The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley

By Alanna Nash

A meticulously researched biography, this tale profiles "The Colonel" Tom Parker, the fellow in the back of Elvis Presley, in a compelling new gentle. choked with startling fabric present in never-before-seen records, together with Parker's military files, psychiatric reviews, and police studies, this research demanding situations even the main usual features of the Presley saga. Parker, who dealt with each element of Elvis Presley's profession and lots more and plenty in his own existence, is published as an overwhelmingly egocentric guy who sought to conceal his personal unlawful alien prestige instead of additional the paintings of an outstanding musician. staggering and impeccably written, this exciting publication proves that the one determine in American pop culture as interesting as Elvis Presley is Colonel Tom Parker, the guy who formed Elvis, and in flip formed track history.

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Fields. Parker’s “pink face grew to become magenta and he by no means back pointed out that e-book in my presence. ” nonetheless, Kanter had huge, immense admire for what he known as Parker’s “genius,” specifically after he observed him skillfully maneuver Elvis via a frenzied throng on the Louisiana Hayride. Parker had as soon as attempted to paintings a care for the Hayride and sponsoring station KWKH, providing to establish an artist provider bureau for the cost of $12,000, which the show’s manufacturer, Horace Logan, chanced on preposterous, specially as Parker deliberate to run it as an extension of Jamboree Productions.

He had that accessory, couldn’t say r’s, and he stated, ‘The Colonel’s wefidgerator is gettin’ low on groceries. So I’m gonna move this bowl round, and that i don’t are looking to pay attention any silver or copper fallin’ in it. i would like to listen to paper. ’ So every body chipped in a couple of dollars, and he despatched Bevo out to get a few meals. He enjoyed setting apart humans from their cash. ” while Love Me gentle opened at New York’s Paramount Theater on November 15, 1956, a forty-foot cutout of Elvis adorning its façade, approximately 2,000 lovers of every age coated up, the queue snaking the entire method from occasions sq. to 8th street.

Palm Springs sounded precisely like every thing Parker enjoyed approximately sizzling Springs, Arkansas, within the ’30s. “Byron,” the Colonel acknowledged, “Let’s move see your uncle. ” Parker had frequented Las Vegas because the overdue ’40s, whilst Sin urban was once not more than a bit dusty city of 10,000, and the Colonel booked Eddy Arnold into the elite, cowboy-themed inn El Rancho Vegas for Helldorado Days, while floats, parades, and rodeo promoted its Wild West history. first and foremost, Arnold didn’t are looking to cross (“I stored listening to tales approximately artists showing available in the market and playing away all their cash ahead of they left .

The best-known singer of the past due Twenties, Austin grew to become not only the 1st crooner, making method for Rudy Vallee and Bing Crosby, however the first real pop celebrity, with the attendant status and adulation that will later grace the careers of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. From 1924 to 1934, he bought an unbelievable 86 million records—5 million on my own of “My Blue Heaven,” an upbeat ballad that celebrated the family bliss of “Just Molly and me /And child makes 3. ” Grown males blubbered. Austin’s first royalty cost from RCA Victor documents totaled $96,000, a virtually unfathomable sum within the pre–income tax years of the ’20s.

His correspondence with Wallis and Hazen took on a giddy wit and playfulness, yet Hazen had consistently came across the Colonel repugnant, and was once slightly capable of restrain himself from telling him so, at one aspect writing to congratulate him for his chutzpah in tipping a Las Vegas bellboy with sandwiches pilfered from the Paramount commissary. His disdain for Parker grew immeasurably after the executive snookered him into purchasing part 1000000 pocket-sized pictures of Elvis in uniform for advertising. the belief used to be “to supply Mr.

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