From Elvis “In the Ghetto”

Eric Wolfson on Elvis becoming an American cultural icon From the moment Elvis entered the Army, he rarely skirted controversy for the rest of his career. To do so threatened to divide the coalition of fans he spent his whole career building, and his domineering manager, “Colonel” Tom Parker wouldn’t have that. Specifically, the Colonel was dead-set against one of Elvis recording one of his now-signature songs, “In the Ghetto,” his first Top 5 U.S. hit in four years and the finale of From Elvis in Memphis. In my book,…