John Smith says, he is the son of the King. “I’ve known that Elvis is my daddy since I was 27 years old,” says Smith, 51. “And there’s no one word that describes how it feels to finally tell the world the truth."
“The correct word is scary,” according to Presley historian Cory Cooper, who recently served as technical adviser on director John Scheinfeld’s Fame and Fortune, an adaptation of Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business, a 2008 bestseller by Presley’s former bodyguard. “These people show up every few years, claiming to be Elvis’ son or daughter. The sad thing is that some of them actually believe it. Maybe they’ve been fed a story all their lives about a one-night stand their mom had with Elvis, and they think it’s true. Whatever the story, they always have two things in common: They all swear they have birth certificates or DNA evidence to prove their claim, and they all have a story about why they can’t show you those things. And, of course, the real reason they can’t is because they don’t have them. Their story isn’t true.”
True or not, John Smith’s book provides a fascinating read — perhaps not for Presley fanatics or anyone who actually cares whether Smith is the out-of-wedlock son of the world’s most famous dead entertainer.
Almost everything in John Smith's book is a story either wildly exaggerated or completely made up. The album deal with RCA Records turns out to be a pair of 45s released on a tiny indie label. The songs Smith says he wrote for famous artists clearly were penned by others. His claims about performing on recordings by John Denver appear also to be untrue, as Smith’s name appears in none of the liner notes for any Denver recording. Nor does Smith cough up any proof of an Elvis-sponsored trust fund. Filled with inaccuracies, extrapolations, and flat-out lies, Let the Boy Sing is to literature what Harum Scarum is to the fine art of cinema.
Is John Smith Elvis Son?
After repeated requests, John Smith finally provided a copy of a birth certificate that shows his birth name as John Dennis Roach and his birth parents as Elvis A. Presley and Zona Marie Roach. The document, which could easily have been photo-shopped, shows Smith’s birthdate July 1961 but issued in 1985