Published on October 4th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Billy Stanley On The New Book “The Faith Of Elvis,” Elvis Presley Encounters With Rock Legends, Hound Dog Racing & More

Billy Stanley is a New York Times best-selling author and also happens to be a stepbrother of Elvis Presley. As one of the singer’s trusted confidantes, Stanley witnessed Presley’s faith in action firsthand. Such is the focus of Stanley’s new book — as written with Kent Sanders — The Faith Of Elvis: A Story Only A Brother Can Tell, as released today via Thomas Nelson. Yet there is plenty more to Stanley, a successful salesman and former airplane mechanic who married his high school sweetheart.

In The Faith Of Elvis, Billy Stanley gives his first-hand accounts of Elvis Presley’s life and abiding belief in Jesus and heaven, which has been kept from public view until now. Though the King Of Rock & Roll struggled with addiction and with his notorious playboy image, Stanley reveals that the true Elvis was deeply committed to ensuring his family and his fans knew who he called the true King, Jesus Christ. Per Stanley: “This book is not just my attempt to share the message Elvis gave to me. I also want to reveal the true story of a great man… I knew him as a brother. I want you to see the man who gave so much of himself—almost too much. A man who thought it was better to give than to receive.”

On October 3, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Billy Stanley via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond The Faith Of Elvis, we talked about Stanley and/or Presley’s encounteres with top rock musicians (e.g. Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Van Halen), life outside of music, and future plans. More on Stanley and his book can be found online by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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