::"Colonel" Tom Parker
|Colonel Tom Parker|
Parker in 1993.
Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk|
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Marie Francis Mott (m. 1935; her death 1986)
Colonel Thomas Andrew "Tom" Parker (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk; June 26, 1909 – January 21, 1997) was a Dutch-born American talent manager, best known as the manager of Elvis Presley.<ref>Strauss, Neil (January 22, 1997). "Tom Parker is Dead at 87; Controlled Presley's Career". New York Times.</ref> His management of Presley defined the role of masterminding talent management, which involved every facet of the client's life and was seen as central to the success of Presley's career.
"The Colonel" displayed a ruthless devotion to his own financial gain, rather than his client's interests, and took more than the traditional 10–15 percent of his earnings (reaching up to 50 percent by the end of Presley's life). Presley said of Parker, "I don't think I'd have ever been very big if it wasn't for him. He's a very smart man."<ref>Osborne. Elvis: Word for Word. p. 15.</ref><ref>Guralnick, Peter (1995). Last Train to Memphis: Rise of Elvis Presley. Abacus. ISBN 978-0-349-10651-9.</ref> For many years, Parker falsely claimed to have been born in the United States, but it eventually[when?] emerged that he was born in the Netherlands.<ref name="Victor394">Victor, Adam (2008). The Elvis Encyclopedia. Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7156-3816-3.</ref>
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