OK, i choose to be Elvis's friend.
Along the way he forged friendships with the likes of Grant, Mitchum, George Peppard, Imelda Marcos and even Elvis Presley's notorious manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The publicist assigned to Hamilton while he was making 1960's "Home From the Hill" for director Vincente Minnelli suggested he give Parker a call about becoming his manager. The Colonel was only handling Elvis but suggested that Hamilton look him up on the MGM lot.
They finally met about six months later and became fast friends. Though the Colonel had the reputation of being a charlatan and even misguiding Presley's career, Hamilton says that was far from reality.
"I saw the Colonel operate and saw what he did for Elvis and how smart he was," said Hamilton. "The Colonel would say to Elvis, 'You can't be in film and on stage at the same time. You don't want to compete with yourself.' Elvis didn't want to work that hard. He liked to be with the Memphis guys. He liked to play paddle tennis and play touch football. And you had a choice -- you could either be Elvis' friend or the Colonel's friend."
This is the first I have ever seen that said Elvis was not a hard worker. I think by the time this is happening, Elvis was tired of making movies and probably was not as interested as before.
A friend of Elvis or the Colonel...........I'll take the gorgeous man with lips like little plump breadfast sausages (Elvis, of course.)
Same here. I don't think any entertainer worked as hard as Elvis did. I liked George Hamilton until this article.
No contest between choosing Elvis or the Colonel. I'll go for the softer, sensitve and caring person every time.
I see nothing wrong with what George Hamilton said about Elvis.
He said Elvis didn't want to tour and do concerts while making a bunch of movies, I wouldn't either if I was in his position.
To bad he didn't those would have been some great shows!!
"How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977
I glanced through this book today at Borders.
Hamilton also talks about his own less than spectacular Vegas opening when he did a singing act and Parker helped get him his total months salary-after the hotel lost money on his first week. Also he talks in his book about Elvis's funeral-he says Elvis looked younger to him than the last time he had seen him alive and that there was a small trickle line of black die on one of Elvis's ears. He was not going to mention it-but Charlie walked up and told him he had just touched up Elvis's hair so he pointed it out to Charlie who took care of it.
He says Parker told him to go back and pay his respects-he told him I already did and Parker said go do it again. So he did.