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Jerry Weintraub, One of Hollywood's most successful promoters & producers Dead at 77
July 07, 2015  /  Various
Born Jerome Charles Weintraub in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 1937. Jerry Weintraub began his career as a talent agent, and has been credited with making "show
business history" by being the first to organize and manage large arena concert tours for singers like Elvis Presley, who Weintraub credits as being the reason he became so
successful as a promoter.

Weintraub wrote he's autobiography a couple of years ago which he called "When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead" and inside the book, the legendary promoter makes several
mentions about his connections with Elvis which includes, "When I was 26, I started with $500, and $500 was a stretch at the time. I had Elvis and we started a tour in Miami Beach
and we ended in San Diego. When I got to San Diego, I walked into the venue and my accountants came over and said: ‘Do you know how much money you’ve made on this tour?’ I
said, ‘No, I have no idea, I just know we’ve been sold out of all the sessions we’re doing and everything’s great.’ And they said, ‘Well, you have $3-million in the bank.’ I said, ‘I have
what? ... That’s not possible.’ I remember pulling back the curtain from backstage and I looked at all the people in the arena, 20,000 people, and it hit me. I said to myself, ‘My God,
my life is never going to be the same. It’s changed. I got it. I did it.’  

Elvis was a total original. I grew up on his music and I loved him and it was like a bolt from heaven and I knew my life would never be the same. It was that moment, it was that
defining moment. In most successful peoples lives, there is a moment that just happens and I knew it was gonna be like that.

Jerry Weintraub, died Monday July 6th 2015 of heart failure in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77.

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