The question is- was there a way for Elvis to get over the shyness, to open up more, and embrace other types of people....so that he would GROW.
In the situation that we continually describe-NO there was not-there was no one who wanted him to meet new people and make new friends because any growth Elvis might experience...any new friends or interests......were a threat to EVERYONE involved IMO
Colonel wanted Elvis dependent on him, and skeptical of the new people he met.
The guys were employees (and friends) but they to had much to lose if Elvis suddenly had a drastic change in lifestyle and purpose.
Most of the guys, and definitely the Col, hated the religious exploration that Elvis was so fervently involved in...they did not understand why this was important to him and the Colonel did not want Elvis to start questioning anything that might cost Colonel a payday.
All I can say is everyone here agrees Elvis needed challenges and growth-and that was impossible in the guidelines that the Colonel had created to limit any outsider gaining a hand in Elvis's life. That is so obvious to me that it goes without saying.
Elvis should have seen thru this Stealth SNOWMAN-but if its a Stealth attack...its invisible...only Superman could see a Stealth attack-and Elvis was no Superman (no matter how great we know he was)
Elvis bought the conditions-but lets be honest- you can see when he broke from those guidelings (with the help of others) he was happier, healthier and felt the creative juices flow (which helped him in his private life)
It is sad, it is a crime to work against someones best interests in the guise of guiding them properly...
Sam Phillips could have said "
Elvis stays with me in Memphis, and if we can not promote him as well as RCA-thats tough because I am going to make every dime I can off him because thats the best thing for ME" ...he did not.
The Colonel could have also said
"Elvis don't fear meeting others in the business it can be good for you. Don't worry about where you find your good songs just find them. If you want to act seriously I will try to line up one non musical every year-that may not pay you as well, but it will be good for youand your goal to ACT."
Did Parker ever even once suggest these things...no...he wanted the most money and the quickest return on every project...regardless of the effects upon Elvis.
Why did Elvis love to jam, love to just sit and sing-because it was a time of freedom and no worry about the dos and don'ts.