By James L. Dickerson
In keeping with exceptional examine and interviews, this authoritative biography of Colonel Tom Parker (1909-1997) contains new revelations and insights into rock music's most famed and infamous supervisor.
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He was twelve or thirteen, at an age when he was just learning the ropes of the carnival business from his father. The twenty-two-year-old Parker was hard to miss: A six-footer, with a pudgy, pear-shaped midsection, he stood out in a crowd. He had a round, friendly face and blue eyes that had a mischievous glint to them. 7 He doesn't recall what city they were in, but he remembers walking the grounds one day when he looked up and saw a new face. He paid attention because carnivals are families, and new members are always scrutinized.
7 He doesn't recall what city they were in, but he remembers walking the grounds one day when he looked up and saw a new face. He paid attention because carnivals are families, and new members are always scrutinized. Tom Parker was behind the counter of a concession stand, standing tall amid the crowded hurly-burly of the midway, selling candied apples with all the fervor of a tent-show evangelist. Sedlmayr is not certain what month Parker signed on with Royal American because all their early records were destroyed when the roof of a show wagon sprang a leak and soaked everything inside with rain water.
He reveled in the attention and in meeting movie stars like Robert Mitchum and Clara Bow. At the end of his engagement, the hotel issued a press release congratulating him on his performance. “He has proven a new theory in our entertainment policy that his folk songs are very much accepted by the Las Vegas public as entertainment,” said the press release.