The Dark Truth About Elvis Presley’s Controversial Manager

Elvis Presley is known as the King of Rock and Roll, but in order to get that title he had to work hard. For his entire career, there was one man by his side, pushing him to do more and helping him achieve a level of fame that was unheard of at the time. However, that man is probably one of the most controversial characters in history.

Colonel Tom Parker signed on as Presley’s manager in 1956. Ever since, the mystery surrounding him has everyone wondering what the truth is. With so much controversy spanning so many years, it’s a lot to break down, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get started with the truth about where he came from.

Colonel Tom Andrew Parker claimed to have been born in Huntington, West Virginia. He said he worked with carnivals, helping out with elephants and even managed a palm-reading booth, before he realized his talents as a music promoter.

The problem was, if anyone had ever bothered to look into his past, they would find that there was no Tom Parker from West Virginia.

Parker hadn’t even been a Colonel in any military! While he had served in the U.S. Army, he never made it past the rank of private, and was actually released from the army after being diagnosed as a psychopath following a “psychotic breakdown” in the 1930s. When the draft of World War II came around, he allegedly ate so much that he ballooned up to 300 pounds so he would be considered unfit for service.

However the truth about his identity didn’t come out until after Presley’s death. The Colonel made it well into retirement before anyone realized that Parker wasn’t who he claimed to be.

It turned out that “Colonel Tom Parker” was actually not born in West Virgina, but actually was Andreas van Kuijk, born in the Netherlands.

It’s suspected that the Colonel was an illegal immigrant, and worked for a travelling carnival when he first arrived in the country.

However the rumors of his criminal past are even more terrifying than his secret identity…

Bride Sings Elvis While Walking Down The Aisle, Her Groom’s Reaction Has Everyone In Tears

If you need a good excuse to cry today, Allison Dyer has you covered. The Kentucky bride’s unique walk down the aisle is going viral for all the right reasons.

Allison met her groom, Jason Thurman, through their church four years ago. The couple became fast friends, then high school sweethearts, and finally tied the knot last week. They travel together playing music at nearby churches, so it’s no surprise that their musical talent became part of the ceremony.

Allison and Jason are high school sweethearts.Allison Dyer

But Allison says that when she walked down the aisle singing Elvis Presley‘s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Jason was totally surprised. The couple’s wedding photographer caught Jason’s emotional reaction to the song, and the newlywed reveals he was thinking about more than just Allison’s beautiful singing voice during that moment.

“Allison comes from a place where she used to be in an abusive relationship,” Jason told Yahoo Lifestyle, “and to know that someone like me could change that for her is absolutely extraordinary.”

Jason couldn’t disguise his emotional reaction to the song.Sharon Staggs Stone / Facebook

And the happy bride reveals that “I didn’t want a relationship [when we met], but I knew God was telling me he was the one, so I took a leap of faith.”

Four years later it seems like she made the right decision, and all those memories came flooding back to Jason during her incredible performance.

6 Final Resting Places That Became Tourist Traps

Grave sites are holy places where we pay respects to those whom we have loved and lost. But for some people, visiting the graves of people that they have never met is considered a pilgrimage of sorts, especially when it comes to celebrity grave sites. Here are five of the most visited grave sites in the world.

“Old blue eyes” was one of the most polarizing figures in entertainment, ever. His grandiose showmanship, his attitude and personal presence, his alleged ties to organized crime, and his passion for the opposite sex made him a true entertainment icon.

He is buried in Palm Springs, California, alongside a bottle of Jack Daniels and a pack of Camel cigarettes. His epitaph speaks volumes to the way he looked at life, “The Best Is Yet To Come”. Thousands of people visit his grave each year in order to pay homage to one of the best to ever do it.

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Princess Diana was the people’s princess, and I could think of no better place to find her final resting place. She was interred on her family’s property in Althorp, North Hampshire, on Round Oval Island, in the middle of a small lake on the family land.

Her urn can be seen from the shore surrounding the island, and people are allowed to visit the site between July and September, but no one is allowed to step foot on the island itself. Four black swans live on the island and patrol the waters as beautiful sentries.

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Samuel L. Clemens, or as is much more widely known, Mark Twain, is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York. Twain is famous for writing what is considered to be the quintessential American novel, Huckleberry Finn.

Thomas Henegar, the person responsible for overseeing Woodlawn Cemetery says that he would guess that nearly 3000 people come through the gates for a chance to pay their respects to, quite likely, the greatest American writer of all time.  

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