Tom “Colonel Tom” Parker

Tom “Colonel Tom” Parker

Birth
Breda, Breda Municipality, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Death 22 Jan 1997 (aged 87)
Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Burial Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 12166 · View Source
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Manager for Elvis Presley. He was born in The Netherlands, Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk in Holland. At the age of eighteen he came to the United States, changed his name and joined the army. After serving in the army he traveled with the circus, before settling in Tampa, Florida where he worked as a dog catcher and owner of a pet cemetery. In the late 1940's he began a successful career as a music promoter. During this time Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis bestowed upon him the honorary title of "Colonel". His early clients included Eddie Arnold, Minnie Pearl, and Hank Snow. His affiliation with Presley began when he booked him as an opening act for Snow. He became Presley's agent in 1955. His critics accuse him of exploiting his most famous client, while his fans say he was the driving force behind Presley's success. After Presley's death he became embroiled in controversy with the entertainer's family over the singer's estate. The dispute was settled six years after Presley's death, when he sold some master recordings of Presley to RCA for two million dollars and dropped his claims to the estate. In 1980 he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he worked as an entertainment adviser for Hilton Hotels. Palm Desert Memorial was his cremation location only. The whereabouts of his cremains is unknown at this time.

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  • Added: 2 Sep 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 12166
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tom “Colonel Tom” Parker (28 Jun 1909–22 Jan 1997), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12166, citing Palm Desert Memorial, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .