Charlie Hodge, Former Elvis Presley Sideman, Dies

Funeral services will be held Tuesday (March 7) in Decatur, Ala., for Charlie Hodge, a longtime member of Elvis Presley’s touring band. Hodge, 71, died Friday (March 3) of cancer at a Knoxville, Tenn., hospital. Presley and Hodge became friends in 1958 when they were serving in the U.S. Army in Germany. After they were discharged, Hodge began working for Presley, appearing in several movies in the ’60s and on TV during the legendary 1968 comeback special. From 1969 until Presley’s death in 1977, Hodge played rhythm guitar and sang harmony vocals in Presley’s touring band. He was best known as Presley’s onstage assistant who cued songs and handed him his water and scarves.