PUBLISHED: 12:34, Mon, Feb 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:44, Mon, Feb 3, 2020
The King of Rock and Roll had a number of bodyguards over the years. And one of them was the brother of Elvis Presley’s girlfriend, Linda Thompson. Sam first met the late star in 1972 and last year revealed how he once had a terrifying motorbike ride with him, which actually turned out to be a very funny story.
Speaking with , Sam Thompson said the ride took place around 1974 when he rode on the back of a Honda Goldwing driven by Elvis.
The former bodyguard said: “We were going down 55, we got on the interstate and, of course, Elvis would drive fast and we were just ripping.
“I thought he was going 100 miles an hour.
“But I was riding on the back of the motorcycle and all of a sudden I saw orange sparks coming up over his head.”
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Elvis Presley's bodyguard on TERRIFYING motorbike ride ‘The King had sparks over his head’ (Image: GETTY)
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Sam continued: “And I was frightened, I thought, ‘Well, we’re about to crash, something’s on fire!’
“The faster we went, these sparks were flying up over his head.
“And the faster we went and the more sparks we got, the more nervous I got, [so I] tightened up [my hold] on him, to the point where I had him in a bear hug round the waist.
“And he was like, ‘Urgh!’ He would