Oral History Information
Allen Blasco began to smile during his NAMM Oral History interview when he spoke about how his mother and father met at Jenkins Music in Kansas City. His father was in charge of the music publishing department of Jenkins and his mother worked in the retail part of the company. Soon after they met, Allen’s father noticed his future wife was a great writer and asked if she would write a song. He had a melody in mind and that song, in 1948, became the song of the year; “My Happiness.” The song has since been recorded by over 700 artists including Ella Fitzgerald and Connie Francis. The song also holds an important role in rock and roll history as it was the very first song Elvis Presley ever recorded, to hear how he would sound on record.