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ELVIS & The Colonel
Darrin Lee Memmer
"ELVIS & The Colonel" is an A4 format, 210-page soft cover featuring groundbreaking content from The Colonel's "For The Record" interview with 2 astute, take-no-prisoners criminal investigators (E.L. Hutchinson, Jr. and David N. McGriff) from the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office. Rest assured this is no whitewash or rose-coloured approach to biography; nah, just the most contemporaneously-rich, fair-minded & engaging collection of material about The Colonel assembled in one place.
It is thanks to the University of Memphis' Preservation and Special Collections/Mississippi Valley Collection Department that this book honoring Marie Francis Parker was feasible.
So, for the 1st time in your life, you have an opportunity to soak up a tsunami of never-before-published quotes by notable figures including Mac Davis, bodyguard Sam Thompson, Billy Goldenberg, John Hartmann, Hal Blaine, "Bones" Howe, John Wilkinson, Grelun Landon, co-star Yvonne Craig, Steve Binder, Minnie Pearl, Sam Katzman, Ron Jacobs, Red West, Jerry Schilling, Joe Pasternak, Henri Lewin, Freddy Beinstock, songwriter Jerry Leiber, Joe Guercio orchestra member/tour conductor Marty Harrell, Jo Walker, Hubert Long, Johnny Rivers, Pete Johnson, Bill Bixby, and, of course, The Chief Potentate.
Two of many, many Highlights:
1. Uncovered! The "I do drugs" quote attributed to Elvis (via Colonel) - is erroneous. Col. Tom Parker's actual words to the criminal investigators:(Quoting EP) "I DON'T. I DON'T do drugs. I DON'T. I don't tell you what to do with your personal life. I don't interfere with it. I don't want you to get involved with my personal life. Colonel, no disrespect..." 1a. So, sadly for 25+ years, superfans like Mr. Geoffrey McDonnell have been led astray. 2. The most comprehensive presentation of the Guardian ad Litem's Amended Report (Blanchard E. Tual vs. Colonel Thomas A. Parker) & the March 1973 RCA "Masters Buy-Out" to appear in a biography.
OSCAR DAVIS: He is a very demanding man, but a very hard worker. Colonel Parker can read you like a book as you stand and talk with him. He is very astute. A tremendous businessman. If I had to select anyone in this amusement field - and I've been through it from 1912 on up - I would select him to make deals. I don't think anyone has bested him on a deal.
DJ FONTANA: The guy was a very smart man. In fact, I'd call him - to me, he is a genius. Because he doesn't miss a trick. He does everything right. He was always around, somewhere. You'd never know where he was gonna be. The Colonel was always there. He kept the whole thing rollin'.
MARION KEISKER: Oh, listen, Colonel Tom was a "Come Lately" on this deal. You better believe! I mean, this is what infuriates me when I hear him say that he discovered him... But, this was my first totally negative reaction to Colonel Tom and some practices that I thought were, well, strange and unethical.
Saying one thing and doing something else, you know. Taking advantage of the situation. Colonel Tom had been working on the family for at least a year. In the most polished and Machiavellian way. You couldn’t believe it!
MINNIE PEARL: Colonel Parker is the most fearless business personality of anybody in the world. Nothing fazes him. He is dauntless. An inscrutable man.
GRELUN LANDON: Fast as a whip. Colonel took the rap for being the heavy—for the whole Svengali trip—that went with the title of manager. Elvis had the power in that relationship.
JOHN HARTMANN: What Elvis has—thanks to the Colonel—is the most media power he could possibly have.
RON JACOBS: The Colonel is "the manager." The others are punks. He's an extension of P.T. Barnum and W.C. Fields [who] studies people and completely psyches them out.
Also, from Darrin Lee on Amazon.com: 'ELVIS & KATHY - Together at the Houston Summit '76: The Human Spirit Triumphs Over Sickness', 'NIXON and ELVIS', and 'ELVIS - TCB At The Houston Summit '76: Faith, Spirit & Discipline'.
- Publication Date:
- 1545259240 / 9781545259245
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography / General