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Colonel Tom Parker

I never realized that Elvis Presley’s manager was an illegal refugee from The Netherlands. There was also an accusation that he murdered someone over there.

Elvis didn’t tour much internationally because Colonel Parker was afraid that if he left the United States, he wouldn’t be able to return.

by Anonymousreply 13June 28, 2022 4:32 AM

Has there ever been a biopic of him?

by Anonymousreply 1June 22, 2022 9:36 PM

Yes he was an illegal immigrant with an assumed ID. This informed some of his bad management decisions. He would not leave the US for any amount of money.

by Anonymousreply 2June 25, 2022 12:53 PM

Deport all the illegals!!!!

by Anonymousreply 3June 26, 2022 2:42 AM

The film completely demonised him. I wonder how close that was to reality.

by Anonymousreply 4June 26, 2022 6:17 AM

Sadly, Elvis suffered from tinymeat.

by Anonymousreply 5June 26, 2022 7:00 AM

Colonel Tom Parker may have helped make Elvis a star, but he pretty much ruined his career with all those horrible movies, and binding Elvis to movie contracts and Vegas.

However, Elvis was a grown man and could have found new, better management, but he chose to remain loyal to this grifter.

Parker tried to cheat writers out of royalties by getting them to turn over publishing rights, as he tried with Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You and she said no.

by Anonymousreply 6June 26, 2022 7:04 AM

He took advantage of young vulnerable Elvis, and made 50% of whatever Elvis made. So yes, I would say he was a bad guy.

When Elvis fired him he made it so they couldn’t, by charging millions Elvis barely had to buy out his contract. Two days later Elvis rehired him.

by Anonymousreply 7June 28, 2022 3:56 AM

How can you be a refugee from the Netherlands? Don’t refugees come from countries where their lives are in danger?

by Anonymousreply 8June 28, 2022 4:10 AM

r8, he was not a refugee. Though he was possibly a fugitive...

by Anonymousreply 9June 28, 2022 4:14 AM

I've read a few Elvis books, and I'm an adjunct music business instructor at a major west coast university.

The Colonel was an asshole, and a weasel. BUT he was an innovator when it came to the Elvis brand. He knew the brand was what brought in generational wealth. He was a heartless bastard. When Elvis died, someone in the press asked him "What happens now?" and he replied "Nothing changes." It's one of my favorite anecdotes about CTP.

by Anonymousreply 10June 28, 2022 4:15 AM

He took 50% of that wealth. He was robbing Elvis

by Anonymousreply 11June 28, 2022 4:17 AM

Albert Goldman was, I believe, the one who uncovered Parker's history in his controversial biography of Elvis, way back in 1981. Good read.

by Anonymousreply 12June 28, 2022 4:18 AM

I heard that Elvis never left the US because he didn't want to risk bringing his drug stash with him or being caught without a supplier.

by Anonymousreply 13June 28, 2022 4:32 AM
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