Are You Persistent and Audacious? Jerry Weintraub’s Story

Until his afterlife a brace of years ago, Jerry Weintraub was a fable (in his own time) in the ball business. The able showman, he answer concerts (including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, etc.) and produced movies (including Nashville, Diner, Ocean’s 11, 12, 13, The Karate Kid).

From Rich Cohen in Vanity Fair at the time of Weintraub’s death:

“He came out of New York in the aboriginal 60s with annihilation but his wit and agreeableness and agrarian admiration to acquaintance all activity has to offer. He concluded up with the acclaim and abundance and acreage and the blow of it, but mostly the man had friends. He knew everyone. He was everyone’s key guy. He was the guy abaft the guy. He was the guy abaft the guy abaft the guy. And the guy abaft that.

The account of his death, at whatever age Jerry was claiming at the time – like his admired affectionate of weather, it was usually about in the top 70s to low 80s – comes as a abundant shock and a ailing joke. There will never be addition like him. It took the absolute parents in the absolute adjacency at the absolute moment to actualize Jerry Weintraub. If you accompanied him on a exact jag, you never forgot the voice. Yes, there were the aflame eyes and the ample amateur and the big easily and the huge beam and the abnormally aristocratic grin, but mostly there was the voice. Funny, wise, sardonic, and warm, it got in your arch and backward there. Even now, if I’m about to cop out or accord up or accord in, I apprehend it: “Don’t be a schmuck. Keep going. It’s gonna be great.”

As is the case with a lot of acknowledged people, his backstory wasn’t all allure and riches. He was a grinder, initially toiling in New York City with two ally and booking mostly second-tier entertainers into baby venues. Eventually those two ally confused to Los Angeles and opened a west coffer office. Weintraub followed them some time later. Fast forward.

Elvis Presley had spent the 1960s abundantly out of the accessible eye. He fabricated annal and films, but for eight years he fabricated no concert appearances – NONE! Jerry had the adventurous abstraction to yield Elvis on tour. He knew no one affiliated to Elvis but somehow managed to access the buzz amount of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’s allegorical manager.

He alleged the Colonel and explained what he capital to do. Parker listened and affably said “no acknowledge you!” For the next YEAR, Weintraub alleged Colonel Parker EVERY DAY. Somehow he believed that eventually the Colonel would accord in.

One day Jerry’s buzz rang, and it was Parker. “You still wish to yield my boy on tour?” he asked. Afterwards accepting off of the floor, Weintraub answered “of course.” Again Colonel Parker proceeded to acquaint Jerry that if he capital to do it, he should appearance up in Las Vegas with a actor dollars (when a actor dollars was a ton of money) at a specific time – array of a down payment. Jerry agreed but there was one big problem: He didn’t accept a actor dollars, and he knew no one who would accord him the million, let abandoned aural the bound time anatomy the Colonel demanded.

He got on the buzz and alleged anybody he knew. No luck. Finally a acquaintance in New York mentioned that he knew a guy in Seattle with a lot of money who aswell happened to be an Elvis fan. Jerry alleged him and afterwards proposing the idea, the guy agreed to forward him a actor dollars. No contract; no guarantees; absolutely unsecured.

Weintraub asked the guy to wire a cashier’s analysis to a coffer in Las Vegas fabricated out to Elvis Presley but to his (Weintraub’s) attention. Jerry again collection to Las Vegas and on the assigned day and time, he arrested to see if the money had arrived; it had not. He again alleged Colonel Parker and asked for a bit added time. The Colonel agreed. The money accustomed a abbreviate time later.

He delivered the analysis to the Colonel. They agreed to a 50/50 breach on bout proceeds.

At the cessation of the berserk acknowledged tour, the Colonel and Jerry met in Parker’s auberge allowance to accept a acknowledgment and debrief. Weintraub saw several accoutrements and affected they independent clothing. One at a time Parker emptied anniversary on a ample table. They independent cash. Lots of cash. Millions of dollars.

Weintraub inquired as to area the money came from. The Colonel said that this was the gain from the auction of tee shirts, key chains, programs, and added memorabilia.

Jerry had never apparent that abundant banknote and as he stared, the Colonel swung his pikestaff over his arch like an axe and swung it down through the money, adding it in bisected with a affected gesture. He pushed one accumulation of money to one side, and the added accumulation to the added side. He again said that the money on one ancillary was Jerry’s, and the money on the added ancillary was his and Elvis’s.

He looked at Weintraub and said: “I apperceive we didn’t altercate this, but we’re partners, and you should get bisected of everything.” That bisected was several actor dollars.

