I feel the same as Cherokee ( by the way, great post) does about most of the guys however I do , also, welcome every new book or interview by them. It paints a different part of the picture and over time, some start to ring true and some come across as contrived and out right rediculous.
About Lamar; Has anyone seen the outtakes of the On Tour movie? The part backstage where Elvis throws water on Lamar and calls him names with everyone else. He apologizes and wipes Lamar off, but you can tell that Lamar is angry but is covering it up and laughing along to stay on the ride. It you watch Lamar and not Elvis in that scene it sums it up for me and it is truly pathetic.
I believe Charlie was a good hearted fellow and loved Elvis dearly. He may have been a yes man and tried to please Elvis too much, but he made Elvis laugh and lightened the load a bit for him. He also worked hard with the band, helping Elvis prepare for Tours, on the tour, on stage, arrangements, harmonies etc.... The way he leans on Charlie on that last tour is testament to how much he needed him and respected him. Just watch the way Elvis looks at him when he is singing "Unchained Melody" in 77.