Benefit for the Davis Triplets
(in memory of Richard Davis)
Richard Davis, Jerry Schilling, Suzanna Leigh, DJ
Fontana, Marian Cox, Gordon Stoker, Ray Walker
Kang Rhee and George Klein at the Memphis Mafia reunion at Alfred's on
Beale St. Sunday August 10, 2003
Richard Davis was a longtime member of Elvis's inner
circle. He started working for Elvis after Elvis returned from the Army and continued to work for
him until 1971 as a body guard, a stand-in in 23 movies and eventually a
wardrobe manager. He remained friends with Elvis long after
his employ until Elvis' death in 1977. Known among the other
members for his quick wit and for being a bit of a prankster he once
dropped a water balloon on Elvis' head as he walked out of his trailer
in fresh makeup for a movie shoot.
After leaving Elvis, Richard worked as a promotions director for Stax Records and Warner Brothers
Records and as a casino host at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica. He later worked as a security guard at
the Horseshoe until retiring in 2001 to take care of a new set of triplets.
His wife, Kimberley, 33, said,
"He was a devoted father. Those children lit up his
world." He was also a regular at many of the celebrated
Elvis related gatherings in Memphis and elsewhere sharing his stories
with the fans.
Richard died in his sleep at age 64 at his home in Southhaven in
August of 2004. In addition to Kimberley he left behind his children, Brandon Richard Davis, Dylan Huges Davis and Madison Danielle Davis, and another son, Ronnie Davis, by a previous marriage.
On Thursday, January 6, 2005 The Patsy Anderson Group
will present a concert for the benefit of the the Davis triplets, in
memory of Richard at the Bluesville Club at the HorseShoe Casino
in Tunica, MS (only a half hour south of Memphis).
Entertainers and guests scheduled to appear are: Scotty Moore, Charlie Hodge, Ronnie
McDowell, Steve Cropper, TG Shephard, Jimmy Velvet, Billy Swan, George Klein, Jerry
Schilling, Joe Kent, Kevin Adams, Jerry Presley, Suzanna Leigh, Sonny
Burgess and the Pacers.
Additional happenings: Special exhibit of Elvis
Artifacts and special appearance by The Davis Triplets.
Several other entertainer invitations are pending and
will be posted as confirmed.
All proceeds go to the triplets. Tickets available
November 5, 2004 at 1:00 PM. through the Casino boxoffice, online at Ticketmaster
or by phone at 901-525-1515.