ElvisWorld: Aloha Marty Pasetta

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By the accounts of those closest to him, the Aloha concert was the last time Presley suspended his prescription drug abuse and performed at his optimum 175-pound weight.


Biographer Peter Guralnick and Sonny West credit Pasetta for inspiring the singer to clean up his act.

After meeting Pasetta, West said that Elvis insisted that he and two other bodyguards join him on a diet to burn up the fat in his system.

Pasetta said he told Presley at their first sit-down meeting, attended by two bodyguards, he had to lose weight before the concert.


“He sat straight and the guys on either side of him took out their guns and laid them down on the table, and if you don’t think I was scared, you’re crazy.”


“I said, ‘I want you skinny because I’m going to use close-ups,’ which wasn’t very popular in television in those days. I said, ‘I’m…

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