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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.


The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

9 Feb

On Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, over 73 million Americans gathered around television sets to see what all the excitement was about.

The Beatles made their live U.S. television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” An estimated 73.7 million Americans watched as the Fab Four  performed “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” While they performed “Till There Was You,” a sign flashed on the screen when John appeared that read, “Sorry, girls, he’s married.”
Sullivan read a telegram to the audience just before the band’s performance that said, “Congratulations on your appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and your visit to America. STOP. We hope your engagement will be successful and your visit pleasant. STOP. Sincerely Elvis and the Colonel.”
A future music star from Britain also performed on the Sullivan show that night. Davy Jones performed as part of the cast of the Broadway show “Oliver” two years before he became a Monkee.

The Beatles appeared on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964 to great anticipation and fanfare as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” had swiftly risen to No. 1 in the charts. Their first appearance on February 9 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music.

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:


The King has left the building!

16 Aug

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thousands of devotees converged on Graceland to mark the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death and got a surprise welcome from the King’s former wife and daughter, the first time Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley have appeared together at the annual gathering.

More than 70,000 fans have flocked to Graceland this week to commemorate the death of the man known as ‘The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll’.

In 1977 an unconscious Elvis Presley is rushed to Baptist Memorial Hospital around 3 p.m. Despite efforts to revive him, Presley is subsequently pronounced dead. At a press conference that evening, medical examiner Dr. Jerry Francisco indicates that the cause of death appeared to be “cardiac arrhythmia,” noting that, “There was severe cardiovascular disease present.”

Elvis, Eddie and The Beatles

21 Jul

July 21. 1956 … Billboard magazine calls Elvis Presley “the most controversial entertainer since Liberace.” The article also notes that Ed Sullivan, who once said Presley would never appear on his show, just signed the singer for three appearances.

July 21, 1958…Eddie Cochran released the rock anthem “Summertime Blues.”

July 21, 1969…The Beatles recorded the John Lennon composition “Come Together. “Come Together” was  eventually released as a double A-side with “Something” and as the opening track of Abbey Road.

“It has been speculated that each verse refers cryptically to each of The Beatles (e.g. “he’s one holy roller” allegedly refers to the spiritually inclined George Harrison; “he got monkey finger, he shoot Coca-Cola” to Ringo, the funny Beatle; “he got Ono sideboard, he one spinal cracker” to Lennon himself; and “got to be good-looking ’cause he’s so hard to see” to Paul); however, it has also been suggested that the song has only a single “pariah-like protagonist” and Lennon was “painting another sardonic self-portrait”.[6] Rolling Stone ranked “Come Together” at #202 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[11] and #9 on their list of The Beatles’ 100 Greatest Songs.[12