Well, we have been very busy following up on information and leads we've received from some of you. We don't have anything solid to report just yet, but as soon as we do we will be very pleased to report it to you right here on behalf of Tim Farrell!
In the meantime, we thought you might be interested in an article that appeared back in 1978 after Tim's mom, Rebecca, first went public with the news of Tim's parentage.
This article ran in the Athens News Courier in Athens, AL on March 13, 1978. Rebecca saved the article by clipping it from the newspaper; we scanned it and uploaded it here in it's entirety.
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Rebecca Holland has decided to "go public" about an encounter she says she had with Elvis Presley 23 years ago in Memphis that resulted in a son.
That son, Tim Farrell, is now touring the midwest as a nightclub singer and until last week unaware of his mother's contention that Elvis Presley is his father.
Mrs. Holland told the News Courier she does not plan to file a paternity suit or seek any money from the Presley estate because "that man (Elvis) contributed so much I don't see how anyone could ask for anything from his family."
She said she has decided to go public in order to let fans of the late singer know that he lives on in his son and that they will "let the fans decide" if the boy is Elvis' son.
She says the boy is "tall and lanky" like the young Elvis, but his features more closely resemble Elvis' father Vernon Presley.
According to Mrs. Holland she was visiting relatives in Memphis in August of 1954. The "Eagle's Nest" was a popular night spot and an unknown young entertainer named Elvis Presley was singing with a band.
She was 19-years old, as was Elvis, and had gone there with a group of other girls. After the band finished Elvis came and sat at the next table and asked her to dance. She refused because "I couldn't dance very well, and I thought if he danced like he sang I knew I couldn't do it."
Later on, as the club was closing, Elvis asked her to go with them to get something to eat. They were going to eat chili at an all-night restaurant the band knew about.
On the way there she realized she was new to Memphis and would not know how to tell them to get to where she was staying. So they began to drive around
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trying to find a familiar landmark so she could find her house.
One of the band members was driving and pulled into a motel and they told her to stay there the rest of the night and get a taxi home the next morning.
Mrs. Holland said they took her to a room and while she and Elvis talked the band members left and one of them closed the door. "It was purely an accident, neither of us had considered anything immoral, but it happened."
Elvis then left and the next morning Mrs. Holland said she found a taxi and the driver was able to find where she was staying.
Because of the moral climate of 1954 she says she was afraid to tell her mother or anyone else that she had gotten pregnant by a "nightclub" singer, so she refused to reveal the identity of the father of the child.
She met a young Navy man named Jim Farrell a few months later and he married her, even though she was six months pregnant. Tim Farrell was born in April of 1955.
The Farrell's traveled from Navy base to Navy base for a number of years and living in the north and in California heard nothing about a popular young singer who was rising to stardom named Elvis Presley.
After Elvis became famous she said she would tell the story about refusing to dance with him in a Memphis nightclub, but no one would believe it. "So I knew they wouldn't believe the other."
"People can't believe that he was once an average person like anyone else, before he became a star, and that anyone could know him."
She started trying to contact Elvis in 1973, but was unable to get a message to him. Her letters went unanswered.
Why did she wait so long to tell her story?
"Because 23 years ago or even 15 years ago it was not like it is now. It would have been a scandal. Now that he is gone I want his fans to know that there is someone to carry on, he's (Elvis) not gone."
"Tim is making a good living as a singer and he'll make it. He had some trouble early on because they said he sounded so much like Elvis. He could be singing a Freddie Hart or a Johnny Cash song, but they said he sounded like Elvis.
"Tim and I talked it over and decided not to sue or anything, we are just going to let the fans decide."
We appreciate all the kindness and support you have shown to Tim. He's a great guy, who wants more than anything just to know who his dad is. Any piece of information you have -- even though it might seem inconsequential to you -- can provide another piece of the puzzle for him.
Thank you all so much!
Friends of Tim Farrell