Romance: June Juanico

Elvis Presley spotted June in the audience and the pair were soon dating.

 

Elvis in the Twilight of Memory (book) and Elvis & June a love story (Documentary) by June Juanico. Elvis Presley was a radio and tv star and moved into the American Dream middle class home on Audobon Drive.

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The Juanicos hosted The Presleys on a fishing vacation, and where Nazi paraphenlia enters the Elvis story is from June’s father having brought back trophy items from WW2.

Baby Let’s Play house – Elvis and June with her younger sister, playing at being a family in the pool – and June and Elvis falling just short of baby potential sex.

June’s romance ended just as Elvis bought Graceland and after the press had hounded the family for hints of marriage or explainations of why “The teenaged Daughter” was running around with the scandalous Elvis that Responsible Parents protected their daughters from!

a vacation with the Presleys and Juanicos:

The Nazi uniform items were June’s Fathers, he brought them back from The War.

Daily Elvis: June 26

June 26, 1955

Elvis performed at the Slavonian Lodge , Biloxi, Mississippi, where he, Scotty and Bill opened the new club with air-condition to a sellout crowd. Elvis Presley saw June in the audience – they went out after the show.

June 27, 1955

June 27, 1955

Elvis performed at the Airman’s Club, Keesler Air Force Base, outside Biloxi. A local girl, June Juanico attended the show. Elvis picked June out of the crowd and spent the rest of the evening with her.

Daily Elvis: June 11

June 11, 1956

Time magazine of June 11, 1956, mockingly referred to the singer as “dreamboat Groaner Elvis (‘Hi luh-huh-huh-huv-huv yew-hew’) Presley.”

Elvis flew home to Memphis for the funeral of his cousin Lee Edward Smith, who was drowned.

Outside his Audubon Drive house was June Juanico, the girl Elvis met a year ago. Elvis would spend much time with June the rest of the week.

Daily Elvis: June 12

June 12, 1956

Elvis and June Juanico flew to Houston to pick up the new convertible Elvis had ordered.

Daily Elvis: June 13

Elvis and June Juanico in Houston: When Elvis and June were having breakfast at a restaurant on South Main Street, Elvis got himself surrounded by a lot of girls. He told a reporter he was engaged to only one- his career.

Daily Elvis August 3

August 3/4, 1956

Miami Daily News – August 4, 1956

Hey, Gals! Elvis has 2 Steadies 
by Sandy Schnier and Damon Runyon Jr.

Elvis Presley, the rock ‘n’ roll Romeo millions of girls scream about, is “going steady” with two of them. At the moment, The Miami News was informed, one has the upper hand. She’s a shapely Biloxi brunette who was passed through police lines to Presley’s Olympia Theater dressing room where she reportedly stroked his brow between stage shows.

Before millions of apparent losers throw hysterics and maybe hit someone, possibly Presley, we hasten to add that this first report on his romances comes from the Mississippi miss herself. Furthermore, June Juanico, 18, the Biloxi beauty whom Presley evidently prefers to aspirin, admitted that Elvis is as unsteady in love as he is on the stage.

“It would be nice if Elvis loved me as much as I love him,” June sighed. “But right now he is married to his career and he isn’t thinking of marriage.” “If Elvis doesn’t marry it’d be a sin to let something like that go to waste.”

A blue- eyed girl built on the order of the Mississippi River – long and with lots of curves – June sportingly reported that Presley has another “steady,” a 19 year old Memphis miss. “So,” she confessed, “its hard to tell whether I’m No. 1 or No. 2 in his life – but I’m happy being one or the other.”

June, whose hair is bobbed Italian-style, said she’s going on the Presley tour of six Florida cities and New Orleans. But when he returns to Memphis, she said, “I don’t know just what I’ll do.”

Interviewed by The News in the tunnel underneath the Olympia stage, June explained she met the rising young guitar holder and shake dancer in Biloxi a year ago. She added, “I went backstage to see him and saw a big crowd, so I went to the ladies room. When I came out — there he was. “Within five minutes he asked me to show him the town. I accepted, naturally. We went to see two or three floor shows in night clubs. “I knew then that this was the real thing.

“Well you know how love is. Eight months went by and I never heard from him. No letters or anything. Then I went to Memphis and it started all over again. “He’s a wonderful guy when you know him, I mean if you really know him, real deep down under he’s a real warm individual and treats everyone so nice.”

She can’t miss a show. Overhead, while June was talking and posing for us deep down under the stage, Presley was warming up and she didn’t want to miss even one performance. Standing in the wings with her, we noticed that June didn’t scream like the other girls. She only bounced a bit (rather well, too) while Presley did standing knee jerks for the audience.

We asked why the girls, especially the younger set, threw such hysterics — and how come she didn’t scream. Without missing a knee jerk or bounce June replied, “If you were a member of the opposite sex you’d appreciate him, too. And I do feel like screaming.”

article include with original page May 23, 2008

Daily Elvis: October 21

Elvis was visited by Juan Juanico for a couple of days. Because of the many fans around the house they stayed inside for most of the time. However during the night Elvis and June did go out to see some newsreel footage at the local theater. Unfortunately fans saw the limousine and vandalized it.

Daily Elvis: October 24

Elvis receives his first letter from the local draft board concerning his draft status.
Elvis had to leave for New York, but before that he, his parents and Juan Juanico attended a special screening of a rough cut of Love Me Tender. Except for Elvis everyone was enthusiastic. Elvis was not satisfied by his acting.

 

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