The Singing Telegram: Alive & Well in Seattle

In 1933 the singing telegram was invented by Western Union. Telegrams had long been associated with death and bad news and this was an attempt to make them more lighthearted and popular. Singing telegrams went strong until the invention of the telephone and in 1975 Western Union canceled their singing telegram service.

But the old fashioned singing telegrams are still happening in modern times. It's something I was unaware of until my friend Leeni posted on Facebook about a job she had that day that involved dressing up like a yellow chicken.

"I've been a singing gorilla, Britney Spears, I've been Cher, Celine Dion, J-Lo, Jessica Simpson, Amy Winehouse a singing chicken. Someone actually asked me to be Angelina Jolie as Tomb Raider. That was very specific. I was a singing television once."

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Big wigs, fun gigs

  Live Wires Entertainment's impersonators
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  Sharon Galloway, leaning on the railing, owner of Live Wires booking agency, is surrounded by impersonators who work for her: Philip Edward as Elvis, Lisa Gallo as Marilyn Monroe and Brian Lovelace as a stripper.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Big wigs, fun gigs become way of life for versatile booking service


Sharon Galloway wouldn't be startled if Zeppo Marx, Snow White, the Blues Brothers and a stripper all emerged arm in arm from behind her Lake City bungalow.

In fact, the 61-year-old actress, who owns and runs the Live Wires booking agency from her home, would be delighted.

The smoky-voiced grandmother is building a costume area inside a new garage, where her stable of 200 actors, singers and dancers can easily pick up company-owned clothing and props as they head out for the roughly 35 gigs a week she arranges for them.

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An Elf's Life: Second Fiddle to the Big Guy


His shoes aren’t wingtips or sneakers, but elf Shawn Law is just another passerby at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street as holiday shoppers go about their business.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

An elf's life: second fiddle to the big guy
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They are out there, barely noticed without even the dignity of being behind the scenes, mere day laborers in a winter wonderland.

Yes, Christmas elves are little more than bulbs around Santa's vanity mirror. But it's Christmas time, you say; why shouldn't Santas get all the glory?

Consider this: Who's providing the grunt work? Who's lifting those kids and putting them on all those jolly Santas' laps? "Those useless tubs of lard," growls elf Roger Tompkins in a weak moment. "They get to sit."

Would Santa hoof it through downtown malls with someone dressed as a credit card? Would he parade along Seattle's waterfront for three hours with a sad-looking reindeer?

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