Your father may not be in this room, but he’ll always be with us Alan. International Rescue is his gift to the World, everyone in this room is keeping that gift alive. He would be so proud of each and every one of you.
The songs he sang at home each day Pleased his parents in every way This humble home, with love to spare The three together went everywhere
Then came this man, his name was Sam He recorded a song for Elvis’ Mom That’s when everything began
It was Blue Suede Shoes and Blue Moon, too Along with Midnight and Moody Blue It was Elvis here and Elvis there And teddy bears were everywhere It was Don’t Be Cruel and Such a Night And he sang Mama That’s Alright He was All Shook Up and GI Blues And Girls, Girls, Girls and Potluck, too Kissin’ Cousins and Roustabout And then we knew what he was all about
The boy became a man and he carried on To make us happy with his songs We will play your songs from day to day For you really never went away
Colonel Parker (who was Elvis’s manager) sent this telegram to Angela Lansbury on September 5th, 1960, wishing her luck with the opening of her play A Taste of Honey. The play opened a few weeks after the telegram was sent on Broadway, however this was for a performance in Los Angeles. The Peter Shaw mentioned was Lansbury’s husband, who worked for MGM and the William Morris Agency.
COL. TOM PARKER
SEPT. 5, 1960
DAY LETTER PAID
MISS ANGELA LANSBURY
% MRS. PETER SHAW
520 WEST 5TH ST.
LOS ANGELES, CAL.
OUR BEST WISHES AND CONGRATULATIONS ARE WITH YOU ON YOUR OPENING TONIGHT. WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT THE SHOW WILL RUN AS LONG AS WE HOPE TO HAVE PETER WITH US IN OUR ORGANIZATION. BEST TO BOTH OF YOU.