Grelun Landon, 80, a publicist, a mentor to many Nashville music executives and a member of Elvis Presley's inner circle, died Monday in Ojai, California, of age-related ailments.
He was a founding board member of the Country Music Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame and Museum.
Mr. Landon worked at Hill & Range Music in Los Angeles in the 1950s, which became Presley's publishing partner at the direction of his manager, Col. Tom Parker. Mr. Landon later moved to RCA Records.
Mr. Landon also had the singularly difficult job of managing RCA's relationship with Parker and Presley and did it well, becoming a confidant to both. He kept Presley's famous 1960 gold Cadillac — the one with the record player — in his garage for years before persuading Parker to donate it to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.