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Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:36 am

I'm reading Sir Roger Moore's autobiography, My Word Is My Bond, which has just been released.

He was friends with a singer called Dot Squires in the 50s and 60s, and spent some time with her in LA.

On page 135, during an unspecified time in the 50s, he writes:

"Dot continued to travel between Britain and America when I was out there, in between her tours and engagements. In LA, she appeared at the Moulin Rouge club in Hollywood. One of her biggest fans was a young Elvis Presley, who attended most of her performances and repeatedly asked her to sing 'This Is My Mother's Day!' He came backstage and, being very nervous, introduced himself to me - as though I didn't know who he was.
'Hello, I'm Roger,' I said.
'How are you, sir?' he asked. 'Lovely to meet you, sir.' He insisted on calling me 'sir' throughout our brief chat, and acted as though he was in awe of me. Him! In awe of me!
Elvis told Dot how much he admired her and hoped he might have just a little of the success she had achieved. If only he knew. If only I knew! I'd have signed him up, as I was, after all, an 'actor-manager'."


Interesting.

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:49 am

Scott wrote:Roger Moore's autobiography, My Word Is My Bond,


Clever (but the typical cheesey-celebrity title)

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:55 am

IMETJB wrote:
Scott wrote:Roger Moore's autobiography, My Word Is My Bond,


Clever (but the typical cheesey-celebrity title)


Yeah, I know. But he was the best cheesiest Bond. His Bond flicks had a great sense of fun to them.

The book is a great read so far.

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:24 am

Scott wrote:I'm reading Sir Roger Moore's autobiography, My Word Is My Bond, which has just been released.

He was friends with a singer called Dot Squires in the 50s and 60s, and spent some time with her in LA.

On page 135, during an unspecified time in the 50s, he writes:

"Dot continued to travel between Britain and America when I was out there, in between her tours and engagements. In LA, she appeared at the Moulin Rouge club in Hollywood. One of her biggest fans was a young Elvis Presley, who attended most of her performances and repeatedly asked her to sing 'This Is My Mother's Day!' He came backstage and, being very nervous, introduced himself to me - as though I didn't know who he was.

'Hello, I'm Roger,' I said.

'How are you, sir?' he asked. 'Lovely to meet you, sir.' He insisted on calling me 'sir' throughout our brief chat, and acted as though he was in awe of me. Him! In awe of me!

Elvis told Dot how much he admired her and hoped he might have just a little of the success she had achieved. If only he knew. If only I knew! I'd have signed him up, as I was, after all, an 'actor-manager'."


Interesting.

Interesting, and in dire need of many additional facts. Please read and enjoy!

For one, Roger Moore and Dorothy Squires were married in 1953 and remained a couple until 1961. Is this not in Moore's book?


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Roger Moore, Dorothy Squires, circa 1954

Although Elvis attended Frank Sennes' Moulin Rouge club in Los Angeles at least once ...


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Kitty Dolan, Elvis - Moulin Rouge, March 11, 1958

... it is doubtful he saw Dot's show multiple times.

The song request -- see lyrics below -- implies a chronology after the death of his dear mother in August 1958, yet Squires cut her version of Aussie songwriter -- and musical compadre -- Billy Reid's tune earlier that year. It's on her LP, Sings Billy Reid (Pye, 1958). The lyrics may well be seen as eerily prescient.

Elvis may have visited backstage, but likely just once in 1958, and perhaps it was at the March date pictured above! Presley wouldn't be in Hollywood after that, as Uncle Sam was going to dominate his agenda for a long while.

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This Is My Mother's Day (Reid)

The one I love will always be
Forever in my memory
For all the love she gave to me
This is my mother’s day
Just like an angel, she was there
All joys and sorrows, she would share
Inside my heart, a place is there
This is my mother’s day

I still remember when I was a kid
From all trouble she used to hide me
But now I’m out in this world, all alone
Yet I know she is there to guide me

Though all the years may come and go
I bless her name and proudly so
I want the whole wide world to know
This is my mother’s day

I still remember when I was a kid
From all trouble she used to hide me
But now I’m out in this world, all alone
Yet I know she is there to guide me

Though all the years may come and go
I bless her name and proudly so
I want the whole wide world to know
This is my mother’s day

God bless her and keep her, forever and ever
This is my mother’s day
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Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:01 am

Scott wrote:I'm reading Sir Roger Moore's autobiography, My Word Is My Bond, which has just been released.

He was friends with a singer called Dot Squires in the 50s and 60s, and spent some time with her in LA.

On page 135, during an unspecified time in the 50s, he writes:

"Dot continued to travel between Britain and America when I was out there, in between her tours and engagements. In LA, she appeared at the Moulin Rouge club in Hollywood. One of her biggest fans was a young Elvis Presley, who attended most of her performances and repeatedly asked her to sing 'This Is My Mother's Day!' He came backstage and, being very nervous, introduced himself to me - as though I didn't know who he was.
'Hello, I'm Roger,' I said.
'How are you, sir?' he asked. 'Lovely to meet you, sir.' He insisted on calling me 'sir' throughout our brief chat, and acted as though he was in awe of me. Him! In awe of me!
Elvis told Dot how much he admired her and hoped he might have just a little of the success she had achieved. If only he knew. If only I knew! I'd have signed him up, as I was, after all, an 'actor-manager'."


