News createt: 30-07-2010 03:00:00
A Beale Street Blues Note Honor
It was announced today that among the honorees to receive a Beale Street Blues Note, the equivalent of a Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star, is former Memkphis Music Industry leader, Marty Lacker.
Lacker started his entertainment career in radio in 1957 and a few years later his former high schoolmate,Elvis Presley, asked Marty to work for him. Marty was with and close to Elvis for 20 years and served as his right hand man for a number of years as well as being his Co-Best Man at his wedding.
However, it was not really his association with Elvis that has brought this honor to him but his years after leaving Presley's payroll to become a vital part of the Memphis and National Music Industry. In 1967 Lacker started Pepper Records at which time he discovered Rita Coolidge and produced her first couple of hits for her. While at Pepper he also produced some young R&B groups with the help and songs of his close friends Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
Shortly after, Lacker was solely responsible for Elvis to return to Memphis to record for the first time in 14 years when Lacker convinced Elvis to record with Chips Moman and his American Studios Rhythm section. resulting in "Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto' as well as other hits. It was a few months after that Moman asked Lacker to run American Studios for him which he did for a couple of years before opening his own company,Mempro,Inc. serving the entire Music Industry.. While at American, Lacker became one of the leaders of the Memphis Music Industry and produced, directed and wrote three highly successful Memphis Music Awards Shows featuring many of the big named artists who recorded in Memphis at the time as well as attended by mnost of the executives of the national music industry.
Lacker also co-founded the Memphis Chapter Of NARAS (Grammys), as well as founded the original Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission,(1972) and was it's first Chairman. He also was Chairman of Memphis Music,Inc., the official organization of the entire Memphis Music Industry.
It is for those accomplishments and others that Lacker was named today, July 29,2010 as one of the honorees to have his name embedded on a Blues Note in the sidewalk of world famous Beale Street in Memphis. The dedication ceremony date will be announced in the near future.
We got this note from Marty:
I would like to thank Henrik Knudsen and Elvis Unlimited for the nice announcement on his great website of the very much appreciated honor I have been selected to receive sometime later this year, The Beale Street Blues Note.
It is always nice when someone is recognized for the accomplishments they had in a business and career that they loved very much as I did the music industry. Naturally a big part of that was a big part of my life, being close to Elvis for so many years. The time I spent in the music industry after I left Elvis' payroll really did not take me away from him and the Memphis Mafia because we still spent much time together in Memphis and some of the tours and Vegas.
I met and was associated with many great artists, musicians, songwriters and producers but none were greater than my brother, Elvis Presley. I am very proud that I was responsible for him doing the '69 Memphis Sessions at American Studios as it made me happy that he once again had a number one record.
Thank you to Henrik and his members in Elvis Unlimited for keeping Elvis' memory alive.
You read it first at Elvis Unlimited.