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Colonel Tom Parker

Date Added: April 09, 2009 01:55:47 PM
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Category: Colonel Parker
Colonel Tom Parker,was Elvis Presley's manager. He was mysterious and colorful, and, under his guidance, his one and only client Elvis reached unimaginable heights. Parker was a master promoter who wasted no time in furthering Presley's image. Tom Parker's involvement in the music industry began as a music promoter in the late 1940s, working with country music stars as Minnie Pearl,Eddy Arnold, June Carter, and Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold, as well as film star Tom Mix. During this time he received the honorary title of 'Colonel' in 1948 from the governor Jimmie Davis, of Louisiana. His involvement with Elvis Presley began when he booked Elvis as the opening act for Canadian singer Snow.On August 15, 1955 Elvis was signed by 'Hank Snow Attractions', a management company jointly owned by singer Hank Snow and 'Colonel' Tom Parker. Shortly thereafter, 'Colonel' Parker took full control and recognizing the limitations of Sun Studios, negotiated a deal with RCA Victor Records who acquired Elvis' Sun contract for $35,000 on November 21, 1955.

 

Colonel Parker At ABC's Nightline Colonel Tom Parker usually declined interviews. but agreed to do this one from las vagas

 


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