I have many differing views on this first of all I`ve always felt that Elvis needed people around him and I feel that he gave them jobs as a way of keeping them there on the payroll.
I`m not saying that he didn`t need certain jobs doing for him but I feel that some of them were perhaps made for the person if you know what I mean.
This is perhaps true when you look at the guys that were around him before he went into the service compared to the amount afterwards when he obviously felt the need for more company due to his emptiness after the loss of his mother.
He certainly did not need the amount of guys that he had during the movie years for instance compared to what he needed when he went back to touring but he needed the companionship 24 hours a day.
Perhaps someone can list all the jobs of the guys and we can put it into perspective.
Thats why I felt they had an easy ride somewhat and I feel a lot of them thought their real job was just to laugh at Elvis`s jokes and be a yes man.
Having said all that though and watched other entertainers with their entourage I have come to the conclusion that stars need people around them, particularly Elvis.
Sammy Davis Jnr once said in an interview about Elvis that "There would always be 10 or 15 people in the room not in his private dressing room but I`m talking about sitting around cause that meant that if he wanted to be alone he could go in there and do whatever he had to do beside getting dressed or he could come out and he had the comradery, he thrived on comradery, he thrived on what he called his family y`know and you read things that people put him down for it, the Elvis entourage, there was no entourage, their people that make you exist because what you gonna do you can`t go up to the top of the Himalayas and sit in a box and say people are no **** good."