Marty Lacker
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jim

Edgecomb, ME

#1 Jan 10, 2010
I have been reading Marty Lacker musings on Elvis information network- I know Marty was friend of Elvis since high school and was foreman for a while and I think co bestman at Elvis wedding-I thought discussion and fans thoughts about him would be interesting since he is still very visable and involved in world of Elvis Presley
candysvett2

AOL

#2 Jan 10, 2010
OH !! you are going to get it.....marty has several lethal enemies on here !!
haa..
Just sit back and watch the insults fly.
jim wrote:
I have been reading Marty Lacker musings on Elvis information network- I know Marty was friend of Elvis since high school and was foreman for a while and I think co bestman at Elvis wedding-I thought discussion and fans thoughts about him would be interesting since he is still very visable and involved in world of Elvis Presley
jim

Edgecomb, ME

#3 Jan 11, 2010
nothing so far-Marty was saying George Klein was full of crap about story of why Elvis recorded in memphis in 69
candysvett2

AOL

#4 Jan 11, 2010
I don't think marty lies about things.
I have read that before about klein not being a good source of info.
jim wrote:
nothing so far-Marty was saying George Klein was full of crap about story of why Elvis recorded in memphis in 69
nina

Ottawa, Canada

#5 Jan 11, 2010
other MM guys have consistently backed up that Marty was responsible for getting Elvis to record there

it's kinda sad that these guys were apparently friends for many years and have fallen out so badly with each other
candysvett2

AOL

#6 Jan 11, 2010
The ORIGINAL MM group of guys are still friends,
Red , sonny, marty, lamar, billy smith..
Joe, and jerry schilling followed the money with priscilla.
Larry geller was a nutcase is my opinion, george klein..ok?
Dave heber wasn't there long,
The stanley's...OH WELL.........
Al strada...ok I guess..
THE the original group still cares for each other.
Watch them on you tube...'memphis mafia remembers'
INtersting take.
nina wrote:
other MM guys have consistently backed up that Marty was responsible for getting Elvis to record there
it's kinda sad that these guys were apparently friends for many years and have fallen out so badly with each other
jim

Edgecomb, ME

#7 Jan 12, 2010
It,s amazing these guys have become famous for being in Memphis Mafia other stars don,t have freinds become famous for just being their friend- not on the level that we have come to know everyone in the life of Elvis
Joe K

Hudson, NY

#8 Jan 12, 2010
I did a three hour interview with Marty , i think he is on the up n up with his stories. Many times its seems like he is the only one that is telling the truth.
Joe K
www.elvis2001.net
candysvett2

AOL

#9 Jan 12, 2010
I agree with you. I think he is sincere, I think he has told the story in the best way he can and he brought out things about the business deals, who elvis was shafted, how elvis was used, and unlike the criticism he gets, his memories are not all bout the drug abuse and the sad things.
He gives a broad spectrum of everything.
I for one believe marty,,,after all, he certainly isn't living the high life off his memories.
I have communicated with him via email on a website and if you want honestly,,then you find marty's photo under the word.
Joe K wrote:
I did a three hour interview with Marty , i think he is on the up n up with his stories. Many times its seems like he is the only one that is telling the truth.
Joe K
www.elvis2001.net
nina

Canada

#10 Jan 12, 2010
candysvett2 wrote:
The ORIGINAL MM group of guys are still friends,...
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that's a good point

I hadn't thought of them in terms of when they joined
nina

Canada

#11 Jan 12, 2010
jim wrote:
It,s amazing these guys have become famous for being in Memphis Mafia other stars don,t have freinds become famous for just being their friend- not on the level that we have come to know everyone in the life of Elvis
other stars have left interviews, memoirs and other things behind that detail their lives

Elvis, as famous as he was, didn't live his life very publically

he left few interviews and the early ones where he was very honest, the reporters didn't ask him serious questions

and later, press conferences were about promoting the event and giving away very little

so, naturally, the public and media had not chpice but to turn to the people who shared his life

and these guys weren't invisible - watch any Elvis movie and you'll see Red and Sony, Joe Esposito, and others in the films - usually the one getting beaten up by Elvis.
candysvett2

AOL

#12 Jan 12, 2010
I think had Elvis been more public he would still be here.
Jackie Gleason told him early on.."don't hide"..
but he did. Maybe gleason could see what was happening.
nina wrote:
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other stars have left interviews, memoirs and other things behind that detail their lives
Elvis, as famous as he was, didn't live his life very publically
he left few interviews and the early ones where he was very honest, the reporters didn't ask him serious questions
and later, press conferences were about promoting the event and giving away very little
so, naturally, the public and media had not chpice but to turn to the people who shared his life
and these guys weren't invisible - watch any Elvis movie and you'll see Red and Sony, Joe Esposito, and others in the films - usually the one getting beaten up by Elvis.
nina

Ottawa, Canada

#13 Jan 13, 2010
candysvett2 wrote:
I think had Elvis been more public he would still be here.
...
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I think Parker wanted people hungry for him and didn't want too much access

In the pre-Parker Days, Elvis was much more accessible for interviews

there's probaly more interviews from 54/55 than all the other years combined

and after the 60's, it was press conferences only - except for that one football stadium one where the reporter got lucky.
Jeff Schrembs

