In early August 1958, Elvis Presley was serving in the army in Fort Hood. His parents had been staying in Texas with him. But his mother Gladys fell ill so on August 8, Elvis insisted that Gladys return to Memphis to be taken care of by her regular doctor. However, by the time Gladys returned… Read More Why Elvis Presley had his mother Gladys’ gravestone replaced
In October 1957, Elvis Presley went to Las Vegas for a much-needed vacation in-between concert appearances. The King of Rock and Roll was riding high and his third movie, Jailhouse Rock, was coming out on October 17. However, Presley skipped the film’s premiere in Memphis so he could spend time in Sin City. Among the many… Read More Such a night: Elvis Presley and Tempest Storm
On January 6, 1957, Elvis Presley made his third and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. That night he performed seven songs. First, a 3-song medley of his top hits: “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”
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