Col Tom Parker was not his name at birth, but the name he adopted in his new country.
Elvis never knew and certainly, Elvis’ parents would never have signed on with him had they known.
In fact, Parker used Canadian singer Hank Snow to get Elvis signed. Even Snow though he was getting half of Elvis.
Parker, because he had the money client, had power in the industry.
To Parker, Elvis was merely the product and Parker himself was the star.
The Snowman League was his private club and the handbook pages were blank.
Certainly there have been con artists, snake oil salesmen and hucksters and all sorts of scam artists and ponzie schemers
but Parker really was the king of the easy deal because he was only into Elvis for what he could get out of Elvis
he didn’t care about Elvis’ music or artistic legacy
just get with the getting was good
He was an exploitation man
what more did we really need to understand?
he probably did have hypnotic machavellian powers over Elvis, Parker was more business and worldly sophisticated.
Elvis chose to live for pleasures because over time, there was no career satisfaction to be gain. And that send him on a spiritual roller coaster that was not publically known.
Today’s Daily Elvis had a note about a meeting between Parker and Elvis about Larry Geller.
This would be around the time Parker made Elvis burn all his spiritual books and limited the access of people to Elvis even more.
Elvis’ last vacation 1977 Hawaii
obviously, Elvis took control sometimes
but Parker sold to any audience who wanted product and he sold all of these