Elvis Presley’s manager sold “I Hate Elvis” badges as a way to make money from people who weren’t buying Elvis merchandise

Colonel Tom Parker

Thomas Andrew “Colonel Tom” Parker (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk; June 26, 1909 – January 21, 1997) was the Dutch-born manager of Elvis Presley. Their partnership was uniquely successful, Elvis being an entirely new force in popular music, and Parker an entrepreneurial genius able to market him.

At age 18, Parker had arrived in America by jumping ship, and never held a US passport, even when the 1940 Alien Registration Act would have entitled him to one. This is attributed to his uncertain legal status, possibly connected to police inquiries about a murder in his native Breda. To the puzzlement of overseas fans, he never worked abroad, nor allowed Elvis to do so. His Dutch birth was not revealed for many years.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonel_Tom_Parker#Signing_Elvis_.281956.E2.80.931957.29