Throughout his life, legendary singer Elvis Presley had several memorable catchphrases. However, outsiders were unaware of many of his catchphrases and “secret language”, such as his close-knit group of employees and associates, often referred to as the Memphis Mafia.
One of the famous phrases that Elvis often said was “Take care of business”, abbreviated as TCB. Fans have frequently seen the singer wearing a necklace with the letters TCB. Recently, his ex-wife Priscilla Presley shared the origin of the necklace, revealing that she designed the famous piece.
Priscilla Presley designed Elvis Presley’s iconic necklace
Priscilla and Elvis were what some might call kindred spirits. The couple met in West Germany, where the singer was stationed. They stayed in touch and almost a decade later Elvis popped the question. He asked Priscilla, then 20, to marry him with a three-carat diamond.
Priscilla and Elvis were together for a while, but things started to go downhill when Elvis went on tour. This led to an affair between Priscilla and her karate instructor. This, coupled with Elvis’ countless banter with other women, ultimately led to the collapse of their marriage.
Still, they remained friends, and Priscilla holds the singer in high regard to this day. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the businesswoman shared the origin of one of Elvis’ signature pieces: the TCB necklace.
Priscilla said, “I actually designed the TCB necklace. We were on a plane to Memphis one day and he told me he wanted to have something for guys that did it just for guys. A gem for TCB in particular and he wanted something designed for it.
“While we were flying it started to rain and as it was raining a lightning bolt fell in the sky and I looked at it and drew a lightning bolt then put the TCB directly on it. And then I said, “Is that what you mean? And he looked at it and he said, ‘That’s it. That’s what I want.’ And the rest is history.”
The businesswoman didn’t think the necklace would become a huge part of pop culture. Priscilla said: “Who knew it would be as big as it is. I mean really. In the end, she regretted not having obtained a patent on it.
Elvis Presley’s bodyguard says the singer had the necklace made for everyone around him
Elvis is known to be generous to his loved ones, often gifting expensive cars and other items. According to Sonny West, Elvis’ former bodyguard, Priscilla and Elvis invented the TCB logo. Then they enlisted the help of a Beverly Hills jeweler to bring the idea to life.
The singer reportedly made 14k gold necklaces with the TCB logo for all the men around him. Soon, according to West’s account, the logo and motto became the band’s “calling card”.
Elvis was often seen spotting the necklace around his neck and also wore a ring with the same symbol. Women weren’t left out either, as Elvis had them make TLC (Tender Loving Care) necklaces in a similar style.
Elvis Presley’s Iconic White Eyelet Jumpsuit Sold For Millions
The White Eyelet jumpsuit and cape became synonymous with Elvis after his performances at Madison Square Garden in 1972, and many impersonators use it today to identify themselves. The suit was designed by Bill Belew, who was inspired by Presley’s intense love for karate.
Elvis reportedly came up with the outfit’s eagle motif, saying it was “something that would say ‘America to the world'”. for $1,012,500.
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