The Colonel Parker Story is the stuff of myth and legend, as Rob Brydon, a self-confessed Elvis fan and presenter of this two-part BBC Radio series, can testify.
"...For Elvis fans like me, Colonel Tom Parker has always been cast as the villian of the piece: at best, a salesman; at worst, a con-man. For fans, it's a simple equation: Elvis = Good; Colonel = Bad... It's great to find out about the man himself from the people who knew him best," he says.
From Memphis to Vegas, Nashville to New York, Rob seeks out the truth behind the rumours surrounding the King's manager, with contributions from: The Colonel's widow, Loanne Parker, '68 Special producer Steve Binder, guitarist Scotty Moore and hotel and casino magnate Barron Hilton. Rob has exclusive access to members of the charmed inner circle of Elvis's entourage - the infamous "Memphis Mafia" - and to a whole host of stories.
And what stories they are: terrible movie decisions; huge gambling debts that allegedly forced Elvis into a punishing Vegas schedule; Hawaiian shirts and shorts that The Colonel wore to the King's funeral; and the details from his murky past that, even today, get the conspiracy theorists gossiping. There are also exclusive, previously un-broadcast, recordings of the Colonel himself.
Part 1 broadcast Tuesday, 31 January, BBC Radio 2, 8.30 - 9.30pm.
Part 2 broadcast the following week. Tuesday, 7 February.