December 06, 2005
Why Elvis died
NOTE: This June I brough you a story about how Luther Vandross once ran out of bread and ended up using a Krispy Kreme donut as a hamburger bun. Within a matter of days (15 to be exact), he had died.
This month's Blender, which you'll recall I get for free, has a list of the 50 dumbest rock star extravagances of all time. Number one is an incident in which Elvis flew his private jet from Memphis to Denver, Colorado to buy 22 Fool's Gold sandwiches.
What, you may be asking, exactly is a Fool's Gold sandwich? As described in The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley:
An entire loaf of bread is warmed and then hollowed out. The sandwich is generously spread with peanut butter and an equally thick layer of jelly. Finally, lean bacon has to be cooked, at least a pound fried to crispness, to fill the reamining belly of the loaf. The massive loaf is then downed while the bacon is still hot. The serving size? One loaf per person.
That's right, folks, Elvis once ate (probably on several occasions, actually) an entire hollowed-out loaf of bread, coated in butter and stuffed with PB&J and a pound of fried bacon.
As far as I'm concerned, that's officially gullier than the Luther Burger, though an equivalent amount of Luther Burgers (like six of them) would be equally as gully.
Byron Crawford a/k/a Bol is the celebrated author of several books, most recently NaS Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homey.
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