colonel-parker

Well this is the digital version of my big TAH fan piece. I sent a printed version to Acker and Blacker a few weeks ago, but I’d thought I’d share it with all of you. 

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Elvis Presley at NBC Studios in Burbank, California, June 26, 1968.

A party was held on-set for Colonel Parker to celebrate his fifty-ninth birthday. The show’s writers, Allan Byle and Chris Beard, crafted some alternate lyrics to ‘It Hurts Me’ which Elvis sang to his manager:

It hurts me to see the budget climb up to the sky;
It hurts me when Finkel gives me trouble;
When I see all the money go just for one god-damned TV show,
It hurts me the way that Finkel spends my dough.
The whole town is talkin’ - they’re callin’ me a fool
For listening to Binder’s same old lies;
Finkel calls me - says I've got no choice,
Then hangs up the phone in that damned Rolls Royce;
It hurts me when my tears start to flow.
They promised me, sure, if I would give in
That I would - that I would never go wrong;
But, tell me the truth, is it too much to ask
For one lousy, tired, ol’ Christmas song?

Excerpt from Elvis Files Vol. 4.

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

BILTMORE THEATRE

520 WEST 5TH ST.

LOS ANGELES, CAL.

DEAR ANGELA:

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.

                                                               MRS. PARKER & THE COLONEL