Interesting.


I'm reading this too, it's a superb book.. I posted the above a little while back.

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:46 pm

I never knew they met, thanks Scott!

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:20 pm

[quote="drjohncarpenter"]

For one, Roger Moore and Dorothy Squires were married in 1953 and remained a couple until 1961. Is this not in Moore's book?

/quote]

It is.

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:09 pm

Interesting thread, Scott. Thanks for alerting us.

And thanks to DJC for fleshing out this mystery.

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:22 pm

R Moore battled a cancer years ago . I hope he s allright 8)

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:51 pm

tcb4 wrote:R Moore battled a cancer years ago . I hope he s allright 8)


He's been doing the rounds here on TV and the radio promoting his book and he seems in fine fettle. Humourous as ever and working hard for UNICEF. The guy's a saint.

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:48 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:For one, Roger Moore and Dorothy Squires were married in 1953 and remained a couple until 1961. Is this not in Moore's book?


Yes, but I didn't want to give that away for anyone who was going to read the book but hadn't yet, and who didn't know much about Roger. So thanks. :roll:

drjohncarpenter wrote:The song request implies a chronology after the death of his dear mother in August 1958


Not necessarily. What, Elvis couldn't have requested the song while Gladys was still alive, even though it's about death and memory? It's still a good song about a mother's love.

***
I can't put this book down; I was up half the night with it. Roger writes in an easy style and tells some piss-funny stories.

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:08 am

Scott wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:For one, Roger Moore and Dorothy Squires were married in 1953 and remained a couple until 1961. Is this not in Moore's book?


Yes, but I didn't want to give that away for anyone who was going to read the book but hadn't yet, and who didn't know much about Roger. So thanks. :roll:

drjohncarpenter wrote:The song request implies a chronology after the death of his dear mother in August 1958


Not necessarily. What, Elvis couldn't have requested the song while Gladys was still alive, even though it's about death and memory? It's still a good song about a mother's love.

***
I can't put this book down; I was up half the night with it. Roger writes in an easy style and tells some piss-funny stories.


...and surprising use of the C word!

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:40 am

Isn't Roger Moore a big supporter of the British conservative party?

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:57 am

Pete Dube wrote:Isn't Roger Moore a big supporter of the British conservative party?


I didn't know that.

I do know he works tirelessly for charity these days...................

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:05 pm

ColinB wrote:I do know he works tirelessly for charity these days...................


Yes, UNICEF, as I mentioned a few posts earlier.

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:38 pm

Scott wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:For one, Roger Moore and Dorothy Squires were married in 1953 and remained a couple until 1961. Is this not in Moore's book?


Yes, but I didn't want to give that away for anyone who was going to read the book but hadn't yet, and who didn't know much about Roger. So thanks. :roll:


Not that the Doc needs "defending" here, but come on, that's a lame excuse! They were married for 15 years, and during the time Roger became famous for his role in "The Saint"... it's hardly a secret!

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:51 pm

:lol: Yes i hope to meet him at his Sydney book signing on Nov 19th! He's always had the BEST humour of almost any Actor i like! :lol:

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:57 am

Hav-A-Tampa wrote:Not that the Doc needs "defending" here, but come on, that's a lame excuse! They were married for 15 years, and during the time Roger became famous for his role in "The Saint"... it's hardly a secret!


Don't be ridiculous.

I didn't know he was married to this woman until I read it ... Didn't know that much about him, to be frank.

YDKM wrote::lol: Yes i hope to meet him at his Sydney book signing on Nov 19th! He's always had the BEST humour of almost any Actor i like! :lol:


Where and when, do you know?

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:20 am

Cryogenic wrote:...thanks to DJC for fleshing out this mystery.

This is what I do -- giving the real fans bang for their forum buck!

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:23 am

Cryogenic wrote:Interesting thread, Scott. Thanks for alerting us.

And thanks to DJC for fleshing out this mystery.


What mystery Cryo?

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:44 am

:lol: Sydney Dymocks on Nov 19th

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:49 am

YDKM wrote::lol: Sydney Dymocks on Nov 19th


Great, thanks.

I suppose they'll only allow people to get books signed if they were purchased there. I have an old Dymocks bag, so I might have to fake it if I decide to front up!

* Edit: The book signing is actually a luncheon at the Grand Ballroom at Star City Casino. $70 for Dymocks members and $85 for non-members.

I really like Roger, but ... pass.

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:57 am

:shock: * Edit: The book signing is actually a luncheon at the Grand Ballroom at Star City Casino. $70 for Dymocks members and $85 for non-members. :shock: :shock:

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:08 am

Roger Moore Luncheon
Date: Wednesday November 19, 2008
Time: 12.30pm
Venue: Star City Hotel, Pirrama Road Pyrmont
Cost: $70 members $85 non members includes a two course meal wine and coffee
SOLD OUT :cry: :? :shock: 2 weeks ago for 900 people! :roll:

Re: Roger Moore met Elvis

Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:35 pm

RM spent 2 hours on a french tv channel 2 weeks ago.
Apparently he can't stand Grace Jones :lol:
Claudia Cardinale :oops: , Ursula Andress :idea: were there & Tony curtis 8) was interviewed from abroad :!: