. Of course, we will always continue to carry Lisa news of interest to Elvis fans here on the Elvis/Graceland
site as appropriate. Lisa's own web site will be your ultimate resource for information about her life and career.
The official website of Priscilla Presley - actress, producer, author, businessperson, philanthropist and formerly Elvis’ wife.
D.J. Fontana was Elvis' drummer on stage 1955-61 and in recording sessions from 1956 through much of the 1960s. He also performed in Elvis' television guest appearances 1956-60, in several of his movies and in Elvis' 1968 television special.
Elvis' Imperials were among the vocalists who worked with Elvis on his "How Great Thou Art" album in 1966. They also backed him on stage from 1969 to late 1971 and did backing vocals for his Grammy-winning gospel album "He Touched Me" and other studio recordings and live concert recordings during that period. There were personnel changes within Elvis' Imperials over the years. The members known for performing on stage with Elvis are Terry Blackwood, Greg Gordon, Armond Morales, Joe Moscheo, Jim Murray and Roger Wiles. Sherman Andrus began work with Elvis' Imperials after their time with Elvis, but joined in with the group's ongoing friendship with him.
The Jordanaires were Elvis' primary male back-up vocal group from 1956 to the end of the 1960s. They worked with Elvis in the recording studio, on stage and in his movies.
Scotty Moore was Elvis' lead guitarist on stage 1954-61 and in the studio from Elvis' first recordings in 1954 through much of the 1960s. He also performed in Elvis' television guest appearances 1956-60, in several of his movies and in Elvis' 1968 television special. In 2000, he was among the first group of musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their new "sidemen" category.
J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet
J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet were Elvis' male backing vocal group from 1971 to 1977. Mr. Sumner's friendship with Elvis began in the 1950s, when Sumner, then a member of The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, started letting the starry-eyed, often broke, teenage Elvis in for free at the gospel sings regularly staged at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis. During the years J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet worked with Elvis, members, along with J.D. Sumner, at times included: Bill Baize, Tony Brown, Ed Enoch, Ed Hill
, Dave Rowland, Richard Sterban
, Donnie Sumner
, Larry Strickland
and Ed Wiedman. The Sumner family maintains the official J.D Sumner & The Stamps Quartet site. Ed Enoch heads up today's configuration of The Stamps Quartet performing today.
The Sweet Inspirations were Elvis' female backing vocal group from 1969 to 1977.
Click the heading to go to the site for Elvis' rhythm group from the concert years - the TCB Band: James Burton (lead guitar), Glen D. Hardin (piano), Jerry Scheff (bass guitar) and Ronnie Tutt (drums) and John Wilkinson (rhythm guitar). Also see individual sites for James Burton
and Jerry Scheff
Kathy Westmoreland backed Elvis on stage and on recordings 1970-1977. She is the soprano vocalist Elvis referred to in his band introductions as "the little girl with the beautiful high voice."
Celeste Yarnall has led a multi-faceted career. She began as a model, spokesperson and actress, fresh out of high school, and was discovered by Rick and Ozzie Nelson while walking past their offices at General Service Studios in Hollywood. Elvis sang A Little Less Conversation to Celeste in the film Live a Little, Love a Little. Celeste is also very involved in the health care of dogs and cats through her company, Celestial Pets.
Lowell was Elvis' jeweler in the late 1960s and through the 1970s. He designed the TCB ring, TCB and TLC necklaces among many other custom pieces of jewelry for Elvis. Mr. Hays is now an EPE licensee and his jewelry replicas, like the TCB ring and necklace, are now available for purchase.