Charles Town, WV

#14 Jan 13, 2010
Anything that Marty Lacker is affiliated with, or any of the remaining members of the Memphis Mafia, should be (a) supported (b) acknowledged (c) respected and (d) supported again and again.
Marty Lacker is as fine a man who is on this Earth and there is a REASON wny Elvis loved/cared for/respected him.
Even though I will put my info/collection about Elvis Presley up against anyone I will NEVER KNOW the pain that Marty Lacker (sadly), his family, and others close to Elvis have felt since he died. I can say that I saw FIRSTHAND, during the time that Elvis' body lay in state, that Vernon was weak/broken/pail and WANTED to do something for the Memphis Mafia guys (monetarily and otherwise) but the legal advise he got "handcuffed him".
Elvis updated his will just a short time before he died, and did not specify anything for the Memphis Mafia, as his intent was SOLELY for Lisa Marie. However, I believe that had Elvis of REALLY BELIEVED his time was "up" that he would have provided for these men because he loved them.
When "Elvis What Happened" came out I was FURIOUS with Red/Sonny/Dave and I thought that they BETRAYED Elvis and his name. It was only after my own (tragic) automobile accident, in my 30's, that I REALLY UNDERSTOOD the chains/control that pain meds can take. NO Memphis Mafia Member, or anyone else, could have broken the hold that these meds had on Elvis but they TRIED and they CARED and they still do.
Anyone who "questions" the honor of Marty Lacker, Red West, Sonny West, Lamar Fike, and/or Billy Smith is either (a) uninformed and/or (b) an idiot.
These men, along with Joe Esposito and others and their loved ones, have NEVER gotten the love/support/respect that they deserved and time is running out.
After all is said and done we have our life, our word, and our reputation. Two of which is passed along to our children and the names of Marty Lacker Red West Sonny West Lamar Fike and Billy Smith deserve the UTMOST respect now...and always.
THANK YOU Memphis Mafia for all you have done, said, and left unsaid.
Take care and God bless.
Jeff Schrembs, Elvis Presley Expert/Author
Jeff Schrembs

Charles Town, WV

#15 Jan 13, 2010
candysvett2 wrote:
I think had Elvis been more public he would still be here.
Jackie Gleason told him early on.."don't hide"..
but he did. Maybe gleason could see what was happening.
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Jeff Schrembs, Elvis Presley Expert/Author responded as follows:
Only those close to Elvis know the times that his life was actually threatened. The first was by a semi-important Mafia Member whose daughter told him she was sleeping with Elvis. The second was by an individual calling from Louisville, KY. Another time was when Colonel Parker received written threat in Las Vegas. Several other times were from husbands, boyfriends, fathers, etc. throughout the years.
The MAJORITY of the threats never made it to the FBI, who was also watching Elvis for other reasons and the FBI Files are "incomplete" and won't be made fully public until 2055, and/or to Law Enforcement. Nonetheless Elvis believed that someone MAY try to kill him like JFK, MLK Jr, and/or Robert Kennedy.
After researching it for an upcoming article the most REAL threat came from, hold onto your chairs ladies and gentlemen, from CHARLES MANSON who (a) disliked Elvis (b) had used Elvis home during remodeling for a "crash pad" and was kicked out (c) had a "kill list" of Celebritys with Elvis Presley on top of the list and (d) has over the past 20+ years given several interviews where he openly talked about a-c.
When you put together Elvis' touring schedule, his career obligations, his having his days/nights "flipped" since childhood (i.e. Elvis suffered from insominia and I can attest FIRSTHAND having it myself since I was born that it is nothing short of a nightmare to deal with), his wanting to be with his family, his knowledge that the Press was "unkind" to him during the 60's in many ways, AND these threats Elvis had NO NEED to do interviews in quantity. However, having an Elvis Presley Collection accumulated for almost 50 years I have OVER 200 "interviews" from 1954 through 1977 many of which were done "off the record" and/or not for public use. Each one is revealing, honest, and memorable.
Elvis gave his Fans his art, his love, and his time. He performed onstage, in more SOLD OUT Concernts, that any performer...ever. I believe that those Concerts were much more "enlightening" than some staged interview would have been now with (as an example) Oprah or anyone else.
Nuff said.
Jeff Schrembs
jim

Edgecomb, ME

#16 Jan 13, 2010
no -not enough said- if your as believable as you sound why not tell us all about what you know on this thread -sounds very interesting-Elvis 75 -year of Elvis you know.
Sweet Daddy Siki nina

Dublin, Ireland

#17 Jan 14, 2010
Most educated commentatorsand Elvis scholars see the Memphis Mafia as parasitic psychophants without any backbone.

“Philip Lean is a ****”

Since: Aug 09

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#18 Jan 14, 2010
Sweet Daddy Siki nina wrote:
psychophants
Wow, Maurice, you've invented a new word.

“Philip Lean is a ****”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#19 Jan 14, 2010
Jeff Schrembs wrote:
Manson had a "kill list" of Celebritys with Elvis Presley on top of the list
Elvis may have been on this list, but he was not at the top.
Jeff Schrembs

Charles Town, WV

#20 Jan 14, 2010
Sweet Daddy Siki nina wrote:
Most educated commentatorsand Elvis scholars see the Memphis Mafia as parasitic psychophants without any backbone.
Dublin, Ireland? Are you serious?
And you are in an Elvis Presley Forum and you think that by typing words makes you right?
HILARIOUS.
Stick to watching men run around chasing white balls, and drinking beer, cheering on their "football" and leave the Elvis Presley facts to those who were there (i.e. Memphis Mafia) and those who know (i.e. me and many others).

Dublin Ireland...HILARIOUS!

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