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?