Elvis starred on Frank Sinatra’s show and slept with his girlfriend | Music | Entertainment
Elvis was famous for sleeping (or trying) with his movie co-stars, but when he was the main guest on Frank Sinatra’s national TV show, he was already sleeping with Sinatra’s co-star – who was also his girlfriend and later his fiancée. On May 12, 1960, the crooner celebrated the King’s return from military service on March 5 with a special edition of The Frank Sinatra Show. Elvis slotted it into his busy filming schedule for the new GI Blues movie. The pair were all smiles, playing on their rivalry, joking around and even performing mixes of each other’s songs – despite everything the host had said about his guest in the past and everything going on behind the scenes. WATCH ELVIS IN THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW BELOW.
During the show, Sinatra even tried his hand at dancing with Elvis, even though just two years earlier he had said of rock ‘n roll: “It’s the most brutal, ugly, degenerate form of expression , vicious that it was my displeasure to hear…
“It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smacks of fake and wrong.
“It is sung, played and written mostly by morons and by means of its almost foolish repetitions and sly, obscene – in fact, dirty – lyrics and, as I have said before, it manages to be the Martial music of all sleepy delinquents on the face of the earth…this rancid-smelling aphrodisiac, I deplore.”
Sinatra even gave a gag on his show, saying that Elvis may not have wasted time doing his military service, but he lost his sideburns.
Prowse said, “Elvis and I had an affair…We had a sexual attraction like two healthy young people, but he was already a victim of his fans. We always met in his room and never went out.”
Extraordinarily, she also openly stated at the time that Sinatra knew about it.
Prowse, who was 24 at the time, added, “Frank and I are mature people. We’re not going for that little bit of adolescence about stability and all that jazz.”
In fact, their relationship only intensified after her fling with Elvis. She would also join Sinatra when he had engagements in Las Vegas and proposed to her in 1962.
However, he quickly died out, with Prowse apparently wanting to focus on his own career.
She later admitted, “I was as much flattered as I was in love. He was a complex person, and after a few drinks he could be very picky.”
Unfortunately, bigger Hollywood roles eluded her and she left to pursue opportunities on stage. Ironically, although her voice was dubbed to GI Blues, she was a huge hit when she took the lead in a 1967 London production of the musical Sweet Charity. He also raced in Las Vegas where she would build a successful second career as a cabaret star.
Sinatra, meanwhile, became friends with Elvis, as their own careers began to overlap more and more in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the two lucrative Las Vegas headlining residencies. . He even made a desperate appeal to the King to beg him to change his life.
The two stars also became friends with Tom Jones, when they all headlined their own shows at the casino mecca. Years later, Jones’ publicity man, friend, and journalist Chris Hitchens revealed a candid conversation where Sinatra confessed that he had tried to save the King.
Hitchens said: “Tom Jones and I met him for drinks in New York and he told us he had just called Elvis.”
The king had been admitted to hospital in August 1975, with liver problems exacerbated by his heavy drug use. Friends and family were beginning to worry about him, prompting an extraordinary intervention from his fellow star.
Hitchens described Sinatra telling them, “When I called the hospital in Memphis, the girl on the switchboard asked, who’s calling?” and when I said, ‘Frank Sinatra’, ‘I really expected her to say, ‘Oh, yeah, and I’m the Queen of England’ or something.
“But she must have recognized my voice because, seconds later, Elvis took the line.
“I told him he needed to take care of himself and stop fooling around. He’s too young to die, and I told him that.”
Tragically, Elvis would die exactly two years later on August 16, 1977. His cause of death was attributed to heart failure, exacerbated by systemic and prolonged overuse of prescription drugs. He was, indeed, much too young at only 42 years old.