Skip to comments.LAMAR FIKE DIES AGED 75 (Member of Elvis Presley's entourage, the Memphis Mafia)
Posted on 01/27/2011 7:43:29 PM PST by lowbridge
The following is an official announcement as made by Marty Lacker on authorisation of Lamar Fike's family... "I have the unfortunate task of officially sadly announcing the passing of Lamar Fike as authorized by his cousin Tommy McDonald who was very close to Lamar and was with him daily in his hospital room in Arlington,Texas. Lamar passed away very peacefully last night, Friday, January 21.
Lamar had been hospitalized since last October 14th and then transferred to the physical therapy wing of the hospital. Unfortunately he did not improve and was sent back to the hospital about a month ago.
Outside of Red West, Lamar was with Elvis the longest and he remained close to him until Elvis' passing. Lamar was also very close to Elvis' mother.
Lamar's wishes to be cremated will be carried out and the Brown,Owen, Brumley Funeral Home, Ft. Worth are handling his funeral. A memorial service will be held in Mart, Texas, one of Lamar's boyhood homes at a date to be announced. He was born in Cleveland, Mississippi on November 11,1935.
Those of us in the Memphis Mafia who remained his friend are greatly saddened by the loss of yet another member of our close group. May G-d Bless his Soul and may he Rest In Peace". Marty Lacker.
Lamar Fike was born in Cleveland, Mississippi in 1935 and moved to Memphis in 1957. He met Elvis in 1954 and would begin working for him in 1957. He would travelled with him for years and then later on he would find himself running the Hill and Range office in Nashville which housed Elvis' publishing companies. During Elvis' concert tours, Lamar became the lighting director and remained with Elvis until his death in 1977.
Pathetic that the name of GOD is printed g-d oin this article.
Right. Beating my breast, here.
Wow, how did I spell in “oin” with the missing “o” in g-d? Honestly it was a mistake.
PS Elvis has left the building!
God has a sense of humor. :-)
Well, Red West is still kicking.
In Jewish tradition, references to g-d must be made with respect. It is forbidden to erase or deface a name of g-d. (While I am not jewish, in this post I express my respect for their custom by following it.) This quote may be informative, and I quote it as is:
“The words God and Lord (Adonai) are often written by many Jews as G-d and L-rd as a way of avoiding writing a name of God, as to avoid the risk of the sin of erasing or defacing the name. Any Hebrew name of God is forbidden to be erased. In Deuteronomy 12:3-4, the Torah exhorts one to destroy idolatry, and from here it is understood not to erase the name of God. However, since this is in English, it is often considered unnecessary since only the Hebrew name is considered God’s actual name, but since God is God’s name in English, it is often done out of a sign of respect and just an extra precaution. There is a dispute to the degree of holiness that the word “God” is. The common rabbinic opinion on whether this applies only to Hebrew names of Godor to the English word “God” as wellis that “God” written in any language other than Hebrew has no holiness and can be erased. So while considered unnecessary, it is still often written with a hyphen as to give the Name proper respect. It is considered necessary by some, a minhag (custom) by most, and not done at all by others. Most Orthodox Jews and many Jews in general will write G-d in this manner. The Orthodox Jewish information website, Aish.com, uses God instead of G-d. They cite the reason that many users coming to the Aish HaTorah website are unfamilar with Judaism and would be initially unfamilar with the spelling G-d, so since it is not required that G-d is written, only preferred, they do not do it. According to their website, spelling it G-d is not according to halacha (Jewish law), so according to “leading Torah scholars”, non-Hebrew names can be erased. Other Jewish websites, such as Chabad.org, spell it G-d, and this is the version commonly found on most Jewish publications.”
“With writing on the computer screen, technically the words are actually erased and rewritten 50 or 60 times a second (”refreshed”). This is no different to erasing the word God or shutting the computer off. Nonetheless, many Jews still write G-d on the computer as a sign of respect, to demonstrate a reference to God is being made.”
(I believe Lamar Fike was Jewish)
The Memphis Mafia didn’t exactly do much to help Elvis with his drug addiction and other unhealthy habits. These guys wanted to milk their affiliation with him (selling baseball caps and t-shirts) but they didn’t do that much for him when it mattered. The typical story of the typical entourage, or posse, just hangers on.
So he was one of the crew who kept Elvis isolated from the world, helping him to remain a recluse while his handlers prospered.
Actually they tried. For example, Red West beat up one of Elvis' dealers. Broke the guys toe and threatened him that he would break more bones much higher if he continued to sell Elvis anything. On other occasions, they would replace Elvis' pills with placebos. When Elvis found out what they were doing, he ordered them to back off.
These guys wanted to milk their affiliation with him (selling baseball caps and t-shirts)
No, that would be Col. Tom Parker. And Elvis gave the guys permission to make a buck off of his name.
No, Elvis was isolated from the world due to his fame. They didnt keep him from anything. And they didnt prosper. Their salaries were really miniscule. When Elvis died, for example, Billy Smith and his wife decided to move to Mississippi to live closer to his wife's family. They used to live on the Graceland property in a mobile home. They wanted to take the home with them, but Elvis' daddy (Vernon) wouldnt allow it. Billy pointed out that Elvis bought the house for him and his wife, so it belonged to them, but Vernon couldnt be budged. So Billy declared that he will take the furniture with them. Vernon said the furniture stays with the mobile home. There was nothing Billy could do. Whats more he and his wife had to sell all of their Elvis memorabilia, everything Elvis gave them, just so they could afford the move to Mississippi and have something to live on. Billy went to work for the railroad but he got injured on the job. When Graceland was opened for tours, he wound up working there as a tour guide for a short while. So much for prospering.
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