Should call Elvis' mgr. Col. Kink,not Col. Tom.! He had worked out a successfull formula for Elvis, which I'm sure Elvis appreciated, just not the use and abuse program.To Dennis : You are absolutely right!! as I previously stated on past threads, RCA (Presley's
recording label) was using the pressing plants of other recording companies in order to keep up with the public clamor and demand in the wake and aftermath of Presley's death. In fact, in the four months after Elvis Presley's untimely death on August 16,1977, it is estimated that 200 million Presley records were sold worldwide in all formats. RCA's headquarters which was based in Indianapolis Indiana, was itself manufacturing and shipping 3 million Presley units a week. The combined total of pressing plants were shipping and distributing 20 million units a week. This astronomical amount of Presley's record sales kept going strong and in double figures up until June of 1978. Over 100 million albums were sold in the United States alone within that time span. Blanchard Tual a court appointed attorney who was responsible for the removal of Colonel Parker as business executor of the Presley estate, acknowledge these record sales figures in 1981. This led to the Washington Post story divulging that Elvis Aron Presley had surpassed the billion mark in record sales in 1982.
unfortunately, due to the illicit business shenanigans of Presley's manager(Colonel Tom Parker)these record sales have been misfiled, scattered or shredded. I have been told that they have found documentation on these 1977-1979 lost Presley sales. I believe that Carey Sherman (Present RIAA president) and Hillary Rosen
(former RIAA president) have both stated that Presley should be recognized as the best selling artist of all time in the United States. However, until they can locate these lost sales like they did past sales, we will probably never know. As previously stated, only a fraction of Presley's record sales have being formally tabulated and certified in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. Peace out!!
In the end, I feel Elvis' creative flame had been extinguished. Elvis envisioned touring the world and taking his' career to another level, but the Dutchman held him back.