At the alpha of the tour, Jerry was not a affluent man. At the end, he was a multi-millionaire. His success fueled his aplomb and ambition. He became one of the a lot of acknowledged impresarios in appearance business, managing talent, announcement concerts and bearing movies. Absolutely a story, and absolutely a guy.

My questions for you: If was the endure time you bet on yourself and took a big leap? Do you accept a eyes for your business and activity that is big and bold, or are you agreeable getting just “OK?” Are you adequate allurement for advice if you charge it – banking or contrarily – or are you captivated by fear? Does the articulation in your arch (we all accept one) allege to you in possibilities or limitations; with bouncy abandon or afraid whispers? Are you persistent, and do you persevere behindhand of the obstacles in your way?

The Basement’s Leaking

I am a proud, self-proclaimed nomad, consistently searching for beginning pasture. I can backpack my essentials and be on the alley in beneath 5 minutes. A about already said that it’s simple for me to be drifting because I don’t in fact own anything. But in my eyes, I acquire aggregate that any modern-day itinerant could possibly need. A St. Croix 9 1/2 foot, 6-weight fly rod, a aboriginal laptop, an auto and a GPS. Oh yea, some accouterment and a few claimed hygiene products. But while me and my Buick biscuit can calmly biking to anywhere in a moment’s notice, I do accept a assembly of memories stored in the basements of my happily-divorced parents. I’ve never watched the television shows “Hoarders” or “Intervention”, but one of my ancestors associates just might, one day soon, appoint me to brilliant on an accessible adventure of both.

Now remember, afterwards account this, that you’ll anticipate to yourself, “he couldn’t accept possibly fabricated that getting up.”

I gave abroad my Taiwanese, woman’s boobs-shaped, board beating apparatus and the replica Iranian action axe and alternation mail helmet. It absolutely would be asinine to accept things like that just lying about for no reason. I alone band important crap, things aces of adored accumulator space.

While searching for a bang the added day, I stumbled aloft my archetype of an “acknowledgement of registration” from the Selective Service System. You never know, 35 years later, if your aggressive abstract cachet ability appear up during an application interview. Along with this document, are the assay after-effects that appear what career in which I ability accomplish in the abreast future. “You should accede ‘Truck Driver’. ” Dammit, that’s area I went amiss in life! Stupid restaurants. The after-effects from my DAT assay (Differential Aptitude Test) in fact assume a little bit added on-target. Abstract Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning-in the 95 percentile. Amplitude Relations-30%. I can amount it out myself, just don’t angle so close. That’s how I apprehend it.

In one box of treasures are my blimp bears that I palled about with as a child. Smokey and Jo Jo. Don’t acquaint ’em if you see ’em, but they attending worse-off than I do afterwards all of these years. Now the name “Smokey”, I understand. Smokey the Bear. Belt, hat, brand and everything. But Jo Jo? Inspired by Jo Jo White/ point bouncer for the Boston Celtics? He hadn’t even been drafted into the NBA at this point. Who knows.

There are accoutrements and accoutrements of Valentines Day cards from elementary school. There were no transgender cards accessible aback then. Anybody gave anybody a card. “Be my Valentine, active Ralph”. Not to be a homophobe there Ralph, but I’ve still got a careful eye on you, even afterwards 45 years. As I matured, so did the cards. I kept endless of belletrist and cards from the actual aboriginal adulation of my life. And the additional one. And a brace from a adolescent babe who kept able me all sorts of abandoned acts. Didn’t absolutely like her, but it fabricated for acceptable reading. And what a adventurous little bits I was as a teenager. I wrote a composition for my aboriginal adulation that dreamed about active in a cavern in Bolivia. “Give me a albino and a canteen of rum and aggregate will be alright”. Acceptable try, but it didn’t work.

For some reason, I accept several of my Mother’s brand academy address cards. It was apparently a leveraging/bartering apparatus on canicule that I brought home my own less-than-stellar grades from top school. A quick assay of my academy transcripts shows amazing success in allure and analysis classes (thanks Mrs. Bauserman), but a absolute aloofness in constituent courses such as 16th aeon music. Heck, in my defense, you had to WALK to the library in adjustment to accept to the rockin’ Hans Neusidler and his no-electric-guitar orchestra.

Grandfather Knode was a Chargeless Mason. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Grandad. Along with his arresting affidavit of associates in the backstairs District of Columbia chapter, I’ve kept consistently his masonic accessory and book of by-laws.

Grandmother Knode formed as a secretary for Senator Millard Tydings. A monogrammed board box that sat on his board was accustomed to her by the Senator as a assurance of appreciation, afterwards he larboard appointment in 1950. That board box now sits in my Mom’s basement and contains a compound typed by my Aunt B. The compound is from Grandmother Knode for “24-hour Salad”, which is now a acceptable bowl served annually at our family’s Thanksgiving Day meals.

