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SICK EXHIBIT AT ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME
July 11,  2017   -    The Drinks Business  /  Elvis Express Radio
Elvis Presley made his radio debut 63 years ago last Friday, July 7th, and the song played was “That's All Right,” on WHBQ in Memphis by local DJ, Dewey Philips.

Henry Harrison, President of the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame, said there was one thing that made Elvis so special to so many people when he sang his ballads.


“It was as if he was having an emotion come across his body and he could feel a persons problems and pains in his heart,” said Harrison.

Although Elvis Presley was more rock than rockabilly, and although Henry Harrison would rather talk about the many other highlights of his International Rockabilly Hall of Fame and
Museum. EER has never been to this museum but when the highlight, or the "go-to exhibit" is what is billed as the Elvis Defibrillator of Death, our interest in ever visiting the place is
slim to non-existent.

The defibrillator is accompanied by a letter from Elvis' doctor describing how
James "Mack" McQueen who was a Biomedical Equipment Technician at Baptist Memorial Hospital,
placed a secret mark on the defibrillator's paddles shortly after Elvis' demise, then kept an eye on the machine for nearly 16 years until it was finally retired by Baptist Hospital in
1993?
"Doctors and nurses worked frantically on Elvis," the letter recalls, "to no avail."

The following is as described by James "Mack" McQueen:
"I went down to the emergency room with my supervisor to see what was taking place. Police officers were all over the place, and they had an officer guarding the door of room #1.
You could hear the Doctors were defibrillating Elvis, nurses and doctors were running in and out of the room with medical equipment and supplies. I caught a nurse by her arm and
ask her who they were working on.  She said,  "I'm not allowed to say but it's a VIP."  I heard some one cry out, "Breathe! Breathe!". They worked on Elvis for a good 15 minutes
before they gave up the effort. I read some where that they even had his vital signs back which means his heart beat and blood pressure but lost it and couldn't get them back. 

After they removed his body I went into the room and turned off all the medical equipment they were using on Elvis.  The room was a mess and the Cardio Tracer paper was all over
the floor.  I marked the Defibrillator Paddles with wire cutters, cutting a (V) out on the rubber sleeve next to the white plug and kept up with the equipment until it was removed and
replaced with new equipment.

After nearly 16 years, the Hospital decided one day to replace the equipment and dispose of the old equipment.  I asked my supervisor if I could have the equipment they used on
Elvis to which he replied "I'll see what I can do Mac".  A couple of days later he said, "Mac, it's ok, they said you could have it."  I now own the Defibrillator Paddles, the Cardio Tracer
and the original wooden table the equipment sat on.  I mounted the Defibrillator Paddles in a gold frame with a clear plastic door on it.  I have put the items on display in a
Museum.  I have paper work from the hospital, a letter from my supervisor and also a letter singed by Dr. Nick testifying he used the Defibrillator Paddles on Elvis."


The King's postmortem memento is a rare downbeat in The International Rockabilly Hall of Fame and Museum, which is an extension of the life of owner Henry Harrison. Henry is
often around, ready to tell stories of how he grew up near Johnny Cash, how he once repossessed the car of Jerry Lee Lewis, and how Carl Perkins once did TV commercials for
Henry's auto dealership in exchange for a new Toyota.

The museum has a pair of Perkins' blue suede shoes enshrined in a glass case, as well as one of Perkins' stage jackets and a seat from his tour bus (Carl is buried nearby in
Ridgecrest Cemetery).

Several walls of the museum are covered with the signatures of rockabilly fans, many from other countries. Henry insists that all visitors watch at least one of his archival videos (We
saw an interview with Peggy Lee) and pose for a photo banging on drums that were once used in Nashville's famous RCA Studio B. The paintings behind the drums -- of 16
rockabilly stars -- are life-size oil portraits by Lendon Noe. Henry told us that old oil paintings, not even as big as the ones in his museum, sometimes sell for thousands of dollars.

The International Rockabilly Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday giving tours throughout the day.
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