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|PARKER HOME COULD BE DEMOLISHED?
April 04, 2016 - New York Post / Elvis Express Radio
It’s now or never. At least for an 81-year-old house in Nashville that Elvis Presley frequented.
The three-bedroom stone structure, owned by talent agent and manager Colonel Tom Parker for four decades, is currently on the market for $595,000. Parker’s most famous client
was none other than Elvis Presley, and The King stayed on the premises multiple times while recording 250 songs nearby.
Built in 1935, the house is more than a little vintage, according to the listing photos and Historic Nashville Inc. It has rustic wooden walls (which haven’t changed since Elvis’ day), a
fireplace, wall-to-wall carpeting, a bar in the basement and bathrooms with colorful tile.
Current owner Steve North, 76, bought the house in 1996 for his law practice. “I remember it as a teenager,” North says. “We would drive by the house, and we would look to see if
the pink Cadillac was there. If the pink Cadillac was there, we’d know Elvis was in town.”
When in town, Presley often slept over; Presley and Parker were close. “I don’t think I’d have ever been very big if it wasn’t for him,” said the hitmaker, according to a 1999 book of
The house, which Parker owned from 1953 till 1992, headquartered the official Elvis Presley fan club as well as his publicity department. North says two smaller buildings behind the
main house housed typists, secretaries and other behind-the-scenes staff for the rock ‘n’ roll icon’s empire. Naturally, Parker’s collection of Elvis memorabilia was extensive.
“I’ve seen pictures of the gold lame suit hanging in a closet” in the basement, North says. “I’m talking the sequined jumpsuits that he performed in, tens of thousands of unpublished
photographs, the gold albums. … In 1992, every fan letter Elvis Presley ever received was in that house.” (Parker’s possessions are now at Graceland.)
Now that it’s up for sale, North and his wife, local politician JoAnn, are feeling all shook up with pressure to sell the site to developers, who would destroy it. Since the home first went
on the market in the fall of 2013, North says he’s seen interest from auto parts shops, gas stations and convenience stores.
But preservationists and music historians — not to mention the Norths — are seeking a different sort of buyer. “You could tear it down, build a modern office building and make
more money,” says North. “I would love to find somebody who would appreciate it and preserve it.”
Maybe the Elvis connection will be their good luck charm.