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Did Elvis really fire his manager on stage? the true story

Did Elvis really fire his manager onstage?  the true story

If you are a music lover, you probably know Elvis Presley. The king of rock and roll was a sensation of the 20th century. The American singer obtained numerous records and awards. Her music continued to top the billboards.

The cultural icon was born on January 8, 1935. His single, Heartbreak Hotel, is considered one of the greatest songs of all time. The three-time Grammy winner was also honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018. Elvis’ private and public life, however, was controversial. He represented African-Americans in his songs.

An important part of society saw him as a threat. His acting style and charming personality symbolized him as an erotic figure. Director Baz Luhrmann filmed Elvis’ life from the perspective of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Parker managed Elvis for more than two decades. The film presents important aspects of Elvis’s life. This also includes his on-off relationship with Parker.

Since the movie’s release, fans have been curious as to how true it is. There’s also a scene where Elvis says goodbye to Parker onstage. Let’s find out more about the movie and what happened between Elvis and his manager.

Austin Butler as Elvis Presley (Credits: Entertainment Weekly)

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Everything about the movie Elvis (2022) that you should know

The Australian film will be released in June 2022. It starred Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as his manager, Parker. The musical drama is a huge commercial success. It is the second highest-grossing musical biopic after Bohemian Rhapsody. Austin Butler played the role amazingly. His performance dazzled fans and critics.

He also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor and an Academy Award nomination. The film was also recognized for its direction, cinematography, screenplay, music, costumes, and sound.

He also received praise from Elvis’s family members. The film starred Olivia De Jonge as Priscilla Presley (Elvis’ ex-wife). This popular movie has a rating of 7.4 on IMDB. It’s now available to stream on Apple TV, Prime Video, iTunes, HBO Max, Hulu, and Google Play.

Priscilla Presley with the cast of Elvis at Met Gala 2022

Priscilla Presley with the cast of Elvis at Met Gala 2022 (Credits: Grazia)

This is what happened between Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker

Now here comes the answer. Elvis Presley didn’t fire his manager on stage. However, tension grew between them in Las Vegas. Alanna Nash, the writer of the book The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley, stated that Elvis fired his manager in 1973.

But not in public. Post this. Tom Parker demanded a hefty fine from Elvis. However, the amount is debatable. The film shows that it is 8 million dollars. But, some estimates believe that it is around 2-2.5 million dollars. The singer was unable to pay the huge amount. He had no options left. The duo got back together after this.

This scene was inspired by an incident that occurred in September 1973. Presley was upset onstage when the Las Vegas Hilton fired a Kitchen employee he liked. This also caused an argument between him and Parker. As a result, Elvis fired his manager.

Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker in Elvis

Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker in Elvis (Credits: Koimoi)

Tom Parker had great control over Elvis’s life. This was the main reason for the conflict between them. Parker influenced his professional and personal decisions. It also included his decision to marry Priscilla. But the American actress filed for divorce five years after the marriage. It was in 1973, on Elvis’s 38th birthday. Afterwards, the two remained on cordial terms. Parker helped Elvis start his career.

He brought profitable business for the singer. It included the contract with RCA Victor, television appearances and public relations management. This helped Elvis out of poverty. Elvis wanted to make revolutionary music. But Parker restricted it to commercial feel-good songs. He also disapproved of Presley’s wish for a world tour. He even locked Elvis into a five-year contract with the Las Vegas Casino Residency.

Presley later learned that Parker couldn’t move out of the country because he was an illegal immigrant. It is also said that Parker took half of Elvis’s winnings. But, according to Todd Slaughter, he was only twenty-five percent.

Todd has been the president of the biggest Elvis fan club for fifty years. Even after Presley’s death in 1977, Parker continued to manage his estate. His gambling addiction and multiple health problems made him miserable. The corrupt manager finally died in 1997.

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