Hiya Brian, I'll help you out, go for it?? lol
I need your help my fellow Elvis fans I was wondering if you could help me with something important. I would like to send 2 questions to Marty Lacker at elvis-express.com I have been trying for a couple of weeks to send him these questions. but have been unable to do so. If anyone is interested in helping me out post a reply and then I will post the questions I would like to send to him. thank you very much i would really appreciate it.
Hiya Brian, I'll help you out, go for it?? lol
I appreciate all the help everyone has given me over here at tcb-world.com
the problem is when I try to send the questions to Marty at elvis-express.com
It won't send it through I have 2 interesting and important questions I would like to ask him I will post my 2 questions below and I was wondering if you would send them for me Elvis lady and would you please type the questions exactly as I have written them I would greatly appreciate it.
1. Sonny West has said in recent interviews that Colonel Parker was friends with President Lyndon Johnson and members of his administration so the Colonel would have asked him personally to fix a passport up for him to go on a world tour however a overseas tour never happened because of Elvis drug problem at the time and the trouble that would cause going through customs.
In the 60's and 70's there were several big name performers who were busted at border crossings and going through airport security with drugs like the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney in Japan, Johnny Cash was caught crossing the Mexican border and was searched and put in a Mexican Jail for two days for carrying legally prescribed drugs. The Colonel was worried the same thing could have happened to Elvis. I have no reason to doubt Sonny West as he always comes across as an honest person and a straight shooter. I don't think the Colonel was a good manager in a lot of ways but has been unfairly blamed on this issue by Elvis biographers,the media and most Elvis fans
My Questions to you Marty are
1. What is your reaction to this?
2. Did you know the Colonel and LBJ were friends and the Colonel was that connected?
3. Have you asked Sonny about this?
2. I had heard from Joe Esposito and Freddy Bienstock that the Beatles asked Colonel Parker to become there manager after Brian epstien died.
I was talking to some Elvis fans about this who basically called me a liar saying the Beatles would have never asked Colonel to manage them. I responded by saying that Mr. Esposito and Mr. Bienstock were there and would know more about than them and I would take Joe's and Mr. Bienstock's word for it. I was wondering Marty if you could confirm to me that the beatles did in fact offer Colonel the job of becoming there manger and that the Colonel turned them down by saying he would like to but didn't have the time?
Thanks Marty for taking the time to answer my questions
I am a fan of yours personally and enjoy your no nonsense tell it like it was approach to answering questions thanks so much.
I sent Marty your questions.
I also wanted to tell you that the Beatles question is true. I am friends with Charles Stone who worked for Concerts West . He saw a telegram that related to this subject.
I think the same distinction could be made about the Parker/LBJ relationship.
Bob Hope for example was acquainted with 8 or 9 different Presidents- but only claimed a couple were truely friends.
Parker and Johnson were acquaintances.
A newsman asked the Col. point blank one time after seeing the President Johnson and Parker talking in a hotel lobby
"Oh You must know the president pretty well?" Parkers responded
"Well I don't know about that. But he sure knows me doesn't he?"
From all I have read they were total opposites.
LBJ was in the middle of an unpopular war, was only President because JFK was assassinated, he was running a country in the midst of social uprising.
Parker was loud flamboyant and very private about his life away from Elvis he showed little political concern.
IMO Parker also had an ego to match Elvis's and would not want to tarnish his "story" by admitting to anyone he was in the US illegally. That problem of illegal status could have been handled long before Parker ever knew Elvis or Johnson if he had wanted to confront it-it seems (for whatever reason) he did not.
Also I would think Parker would have the sense to see that President Johnson had huge problems much more pressing than working out Parkers illegal status.
Plus, I always got the impression from reading that Parker did not like asking for favors-you did what you agreed to do (on both sides) and nothing more.
Colonel parker was indeed a very connected man who knew 5 president's personally, Senators, governors, Supreme court justices all kinds of people
I can provide a link for you where the Colonel talks about himself and talks about some of the people he knew. Again I don't really want to get into a heated discussion about this as people on another message board has basically called me a liar and a misinformed person over both the Beatles asking the Colonel to be there manager and Elvis drug and personal problems as the real reason for no world tour. You can believe me or not believe it but it is the truth.
Yes, inquiring minds have always wanted to know. Then I tell them...on AEK for almost 5 years and I receive nothing but "NOT SO" Liar liar pants on fire" LOL
Just believe that I know the man, excuse me, I knew the man.. he was wonderful... I am a retired Vet and I also sadly, due to an illness, a retired RN
I have several connections to Elvis, and to some of his friends and/or so called friends....
What would you like me to help you with? Anything special on your mind?
I definately do not wish to get into any squabbles here, and I prefer also not to toss any disrespect for Marty Lacker or anyone else. I also
will bow to no one.
You can understand I hope that I dislike very much when I am called a liar, and I also dislike "Proving" who I am. Some of us like to be unknown.
And compared to many others, I admit that I am pretty much unknown.
Sassy enough to get tossed off of here, and I am not going to let that happen. So I will remain a mystery and a lady.
Great questions, Brian, keep us updated on any responses I hope you get!
Just pretend, I'm holding you, and whispering things soft and low.
And think of me, how it's gonna be and just pretend I didn't go
Mr. Joe Krein I would like to say my appreciation to you one more time if I may thanks for your help. If you read this I was wondering if you would do me another small favor. I know you sometimes post on elvis-collectors.com
I started a thread over there called ''Colonel Parker and the Beatles'' I told everyone over there that the Colonel was indeed offered the job to manage the Beatles after there manager died. I had know this for years as I had heard a lot of people connected with Elvis say this and it's in books written about the Colonel. Immediatelly there was a poster named Dr.Johncarpenter
and a couple of others who discredited everything I was saying by replying back to me that because Elvis career was doing so poorly in 1967 that the beatles never wrote a letter or approached him about it. Dr.johncarpenter is a real know it all and a jerk he automatically replies to me almost everytime I say something by saying I ask that you refrain from posting fantasy over fact and there is no evidence to support my claims. Normally it wouldn't bother me but it has become real annoying because he does it everytime. I was just wondering if you coud post over there again and tell dr.johncarpenter that I am 100% right about it and he is 100% wrong. since you know the Beatles did in fact offer Colonel the Job. it is listed in the off topic section.
If you could do me this small favor for me I will be forever grateful thankyou
There are some people that no matter what you say or do . they are not going to beleive you. Carpentor does not like to be proved wrong. so no matter what you say to him . he is going to diagree. but as long as you know the truth . thats all that matters.
i will say to you again. Charles Stone who worked for Concerts West saw the telegram from the boys asking if he would be there manager.
Thanks for the advice Mr. Krein
Hi Joe K
I was wondering if I ever would like to ask some questions to Marty would you send them to Marty for me?
I would do it myself but my computer won't send the questions for some reason. I was wondering if that would be a problem for you
I also have 2 questions I would like to ask you personally, since you know Charlie Stone personally you might know the answer I was wondering if it was true that besides the Beatles Colonel Parker was approached by Tanya Tuckers Dad Bo (when Tanya Tucker first started in showbusiness at 13) to be her manager but he also turned her down.
I know you or your website has interviewed Sonny West before and I was just wondering if you ever do again could you ask him to elaborate more about the Colonel's friendship with Lyndon Johnson as I am just curious about it and Sonny was the one that brought it to my attention in the first place.