"Judy" ©Elvis Presley 1961

A Tribute to Judy Tyler
Words and Music by Teddy Redell
Recorded by Elvis March 13, 1961
Album: Something for Everybody

Elvis/Judy photos courtesy of Elvis Women: Judy Tyler

Judy Tyler
Real Name: Judith Mae Hess
Born: October 9 1933
Died: July 4, 1957
Location of death: Billy the Kid, Wyoming
Beauty Contest Winner: Miss Stardust 1949
Remains: Buried, Hartsdale, New York

In 1957, Judy Tyler began work on her second and final film. She was chosen to co-star with Elvis Presley in his third motion picture, Jailhouse Rock. She would play Peggy Van Alden, a record promoter who persuades Vince Everett (Elvis) to make a record.

On July 4th, 1957, just 3 days after Judy had finished filming Jailhouse Rock, Judy Tyler and her second husband were killed in a car accident. Elvis' friends say that the tragedy was such a blow to Elvis that he never again watched the film.

Deemed culturally significant, Jailhouse Rock has been selected for preservation
in the United States National Film Registry

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