FROM THE VIDEO Sam Thompson - Personal friend of Elvis Presley
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Security guard at Graceland and one of Elvis, body guards in the 1970s. Thompson was a former police officer and the brother of Linda Thompson. It was Sam who delivered to Elvis, Linda's letter after the two had broken up. Sam Thompson has had many jobs in his life, he's been a police officer, lawyer, judge and music producer but the job he remembers most fondly is the time he spent as Elvis Presley's 'baby-faced' personal bodyguard. Sam Thompson was a young Memphis cop when his sister Linda, the 1972 winner of the Miss Tennessee Universe Pageant, started dating Elvis Presley that year. Linda introduced him to Elvis and the pair became fast friends, with Thompson heading up security on several tours before finally becoming Elvis' personal body guard in July 1976.
In August of 1973 Elvis purchased a home for Sam at 1317 Favell Drive the Whitehaven area of Memphis.