Longtime television director Marty Pasetta, right, is photographed with Elvis Presley. Pasetta directed numerous live television programs including Presley's 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert.(Photo: courtesy of Marty Pasetta)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The telegram sent by Elvis Presley to his parents in November 1954 gives a glimpse into the young singer's sense of responsibility and his optimism, as he begins what will become an influential career as a rock 'n' roll icon and cultural phenomenon.
The note, which is being displayed in an exhibit at Graceland, was sent from Houston by Presley to his parents, Vernon and Gladys, in Memphis. It informs them that he sent money to pay the bills, and more will be coming.
The exhibit, which opens Monday, commemorates the 60 years since Presley cut his first record, "That's All Right," at Sun Studio in July 1954. It was played on the radio days later, and some believe its release marked the birth of rock 'n' roll.
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