Grandad Lambert formed during a aeon of time if a man’s chat and a hand-shake meant added than any accounting arrangement anytime did. A cancellation that I have, hand-written in the 1940’s, was apparently accustomed to him as a account admonition by a bounded bushing station; bagged ice and gasoline for the abandoned admirable absolute of $3.10. Obvious amount gouging. There are a few altogether cards from Grandad and Grandma Lambert. And several altogether cards from my Aunt Dot. On her way to ancestors sainthood status, religiously every year, Aunt Dot would forward altogether cards, anniversary absolute a 5 dollar bill, to me, my two sisters and our 23 cousins. Anniversary and every year, no amount area you were living. “How did she even apperceive that I was in Savannah for three months this year?” Even if you didn’t bethink that it was your birthday, you did afterwards you had arrested your mailbox.

There’s an affair of The Weekly World News, the now defunct, mostly fabulous account abridged advertisement which I consistently begin so humorous. My chambermaid adherent at the time had out-nomad-ed me by affective out of our home while I was abroad at work. She afterwards alone off this archetype as some array of aberrant accord offering, alive that I begin the acrimony actual funny. “Redneck Aliens Takeover Trailer Park” The account of a bedmate and wife, who had witnessed the invasion, was stoically captioned as adage “There goes the neighborhood”. I anticipate the giving of this allowance had a double-sarcastic bulletin abaft it. She was acceptable at that.

Fishing was consistently a big allotment of my activity and the basements are brindled with all sorts of fishing relics. A 40 year-old automated fly reel that came army on my actual aboriginal fly rod is still armed with the aboriginal fly line, consistently convalescent with baptize from the Shenandoah. There’s an aged cobweb bassinet bassinet accustomed to me by Neil Armstrong. Not the astronaut, silly. The UPS supply disciplinarian who was a bar associate of abundance years ago up at The Boston Beanery. His uncle had anesthetized abroad and actually gave him the farm. Discovered out in the barn were three aged bamboo fly rods. “Well Neil, those are all Montague rods, ya ability wish to analysis on their value.” A brace of weeks and a brace of accoutrements of dollars later, I accustomed that bassinet bassinet as barometer commission. Safely anchored in a beam arbor congenital by my Dad are addition bisected dozen or so fly rods. Because, you know, you can never accept too abounding fishing rods.

If your buzz amount was (704) 637-4293 and you’re missing the rotary punch off of your telephone, I accept it. Accord me a call.

I already was about a father, but he died in womb. Tucked abroad in a box in the bend of the basement is a account of Andrew, that was accept to advice with the afflicted process. It doesn’t work. The account lies aloft a brace of self-help books accustomed as gifts, one of which is blue-blooded “The Expectant Father”. Wish I had, but I never took the time to apprehend those books.

My one adolescent sister had some austere home-sickness during her aboriginal summer affected experience. A letter that she had beatific from camp, addressed to me and my added sister, was accounting on the additional day at Affected Strawderman. The now abandoned letter already independent a individual stick of chewing gum. The letter read, “The gum is for Robin and Mary”.

I admiration if I anytime paid this parking admission from Dulles airport. I had larboard my car abandoned for two account abreast the airport’s foreground doors, as I helped my Bulgarian associate Lucy with her luggage, in a abrupt attack to bolt her 6 A.M. flight aback home. I assumption that aback I’m captivation the ticket, that’s not a acceptable sign. Wasn’t my car no how.

So an ex-wife came yapping about my abode one day, accusing my of possessing a set of accomplished ceramics that we had accustomed as a marriage present. I whole-heartedly denied any ability of the flowered arrangement of plates and coffee cups, alive dammed able-bodied the analogue of a fifty/fifty split. She gets a hundred percent and I get zero. One afternoon, years later, I’m searching for something ‘really’ important in my baby abundance of memorabilia, if I came beyond box afterwards box blimp with old newspapers. The Fredericksburg Chargeless Lance-Star to be exact. Well, acknowledgment funny, I acclimated to reside in Fredericksburg aback if I was married. Whoops. I’d accord that ceramics set abroad for free, but it seems to accomplish the aliment aftertaste sour. (But a little animus tastes sweet) So in the basement it sits.

Before the canicule that OCD and ADD were invented, my adolescence acquaintance Stan and myself would absorb hours arena with my electric football game. For the unknowledgeable, electric football sets were a small, metal arena acreage acquired to beat by an electric motor, which created movement of the little, artificial figurines of football players. It was actual loud and a lot of fun for a adolescent boy. But getting ever competitive, even at a adolescent age, Stan and I took it to a accomplished new akin of intensity. I accept the circling notebooks, abounding with the plays and formations, that we hand-wrote and developed over time; we even kept abundant statistics of the games. The circling notebooks, the still-functioning arena acreage and six artificial accoutrements abounding of little players cutting their official NFL aggregation colors, are comatose calmly in the basement, next to Coach Lee’s new football playbook handouts that we accustomed already a anniversary afore algebraic chic in my Senior year of top school.

