Elvis Presley appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956. His three appearances on the show would cement his popularity as The King of Rock and Roll and make him a household name. However, this didn’t happen overnight. It took awhile for Presley to be invited to appear on… Read More Why Elvis Presley was censored on The Ed Sullivan Show
Elvis was released from active duty in the army in Germany and returned to the U.S. on March 3, 1960. Just one month later, Presley released his first studio album after his two-year military service called Elvis Is Back! on April 8, 1960. Having been absent from the rock and roll scene for the past two years… Read More Elvis Presley brings sexy back with first post-army album, Elvis Is Back!
“The Lord messed up on me in two ways – he didn’t make me black and didn’t make me a bass singer.” – Elvis Presley “…a lot of people in retrospect attack Elvis for stealin` the black music and making it white. I say Elvis Presley had a black soul with a white face…” –… Read More Elvis Presley and the Black Community: Dispelling the Myths
Every year, thousands of people from around the world travel to the small town of Tupelo, Mississippi to see the two-room shack where Elvis Presley was born. A little known fact is that it was The King of Rock and Roll himself who helped preserve his former home as far back as 1956. That was… Read More How Elvis Presley gave back to Tupelo, Mississippi – the hometown he loved
The most infamous rock and roll meeting of all time occurred when Elvis Presley met The Beatles. On August 27, 1965, John, Paul, George and Ringo along with their manager, publicist and assistants came to Presley’s house on Perugia Way in Los Angeles to meet their rock and roll idol. The Beatles were the ones… Read More When The Beatles Met Elvis Presley
Since Elvis Presley was not a songwriter, he was always on the lookout for a good song to sing. He rose to worldwide fame in the 1950s hailed as The King of Rock and Roll as a result of having an uncanny ability to select the right songs to record that shot to the top… Read More Can you guess which Bob Dylan songs Elvis Presley sang?
Ever wondered why The Beatles made a joke about American vaudeville singer, Sophie Tucker, not once, but twice on national television? When The Beatles performed the song “Till There Was You” live during the Royal Variety Performance in London in November 1963, Paul McCartney introduced the song by saying, “It’s also been recorded by our favorite American group, Sophie… Read More The Beatles’ and Elvis Presley’s connection to legendary singer, Sophie Tucker
On January 23, 1986, Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon took part in the first annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. On behalf of their father, John Lennon, they helped induct Elvis Presley into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Jack Soden, President and Executive Director of Graceland, and Memphis… Read More How John Lennon’s sons helped induct Elvis Presley into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Muhammad Ali is considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. “I’m the Greatest” became Ali’s catchphrase even before it was true. “It’s not bragging if you can back it up,” Ali once said. But there was one person (besides himself) who Ali also called “The Greatest” – The King of Rock… Read More When Muhammad Ali called Elvis Presley “The Greatest”
Filmed in June 1968 and aired later that year in December, the Elvis special on NBC would in later years be referred to as “The Comeback” special. After a 7-year hiatus from live performing and an 8-year gap from his last appearance on television, Elvis starred in his first TV special reminding everyone why he… Read More Don’t call it a comeback! What Elvis Presley really thought of his 1968 TV special