IMPRESARIOS: The Man Who Sold Parsley

Fawn-colored pants, white shoes, a pink satin shirt with ELVIS embroidered on the back and a small Presley hat decorated with the hero's picture—all these festooned a fat, balding, cigar-smoking man in a four-room executive suite on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. Thomas Andrew ("Colonel") Parker, 49, is the discoverer, manager and part owner of Elvis Presley; although he tries very hard to look every inch a rube, he is known on all horizons of show business as the shrewdest pitchman who ever came out of a small-time carny into the big...

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