There’s the chicken advantageous rabbit’s bottom that I wore on my Little League uniform’s belt loop. Several engraved covering bracelets and a St. Christopher’s necklace. A Happy Turkey Day card, the turkey account created with the tiny, water-color decrepit larboard duke of my Goddaughter Rachel. An 8mm archetype of “I am a Teenage Werewolf”. I accept to accept confused the one with Mr. Magoo.

Wait a minute, is that Zeppelin on the radio? Acceptable Times, Bad Times… You apperceive I had my share…

Rare Collaborations Between British and American Music Artists Like the Velvet Underground

Just about fifty years ago, Andy Warhol alone the canvas, the screen, and the added aesthetic pursuits that had captivated him all of his life. Instead, he angry against vinyl, area he oversaw the bandage alleged Velvet Underground. The accumulation anon began recording its aboriginal anthology in 1966, even admitting it would not be clearly appear until March of the afterward year.

Several facts about the admission anthology alleged The Velvet Underground and Nico accept accustomed it iconic cachet in the bedrock world. For one, Warhol himself advised the assistant centered anthology cover, an art plan archetypal of the artisan acclaimed for portraits of Campbell’s Soup cans.

More important, the anthology spawned several songs that accept endured fir bisected of a century. “Heroin” and “Waiting for the Man” are two of the a lot of acclaimed of the tracks.

Perhaps the a lot of unappreciated appropriate of the anthology is the actuality that it was completed by a bandage comprised of both American and British members. A lot of groups at that time featured all American associates or all British members, a akin trend that is still the barometer in the music business.

The Velvet Underground was founded by Brooklyn built-in guitarist Lou Reed and Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale. Another New Yorker, Sterling Morrison abutting the group, which became a quartet with the accession of Angus McLise from Connecticut. For the aboriginal album, the bandage added German-born diva Nico, who contributed three songs to the debut.

Since then, apparel bond British and American artists accept been rare. Nevertheless, the few that accept formed did so with abundant success, and actuality are ten of those collaborations amid British and American artists.

Traveling Wilburys

This supergroup was a quintet of Bedrock and Roll Hall of Famers, including a affiliate from The Beatles. George Harrison and Jeff Lynne were the two Brits a part of the Wilburys, while Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison gave the bandage its Americanism.

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

The Beatles bassist had already topped the archive with an American artist, if he and Stevie Wonder partnered up to almanac “Ebony and Ivory.” One anthology later, Sir Paul teamed with Chicagoan Michael Jackson to almanac the accident individual “Say Say Say.”

Elvis Costello and Darryl Hall

Before Costello begin success with Kansas City artisan Burt Bacharach, he accomplished the Top Ten on a affiliation with Darryl Hall. The song, blue-blooded “The Only Flame in Town,” came from the Hall-produced anthology Goodbye Cruel World.

Johnny Marr and Modest Mouse

Marr acquired acclaim as guitarist of the British bandage the Smiths, a bandage he founded with adolescent Brit Morrissey. After their demise, however, Marr helped actuate the Portland based indie rockers who rose to bulge with the advance anthology Good News for People Who Love Bad News.

Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale

Slowhand partnered with the Oklahoma City dejection rocker to almanac the 2006 album, The Road to Escondido.

John Lennon and Harry Nilsson

The two became belled bubbler buddies, but they did administer to aftermath one of Nilsson’s finest albums. The songs on Pussycats rank appropriate up there with bigger hits such as “”Without You” and “Everybody’s Talking.”

The Monkees

The quartet was accumulated for a TV show, but their music is still admired fifty years since. Diva Davy Jones was the abandoned Brit, recording forth ancillary Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork.

Fleetwood Mac

Originally a British dejection bandage formed by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, they adopted a added pop-rock complete already Americans Lindsay Buckingam and Stevie Nicks abutting for Rumours and its self-titled predecessor.

The Pretenders

Chrissy Hynde is from Akron, Ohio, and she abutting with Brits Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott and Martin Chambers to anatomy one of the a lot of constant another bands of the Eighties New Wave.

Robert Plant and Allison Krause

Led Zeppelin’s diva would accept seemed out of abode during the band’s seventies heyday were to yield the date with the avant-garde Queen of Bluegrass. Thirty years later, though, they formed a awful acknowledged partnership.