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“Old Shep”

3 Oct

On October 3rd 1945, Elvis Presley made his first ever public appearance  at the age of 10 in a talent contest at the Mississippi, Alabama Dairy Show. He sang  ” Old Shep”, and came in second.


This is obviously a much later version.


Jailhouse Rock!

25 Jan

“Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley became the first single to enter the UK pop chart at #1 on January 25, 1958.

It was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and was released as a 45 rpm single on September 24, 1957, to coincide with the release of Presley’s motion pictureJailhouse Rock.

“Jailhouse Rock, as sung by Elvis Presley is #67 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[1]. It was also named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

B-side Treat Me Nice
Released September 24, 1957
Format 45 rpm single, 78 rpm single
Recorded April 30 1957
Genre Rock and roll
Writer(s) Leiber/Stoller
Producer Leiber/Stoller

Sam Phillips and the Memphis Recording Service

1 Jan

On January 1, 1950, twenty-six-year-old disc jockey Sam Phillips opened his Memphis Recording Service.

This is where the young Elvis Presley made his first recording for his mother  in the summer of 1953. He recorded a two-sided acetate disc: “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”. Presley spent  a total of $3.98 for this project.

Buddy Holly opens for Elvis Presley

15 Oct

Buddy Holly saw Elvis Presley sing in Lubbock at the “Big D Jamboree” in 1955, and began to incorporate a rockabilly style, similar to the Sun Records sound, which had a strong rhythm acoustic and slap bass.[5] On October 15, 1955, Holly, along with Bob Montgomery and Larry Welborn, opened the bill for Presley[6] in Lubbock, catching the eye of a Nashville talent scout.[8] Holly’s transition to rock continued when he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets at a local show organized by Eddie Crandall, the manager for Marty Robbins.[6]

He was a Speed-Crazed Hillbilly, and He Played it First! SUN 209

28 Sep

Daddy-O” Dewey Phillips (May 13, 1926 – September 28, 1968) was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneering disk jockeys, along the lines of Cleveland‘s Alan Freed, before Freed came along.[1

He started his radio career in 1949 on WHBQ/560 in Memphis, and was the city’s leading radio personality for nine years and was the first to simulcast his “Red, Hot & Blue” show on radio and television.

Phillips’ on-air persona was a speed-crazed hillbilly, with a frantic delivery and entertaining sense of humor. However, he also had a keen ear for music the listening public would enjoy, and he aired both black and white music, which was abundant in post-World War II Memphis, a booming river city which attracted large numbers of rural blacks and whites (along with their musical traditions). He played a great deal of rhythm and bluescountry musicboogie-woogie, and jazz as well as Sun Records artists. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to broadcast the young Elvis Presley‘s debut record, “That’s All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky” (Sun 209).

Once on camera, Elvis cleared his throat and said……..

9 Sep

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On September 9, 1956, Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (after earlier appearances on shows hosted by the Dorsey BrothersMilton Berle, and Steve Allen) even though Sullivan had previously vowed never to allow Presley on the show.[9] According to biographer Michael David Harris, “Sullivan signed Presley when the host was having an intense Sunday-night rivalry with Steve Allen. Allen had the singer on July 1 and trounced Sullivan in the ratings. When asked to comment, the CBS star said that he wouldn’t consider presenting Presley before a family audience. Less than two weeks later he changed his mind and signed a contract. The newspapers asked him to explain his reversal. ‘What I said then was off the reports I’d heard. I hadn’t even seen the guy. Seeing the kinescopes, I don’t know what the fuss was all about. For instance, the business about rubbing the thighs. He rubbed one hand on his hip to dry off the perspiration from playing his guitar.’ ”

Sullivan, however, was not able to host his show in New York City because he was recovering from a near fatal automobile accident. Charles Laughton guest-hosted in Sullivan’s place. Laughton appeared in front of plaques with gold records and stated, “These gold records, four of them… are a tribute to the fact that four of his recordings have sold, each sold, more than a million copies. And this, by the way, is the first time in record making history that a singer has hit such a mark in such a short time. …And now, away to Hollywood to meet Elvis Presley.”[12]

Once on camera, Elvis cleared his throat and said, “Thank you, Mr Laughton, ladies and gentlemen. Wow”, and wiped his brow. “This is probably the greatest honor I’ve ever had in my life. Ah. There’s not much I can say except, it really makes you feel good. We want to thank you from the bottom of our heart. And now…” “Don’t Be Cruel“, which was, after a short introduction by Elvis, followed by “Love Me Tender“.[12]

The second time he appeared that night, the camera widened out and the TV audience was able to see Elvis’ now infamous gyrations as he sang “Ready Teddy” and ended with a portion of “Hound Dog.” A record 54 million viewers – nearly 83 percent of America’s TV sets! – were tuned in to the event. The next day, pre-orders for “Love Me Tender” began rolling in, forcing the release of the single to be moved up by weeks.

The complete appearance on Ed Sullivan:


Elvis Booed at the Grand Ole Opry

4 Sep

September 4, 1954 – To coincide with the release of his second Sun single, “Good Rockin’ Tonight“, Elvis, along with Bill Black and Scotty Moore make their first appearance at The Grand Old Opry. Audience reaction is so poor, the Opry’s manager, Jim Denny suggests that Elvis go back to driving a truck.