The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
Gene Autry was a well-known country singer who knew Colonel Parker through their mutual Nashville connections. Autry and Eddy Arnold, whom the Colonel represented, often toured together for various shows. This original letter addressed to Thomas A. Parker from Gene Autry on Gene Autry Hollywood, California letterhead dated September 20, 1950 states, “Thanks for your letter of August 10th enclosing pictures of all of us taken at the Knickerbocker Hotel. I am sorry I have not answered sooner but have been out of town on location for the past two months and have not had a day in the office. I appreciate your sending along the pictures, and also appreciate your suggestion about the Checkerboard Jamboree show. Don’t know at this time when I might be down that way but I certainly will let you know if I come through. Thanks again, and please give my regards to all the gang. Kindest personal regards. Sincerely, Gene Autry.” The letter is signed in blue ink simply “Gene” with a handwritten note that reads, “This letter was written the day after I left the Coast but was misdirected in the mail when sent to me for signing.” Darker blue ink notation states “Ans Nov 1-50.” The letter, measuring 10 1/ 2 by 7 1/4 inches (26.67 x 18.41 cm), emanates from the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (lot A010) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The letter has typical horizontal fold marks and two punch holes down left side. In Excellent condition overall.