Charles Franklin (Charlie) Hodge

Hodge was discovered by Presley while the former was performing with a band called The Foggy River Boys in Memphis. Hodge had caught the singer's attention
at the time partly because, at 5'3", the guitarist had to stand on an empty Coke crate. After meeting up again when both men were in the U.S. Army, the two became friends, and the guitarist subsequently became part of Elvis' entourage, Memphis Mafia.Hodge is said to have been hanging out with Elvis when the latter met his wife, Priscilla.

Hodge would later be part of Elvis' backing band when '68 Comeback Special. In addition to playing rhythm guitar and contributing background vocals, Hodge would also hand Elvis his water and scarves onstage. Sometimes, Hodge would also hold the microphone when Elvis was playing the piano (sometimes when he was also playing the guitar). During his tenure with Elvis, Hodge was a resident at Elvis' estate, Graceland. He was at Graceland when Presley died in 1977.


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