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|MARTY LACKER ON ELVIS BEING BROKE
July 17, 2016 - Elvis Express Radio
|Back on the 12th, we ran a news article titled "HOW ELVIS DIED ALMOST BROKE, THEN BECAME ONE OF THE RICHEST DEAD CELEBRITIES".
Originally published by online magazine, 'Celebrity Net Worth', the article gave it's findings on why Elvis found himself struggling financially at the end of his life. The publication
came to the conclusion that Elvis' wealth went to four places – real estate, drugs, hangers on, and his divorce.
One of the four is what they call the "Hangers On", and this is what they had to say about them .... "When Presley traveled, his entourage, the group of family members and friends
from high school known as the "Memphis Mafia," always traveled with him. They partied wherever they went, rented women by the hour, and always rode in style. Presley footed
the bill for everything.
Disturbed by public attention and increasingly paranoid about death threats from morality groups, Presley would do things like rent out the entire amusement park, Libertyland, so
that he could ride his favorite roller coaster. He liked to invite massive games to play with his group of friends, the more dangerous the better. One game, called "Whip," involved
firecrackers and Air Force jump suits. The "Memphis Mafia" would regularly purchase $15,000 in firecrackers in order for everyone to play. His hotel rooms in each city were
remodeled to look like the inside of Graceland so he wouldn't feel homesick or disturbed while on the road. He spent lavishly on things for himself, as well, including three pink
In response to this, one of those who they call a "Hanger On" has given his opinion. Marty Lacker was one of Elvis' best men at his wedding and remained a friend until the King's
This is what he had to say ....
"I had to laugh when reading that story about Elvis being broke when he died!
The writer says it's because of four reasons and one of them is much of his money went to, as they stupidly write, his "Hangers On"! I've got their hangers on swinging....
First of all we were NOT paid very much as employee's of Elvis, in actual fact, when I first went to work for him in 1961, I had a wife a one child and he paid me $45.00 per week
(which would be around $357.16 in today's money) and it didn't get much better after that for me or the other Memphis Mafia.
Don't get me wrong, Elvis covered all of our expenses whenever we were on the road, either making movies, touring or in Vegas, but this had to happen because there was no way
we could do it on our pay, but what people don't realise, when we were back at home in Memphis he paid none of our expenses.
I'll tell you all where most of the money that he earned really went to, that was in the pockets of his greedy con man of a manager, Parker, who got the unheard of 50% of what
Elvis rightfully earned.
YES, Elvis spent money like water, freely and he was generous beyond compare at times giving a car or a piece of jewelry or whatever to all of us at some time or other, but you
have to remember, our families couldn't eat a car or a piece of jewelry.
Now, I don't want you to misunderstand me, I'm not complaining, primarily because I and a few others was not there for the so-called money. I'm just effin' sick and tired of these
uninformed people who make these kind of dumb-ass statements about us and him when they don't have a clue as to what they're talking about.
And as for his greedy ex-wife, she ain't exactly a rocket scientist when it comes to business. The only one she owned after their divorce was a bust, a boutique in L.A that she was
a partner in. But, her partner didn't take long to dumped her because as she said really didn't contribute anything to make the business a success. I'll also guarantee you her
lawyers didn't twist her arm to come back for more in a divorce settlement after she accepted the original amount.
People need to check the facts before they mouth off about anyone.
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