[Dixielandjazz] Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker

G. William Oakley gwilliamoakley at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 30 16:26:16 PDT 2003

Hi Jim:
I cenrtainly agree with you regarding Elvis' talent and the video you
reference is a terrific piece of television.  However,  I had the good
fortune of meeting Col. Tom Parker in 1970 and found him to be a most
compelling individual.  We spent an evening together  and his insights into
what makes a star were fascinating.  I would suggest Elvis and Colonel Tom
were a match made in Heaven (maybe even Hill Billy Heaven).
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Beebe" <jbeebe at centurytel.net>
To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 3:08 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] The Blues, Elvis and Dixieland Jazz

Tom Wiggins:

"Without Col. Parker, Elvis could very well have ended up another Pat Boone,
just a nice guy and a pleasant crooner."

Elvis ending up another Pat Boone?  I don't think so. Anybody who doubts
Elvis's powerful talent should view the recently reissued Elvis DVD that
shows him in rehearsal and in Vegas when he reemerged after making movies
for 9 years. It becomes quite clear that he knew what he was doing and what
he wanted.  He clearly acknowledges his influences: Rhythm & blues, Country,
Gospel and Pop.
 # note that the new drummer in Elvis's band, Ronnie Tutt is fabulous and
neatly backs up Elvis's every move.  James Burton, the lead guitarist is a
lesson in superb guitar artistry and also a lesson in unobtrusively backing
up a dynamo like elvis. Elvis's band lays down a swinging groove and is
agumented by a larger band.

Another note * elvis liked Dixieland Jazz and had some in one of his movies.

( I had to get dixieland jazz in here some how so that Bob R wouldn't get
his ire up)

Jim Beebe

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