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Bear With Me: 1956

Bear With Me: 1956

May 1956. Memphis, Tennessee. "Elvis Presley at home with his mother, Gladys." 35mm negative from photos by Philip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "Elvis Presley -- He Can't Be, but He Is." View full size.

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Yes, it's Parker

Cyberian is correct. That's Andreas van Kuijk, aka Colonel Tom Parker. Is likely from his early WSM days as a manager for Eddy Arnold. Here is a better copy, signed of the photo in question.

Who's in the picture?

Colonel Tom Parker, complete w/ string tie. Sans cigar or cigarette.

[Below, Tom on the left and Red on the right. - Dave]

re: Who's in the picture

Red Foley?

[It could be. The first song Elvis performed in public (at age 10) was Red's "Old Shep."- Dave]

Who's in the picture?

There's a healthy debate on my FB timeline of people trying to guess who that country music performer is in the photo. Do any Shorpyites know? We've eliminated all of the more obvious ones from the era: Hank Locklin, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jimmy Dickens, Hank Thomson, Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Cowboy Copas, etc.

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