Yes, now I do remember that interview with Hy Garner and he did say he wanted to be an actor. The trouble was the scripts were not what he had envisioned. He really should have walked away from those films long before he did.
I do think you are right about his apathy Jak. I'd just like to know what caused it.
Yup, me too Jak. It seems like he gave up on that and that wasn't in his character earlier on. I don't get it either. Something caused a change in Elvis that he felt he needed the meds and that in turn may have caused the apathy...don't know. I'm just glad he didn't give up altogether and stopped singing. At least his voice was there until he died.
I still can't get around the no man is an island theory though - I really believe in that.
You are correct Parker worked for Elvis-doing what? To guide and promote Elvis and his career-that was his job. He always told Elvis- When the time is right. He turned down every huge offer which ever came his way for any overseas show or tour. i posted the Alex Shoofey story which is a prime example-he asked for the moon expecting to be turned down-every demand was met-he still turned it down. Unreal.
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I have no doubt that Elvis trusted Parker.My problem is with Elvis not expressing his desires to achieve other things in his career.Elvis was an insecure person.Parker kept the money rolling in and to a point I think that satisfied Elvis.Vernon was the same way.They were very poor and then they were very rich.I dont think Elvis wanted to rock the boat.At anytime Elvis could have picked up the phone and said arrange for a session I want to get some new music down.He could have rehearsed for his live shows and got creative there also.Does everybody realize he even stopped rehearsing for concerts?When you look at the things Elvis had total control over minus Parker he never did a thing on his own.You cant blame the Col for that.
I agree with Diane...Elvis shouldve cut him loose in the late 60s
Thought I would share this ~ (she has a comment about the col)
Nice article Vissie, thanks for posting. I'm almost 100% convinced Elvis was suffering from depression and the drugs compounded it. He just couldn't seem to make his mind up on anything anymore.
Left me speechless!!
Nothing could save Elvis at this point!
He always seemed so compassionate about his fans, didn't he?
I heard her tell that story on the Vicky Lawrence short lived talk show in the late 80s or early 90s. Vickys husband was a make up artist, he was the one who made up Elvis for the concerts which were filmed for the EIC special.
"Was Elvis allowed by Parker to truely interact musically with anyone of his own stature-no"
I have never heard of any indication of Elvis wanting to interact musically with anyone.Please give some examples of Elvis not being allowed these things by the Col.
about the colonel looking @ ELVIS as a meal ticket - ELVIS and vernon knew that the colonel looked at him as a source of income, from the begining, and a good thing to as he was consumed in finding ELVIS PRESLEY work , wheter it was in movies[albeit some real bad ones] , performances, tv appearnces, tours, merchandising, he did what he promised he made ELVIS PRESLEY a millionaire many times over, and the fact that ELVIS PRESLEY was his only client [other than george hamilton] was a great thing as he would only be focused on one client, i don't believe he evertold ELVIS that he would make him the most respectible, incedible actor/performer , he just told hm and vernon that he would make them money, and he acomplished this , even after ELVIS death he was still making ELVIS PRESLEY money.
"Colonel Tom Parker didn't help. I think a monkey could've managed Elvis, and maybe done a better job."