Speaker, Author, Filmmaker
David E. Stanley was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1955. Three years later, his parents divorced, setting the stage for an extraordinary event. In 1960, Dee Stanley married Vernon Presley, Elvis Presley’s widowed father. David was just four years old, 20 years younger than his new stepbrother, when he moved into the Graceland Mansion in Memphis, TN.
At the age of 16, David began working and touring with Elvis as a personal aide and bodyguard. From 1972 to 1977, he did hundreds of shows with his world-famous stepbrother and was part of some of the most historical concert events of the twentieth century.
On August 16, 1977, David was among the first to discover his beloved stepbrother dead from a prescription drug overdose in his Graceland Mansion in Memphis, TN. Deeply affected by this tragic loss David, set his own life a new course. He overcame his own addictions to drugs and developed new priorities centered on educating, motivating, inspiring and helping others.
Today, David E. Stanley is a powerful speaker, best selling author and successful filmmaker who effectively uses his story of his life Elvis and beyond to remind the world that prescription drug abuse has no boundaries. His personal life story of triumph over adversity and stepping into his own greatness has impacted millions around the world.
His published works includes the New York Times’ bestseller, Elvis We Love You Tender, the Elvis Encyclopedia, Raised on Rock, Conversations with The King: Journals of a Young Apprentice, Restoring My Father’s Honor, and his most recent release My Brother Elvis: The Final Years. David also wrote, produced and directed the film Protecting the King in 2007.
David created RAESED ON ROCK Foundation in memory of his stepbrother Elvis Presley to increase awareness, provide support, and fight the battle against prescription drug abuse.
In My Brother Elvis, David Stanley shares his harrowing experiences while on the road as a 16 year old bodyguard to the King of Rock n’ Roll. The final 5 years of Elvis Presley’s life were filled with his greatest triumphs and his toughest tribulations, as the iconic star fought a war with addiction he would tragically lose at the age of 42.
Though surrounded by those who loved him and revered around the globe, Elvis battled the demons of fame, depression and loss, and those demons eventually proved too strong a foe. Despite the efforts of his family and friends, Elvis Presley eventually succumbed to his addiction on August 16, 1977, leaving a trail of devastation and loss felt worldwide to this day.
In sharing this intimate account of his stepbrother, David hopes to reach those who are also suffering from addiction—some 15 million from prescription drugs in the US alone.
Though many never knew, Elvis was famous for far more than music, as he was the ultimate giver to those around him. In this spirit of giving, David is revealing and laying bare the cold, hard realties of addiction, in the attempt to help as many addicts as possible recover successfully from this often-fatal disease.