August 16, 2016

Elvis Presley died thirty-nine years ago today but the money keeps rolling in.

Presley earned vast sums of money durIng his lifetime, and his estate has earned much, much more since 1977. His music and his movies continune to sell, regardless of quality, which was very...

August 18, 2015

When Colonel Tom Parker was fired by Eddy Arnold in 1953, he immediately started working with young hillbilly singer Tommy Sands.

 

Aged just sixteen, he was already a eight-year showbusiness veteran and had sung on The Louisiana Hayride radio show and recorded a single...

August 17, 2015

During the early 1950s, Colonel Tom Parker was exclusively managing the hugely successful country singer Eddy Arnold. But Parker had become bored and part of him longed to get back to grass roots. He knew two useful guys out of Chicago, Al Dvorin and Tom Diskin: Dvorin...

Above all things. Colonel Tom Parker loved "playing the game". By nature he was a practical joker and would happily spend $10 to con you out of $1.

 

His most famous and long-standing joke was his own private club named The Snowmen's League of America, which was a pun on...

August 6, 2015

During the 1940s and 1950s, Songbook Folio sales were a regular part of a country musician's income. His publishers would print a selection of his popular hits in a booklet format which would be sold before shows and during the interval. Country superstar Roy Acuff, ev...

August 5, 2015

Although we now think of it as a definitive Elvis recording, for most Southern listeners in 1955, "That's All Right" was a hit song for Marty Robbins, not Elvis Presley. 

 

Robbins recorded it in December 1954 after Elvis' ground-breaking debut Sun record release began t...

July 20, 2015

 

During the 1940s, Tom Parker assembled a team around Eddy Arnold that he would eventually use with Elvis Presley in the 1950s. In order to better understand how Elvis' career progreesed, one might simply look at what Parker did with his first substantial client, The...

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