Welcome to Freaky Friday, where we discuss true crime and the paranormal. Today is a paranormal topic. We’re going to talk celebrity ghosts.
My good friend Julie Glover did a blog post this week about song lyrics and what makes them so poignant to us. The post made me think about musicians who permanently marked the musical landscape. Many of them died too young. If anybody were to return in the spirit form, it would make perfect sense for it to be an iconic musician.
Today, I’ll take a look at a couple of these musicians and briefly relate the ghost stories associated with them.
Every been to Graceland during Elvis week? I have. It’s probably a southern thing, but I am a big Elvis fan. Click here to listen to my favorite tribute song about Elvis.
Despite the crowds during Elvis Week, there was a still reverence in the air. It felt like I’d see The King’s ghost if I looked closely enough. It was a creepy–but good–feeling. I didn’t see The King’s ghost that trip.
Some people, however, have seen Elvis’s ghost. In December 1980, several different people reported picking up Elvis’s ghost as a hitchhiker. That’s like the Vanishing Hitchhiker Urban Legend on steroids. One witness claimed the apparition sang for him.
A young Elvis in an Army uniform has been spotted a few miles from Graceland–ostensibly trying to go home. People have also seen young soldier Elvis walking through Graceland’s gates. Inside Graceland, tourists have heard The King singing. Employees report toilets flushing in empty rooms, voices, and doors shutting by themselves.
The King’s ghost has also been spotted the Las Vegas Hilton where he often performed. People have seen The King in his white rhinestone suit near the stage where he performed. A ghostly Elvis has been seen driving a red cadillac near where his private driveway once was.
Watch a short video full of creepy pictures of the house Elvis rented in California:
Hank Williams wrote some the most eloquently sad songs ever recorded. My personal favorite is “Lost Highway,” which I often listen to while I’m driving.
Hank’s alcoholism and addiction to pain killers played a big part in his death at the age twenty-nine. People have spent the last sixty plus years trying to capture some Hank’s magic. As a result, many tribute songs have been written about him.
Hank is rumored to have died in the back of a white cadillac. The Blasters wrote a tribute song of the same title, which has been recorded by Dwight Yoakum. The Ride by David Allan Coe is a very well known Hank Williams tribute song.
My favorite Hank Tribute is “Midnight in Montgomery” by Alan Jackson. Watch below:
This song resonates with me because visiting Hank Williams’s grave is something I’d do. And I’d expect to see his ghost. Unfortunately, I’ve not found any reports of Hank haunting his grave at Oakwood Annex Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama.
Hank is, however, reported to haunt Ryman Auditorium (formerly known as The Grand Ol’ Opry House and Union Gospel Tabernacle). “Whispering” Bill Anderson was tuning his guitar before a show. He strummed a favorite tune of Hank Williams, and the theater–lights and sound–went black. Hank’s ghost has also kept staff company as they lock up for the night.
People want to believe in Jim Morrison’s ghost. He was beautiful, talented, and mysterious. He was the Lizard King. He was Mr. Mojo Risin’. And he was known to have an acute interest in the spirit world.
Jim liked his alcohol and was known for his drunken antics, but his death was reportedly from a heroin overdose. He was twenty-seven years old at the time of his death in 1971. More than forty years later, he’s still far from forgotten.
Layne Staley (of Alice in Chains), Scott Weiland (of Stone Temple Pilots), and Scott Stapp (of Creed) all said Jim Morrison was their greatest musical influence.
James Blunt wrote a song called “So Long Jimmy,” which–according to who is talking–has been claimed as a tribute to Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and James Blunt’s former songwriting partner.
Listen to “So Long Jimmy” below:
If you can’t play the video, click here for a cool pictorial tribute to Jim set to “So Long Jimmy.” The video plays after a rather long commercial, so don’t give up hope.
Oliver Stone made a biopic about Morrison’s life and his career called The Doors. Tom DeCillo directed a 2009 documentary about The Doors called When You’re Strange. A documentary about Morrison’s last days of life–Final 24– was released in 2010.
People still visit Jim Morrison’s grave in Pére Lachaise cemetery in Paris, France. One of the two ghost stories I know about Jim Morrison takes place here.
In 1997, rock historian Brett Meisner took a snapshot of himself at Jim Morrison’s grave. Behind him is an image–whose authenticity has been debated–that looks like Jim Morrison. After taking the photo, Meisner had a string of bad luck.
See the photo in this You Tube video:
The other ghost story I know about Jim Morrison takes place in his childhood home in Virginia. A resident of the house used the same bedroom Jim had during his residence.
During a rocky period in this woman’s romantic life, a hazy apparition of Jim would climb into bed next to her and turn and look at her. This story is met with skepticism, but it’s sort of romantic and neat too. Knowing what I know of Jim, though, I have a feeling he wouldn’t have been so sweet.
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