Elvis Presley ‘would call me late at night’ Nancy Sinatra shares The King’s ‘sensitivity’

Elvis Presley stars in trailer for Double Trouble in 1967

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After two years in the army over in West Germany, Elvis Presley was welcomed home extravagantly. The King co-starred in 1960 TV special The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis. The show also happened to be the professional debut of the crooner’s daughter, fellow future music and movie star Nancy Sinatra.

Nancy was famously sent to the airport on Frank’s behalf to welcome Elvis home to the USA when his plane landed.

She later ended up singing a duet on the TV special with her father of You Make Me Feel So Young/Old.

And later on in the show, Elvis and Frank performed each other’s songs a verse at a time, in Witchcraft and Love Me Tender.

Then, some seven years later, Nancy and The King were reunited as they co-starred in 1968’s Speedway together. The film was shot the year prior, which was also when her Sean Connery Bond theme You Only Live Twice was released.


The musical action movie saw Elvis play NASCAR driver Steve Grayson opposite Nancy’s IRS agent Susan Jacks.

Her character’s role involved being assigned to watch over Steve who had $150,000 in debt to pay with any future prize money from racing.

Naturally, this being an Elvis movie saw Nancy’s Susan end up falling romantically for The King’s character.

The film, which was originally planned to star Sonny and Cher, was the last time Frank’s daughter ever acted in a movie.

Now 81-years-old, Nancy has shared touching memories of time on the Speedway set with Elvis, who died aged 42 in 1977.

Speaking with People, the star said: “I know he was the funniest man and probably the most serious man I knew, both people in one. He made me laugh so hard.

“And at the same time, he would call me late at night to discuss things like the ghetto, and his concern for people in the ghetto.

“I don’t know if that’s surprising. People who follow his life probably are aware of his sensitivity.”

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Nancy and Elvis never dated, but she has admitted in the past that there was some “friendly flirting.”

The King had married his only wife Priscilla on May 1, 1967 and filming on Speedway began a few weeks later on June 26.

Elvis and his co-star were so close that he had asked Nancy to throw a baby shower for Priscilla when she began pregnant during filming.

The following year before Speedway was released, The King’s only daughter Lisa Marie Presley was born.

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