Elvis 1968 - 1970

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Just finished reading this...would like to have a chat with the Colonel ..clever bloke

Yes, I think people are generally too hard on him. He did great things for Elvis at the start, but I don't think he was the right man for the job once Elvis had become a star.
 

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Yes, I think people are generally too hard on him. He did great things for Elvis at the start, but I don't think he was the right man for the job once Elvis had become a star.
From what I gather Elvis like to spend spend spend knowing that if he toured he would have more money in the bank . If he had of been more prudent with his money im sure he would have been financially secure and his estate would have been in the high millions .

The Colonel liked to gamble and there are many stories of him loosing up to a million on a spin of the wheel..perhaps these were kickbacks, or he was laundering etc..It does though seem like he was quite the gambler and owed €30 m to the casinos when Elvis died. maybe that is why he was so anxious to push Dead Elvis so quickly . When Parker died he left behind an estate of only 1 million , There was even a story going round that he lost his share in Elvis and had to re negotiate with Elvis for more percent a year or two before he died.

personally I would not mind been mangaed by the Colonel on a 50/50 split .....sounds good to me
 

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From what I gather Elvis like to spend spend spend knowing that if he toured he would have more money in the bank . If he had of been more prudent with his money im sure he would have been financially secure and his estate would have been in the high millions .

The Colonel liked to gamble and there are many stories of him loosing up to a million on a spin of the wheel..perhaps these were kickbacks, or he was laundering etc..It does though seem like he was quite the gambler and owed €30 m to the casinos when Elvis died. maybe that is why he was so anxious to push Dead Elvis so quickly . When Parker died he left behind an estate of only 1 million , There was even a story going round that he lost his share in Elvis and had to re negotiate with Elvis for more percent a year or two before he died.

personally I would not mind been mangaed by the Colonel on a 50/50 split .....sounds good to me

For sure Parker was a financial genius, but he didn't have any artistic sensibility. I think Elvis really needed a father figure who would have directed his talent more carefully. Elvis himself died with just half a million left. Graceland was nearly lost. Priscilla stepped in and invested the half million in opening Graceland to the public. They made their investment back with the first 13 days of its opening. Maybe Elvis should have got Priscilla to be his manager.
 

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For sure Parker was a financial genius, but he didn't have any artistic sensibility. I think Elvis really needed a father figure who would have directed his talent more carefully. Elvis himself died with just half a million left. Graceland was nearly lost. Priscilla stepped in and invested the half million in opening Graceland to the public. They made their investment back with the first 13 days of its opening. Maybe Elvis should have got Priscilla to be his manager.
It was in Priscilla's name but she had very little to do with the day to day set up or running of Graceland e other than agree that something needed to be done (that itself was a solid decision). The colonel still looked after and advised Vernon and Priscilla for a good few years after Elvis had passed away.
The clever thing about the colonel was that he knew that he had no artistic sensibility and left that side of things to who whoever he was managing,eg Hank Snow, Eddie Arnold or Elvis. Its a fascinating subject.
 

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It was in Priscilla's name but she had very little to do with the day to day set up or running of Graceland e other than agree that something needed to be done (that itself was a solid decision). The colonel still looked after and advised Vernon and Priscilla for a good few years after Elvis had passed away.
The clever thing about the colonel was that he knew that he had no artistic sensibility and left that side of things to who whoever he was managing,eg Hank Snow, Eddie Arnold or Elvis. Its a fascinating subject.

At a surface level that may well be true, but the deals he did dictated that a certain artistic level would be or not be reached. Obviously, signing up to make three crappy B-movies every year dictated that Elvis would operate on a certain artistic level. Likewise, the record deal that he negotiated with RCA meant that the bulk of Elvis albums are compilations of one sort or another designed to exploit fans rather that achieve any artistic value. Of course, Elvis himself was complicit in all of this. I don't think he ever understood himself what an incredible talent he had.
 

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At a surface level that may well be true, but the deals he did dictated that a certain artistic level would be or not be reached. Obviously, signing up to make three crappy B-movies every year dictated that Elvis would operate on a certain artistic level. Likewise, the record deal that he negotiated with RCA meant that the bulk of Elvis albums are compilations of one sort or another designed to exploit fans rather that achieve any artistic value. Of course, Elvis himself was complicit in all of this. I don't think he ever understood himself what an incredible talent he had.
True ..I suppose the Colonel was good at making money and did not consider artistic merit when deciding how to make it.
Though again when you think of it , them 3 crappy movies innitally suited Elvis and Elvis's wallet.
apparently about year or so ago before he died he did consider sacking Parker but Parker gave Vernon a bill for services due .
I would have liked a weekend in his company
 
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