Colonel Tom Parker managed Elvis Presley’s career from 1955 to 1977. Their relationship was probably the most unique artist-manager relationship ever in show business, clearly one of the most successful. The world’s music and pop culture changed forever when the greatest performer of them all joined forces with the man who wrote the book on promotion. Elvis and Colonel Parker made history together. They also shared an abiding friendship that is often overlooked by the press and the general public. -Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises
Elvis would stay with Parker when he was in town recording on Music Row. At his death, the Madison property contained four building full of photos, awards and costumes that provided a complete moment-by-moment record of Elvis’ entire career. In 1987, Parker was invited to work on special projects with Elvis Presley Enterprises. Colonel Parker eventually sold the estimated 35 tons of material to EPE.
In the beginning of 2017, the former home and office of Colonel Tom Parker, manager of Elvis Presley, was scheduled for demolition. Parker, who died in 1997, acquired the house around 1953, just a few years before he began working with Presley. In addition to the three-bedroom home/office where Parker masterminded the rock 'n' roll star's career, the property included an outdoor fire pit and a stone-and-concrete pond, as well as a small building that housed the operations of the Elvis Presley Fan Club. Storytellers Museum teams dismantled the interior within about 3 weeks. After the demolition of the exterior was delayed, the team continued its own dismantling, until we had collected 100 tons of building material, including bricks, shingles, a 250-year old tree, a brick pond, and plans to reassemble the buildings, and share the place that was so pivotal to Elvis’ career.
Pieces of the buildings are on permanent display at the Storytellers Museum and Memorial Garden. These include the knotty wood paneling in the famous photo of Elvis and Parker signing their contracts.
Nashville artist Wayne Brezinka uses paper, paint, and found and repurposed items from Parker’s Madison property to bring a likeness of a young Elvis Presley to life. From the green, yellow, blue, red and white wires from a 1950s-era phone system in Parker's home and office, to obscure artifacts like wall paper samples and 45 RPM records, this three-dimensional portrait is a vibrant study of The King.