Busting Vegas Myths: Elvis Met Madonna


Published on: January 8, 2024 at 08:17 pm.

Last updated on: January 5, 2024 at 09:33 h.

Of all the myths about Las Vegas icon Elvis Presley that this series has debunked so far — that he didn’t die in 1977, that he was a racist, that he played 837 sold-out shows in Vegas, and that he resided in Las Vegas. Home while in town – This may be the most believable.

Elvis Presley signing autographs for a group of fans.
Elvis Presley, who would have been 89 today, signs autographs for a group of fans outside Olympia Stadium in Detroit on September 11, 1970. Does anything look familiar to you? (Photo: Mike McClure/Detroit Free Press)

“In 1970, Elvis signed an autograph to a very excited 12-year-old girl who would go on to become Madonna,” reads a grammatically-challenged caption that has been copied and pasted hundreds upon hundreds of times over the years by social media pages seeking to… Exploit this serendipitous “discovery” to gain perspective.

The picture explains Detroit Free Press’ A review of Presley’s September 11, 1970 concert at Olympia Stadium. (picture: newspapers.com)

“Wow, that’s a cool fact!” Anita Smith commented in a post created by the “Rock n’ Roll” Facebook group on November 19, 2023, which as of this post has “earned” 1.4k likes.

“Then I became more popular than him. GIRL POWER!!!!!!” Pamela Hook added.

Physical evidence

The picture is real. Tom DeLisle’s September 12, 1970, review of Presley’s concert at Olympia Arena the night before made it clear. Elvis had just finished his second tour at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on September 7, which was three shows into a nine-city tour, his first multi-city tour in 13 years.

The photo, taken by photographer Mike McClure, shows the King signing autographs for a group of fans outside the venue before his concert that evening. And yes, one of those fans seems to be A Hell a lot Like Madonna, who grew up in Detroit.

Let’s compare the photo to one of the real Madonna Lois Ciccone, age 14, from the 1972 yearbook of West Junior High School in Rochester Hill, Michigan.

Elvis fan in 1970 Detroit Free Press The photo shows her next to the indisputably 14-year-old Madonna. (Image: newspapers.com, inset: daily Mail)

The hair, jaw, lips and teeth are all very identical. And completely different eyebrows prove nothing since the eyebrows are often removed and pulled back by young women experimenting with makeup.

Madonna hugs an Elvis poster in her 1987 film Who’s This Girl. (Image: YouTube)

And also Madonna He was Big fan of Facebook. In her 1987 film “Who’s That Girl,” her character was photographed kissing a poster of Elvis from his 1956 film “Jailhouse Rock.” In an interview with Swedish television in October 1992, Madonna was asked to describe Elvis in one word.

The word she chose was “sexy.”

Suspicious minds

Just a month before McClure took his photo, Madonna was 11 years old. While the subject of his photo is young, it doesn’t seem like it Which young man.

Adding further doubt is a tribute to David Bowie that Madonna posted on Facebook the day after his death in 2016. In it, she wrote that his concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit was her first. This ceremony took place on June 22, 1974, when she was 15 years old.

Wait, we’re not done yet…

In 2005, Madonna tied Elvis’ record with 36 top 10 singles in the US, and dozens of interviewers asked about her. However, she never mentioned meeting or seeing any of them, nor during any of the hundreds of other interviews she gave in which Elvis’ name was mentioned.

It is beyond all imagination to believe that such an outgoing celebrity has never mentioned such an iconic encounter in her 42 years in show business, and that no legitimate biographer or journalist would look for it once.

Having your photo taken with Elvis is not something any true fan would want to keep a secret. What was published in a major city newspaper is not something they do could.

One of hundreds of posts on social media making the same false claim. (Image: Facebook)

who’s that last Girl?

So, while it is still maybe The 12-year-old Madonna would hardly have been an Elvis fan to know exactly when and where he would enter the Olympia Stadium, but she did not attend his concert there that evening — or even meet him. And She watched the show, but for some reason decided to hide both facts forever – the preponderance of the evidence suggested otherwise.

Especially considering the physical evidence we haven’t gotten to yet…

Not every feature in the two images we showed you above is excellent match. The young woman’s nostrils in the newspaper photo are closer together, while her front teeth are further apart than the Madonna’s, and the real Madonna never wore braces as a child.

So, unlike the Elvis impersonator standing to the right of the mystery woman in McClure’s photo, this Madonna was merely a lookalike.

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