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He held an incredible power over Elvis — most managers take ten or 15 per cent but by the end of Elvis’s career Colonel Tom was taking 50 per cent.
Together with extra payments, it meant he was earning more than the singer.
Colonel Tom (real name Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk) had always had an eye for a quick dollar.
Before managing Elvis he used to paint sparrows yellow and sell them as canaries.
Many think the reason he never toured abroad again was that manager Colonel Tom Parker was an illegal immigrant from Holland and would have been deported if he applied for a US passport.