None other than Dolly Parton is shedding light on a moment in one of the music industry’s most heartbreaking splits. According to the ‘9-5’ star, Priscilla Presley told Parton about the day she and Elvis went their separate ways.’ Priscilla told Parton that as they walked down the courthouse steps, her ex-husband was singing one of the most.
However, Parton went on to explain that the king of Rock n Roll’s connection to the song ran much deeper than just a one-time performance on the courthouse steps. ‘He loved the song, wanted to do it, had it worked up, they’d already called me to come down to the studio to meet him, and to be part and hear the song,’ Parton said.
But what got in the way of the recording was Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. ‘And the night before, Colonel Tom Parker calls me and says, “Well, you know we don’t record anything with Elvis unless we have publishing on it, or at least half the publishing,’ Parton explained.
“Well, I said, because I had a number one song on it, I said, ‘This is the most important copyright in my whole publishing company, and I can’t do that’.”
Parton was ‘heartbroken’ about the ordeal but went on to honor the King of Rock and Roll through the track ‘I Dreamed of Elvis” on her album Rockstar.
Priscilla’s reveal to Parton adds a dimension to what appeared to be a tumultuous relationship between herself and the father of her daughter, Lisa Marie. Even though they split, the couple remained close and supported one another throughout the rest of their lives. Elvis even cleared up rumors about infidelity during a show in Las Vegas.
“Our divorce came about, not because of another man or another woman,” he continued, “but because of the circumstances involving my career. I was traveling too much, gone too much…I didn’t think it was fair to her.”