As depicted in Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 ELVIS movie, it was a legendary moment in music history on June 5, 1956 when Elvis appeared on The Milton Berle Show for the second time. He was singing his yet-to-be recorded future hit single “Hound Dog.” Instead of ending the song at the appropriate verse, something came over Elvis… Read More Who told Elvis Presley to bump and grind for Hound Dog?
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
2016 marks the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s breakthrough year, 1956. To commemorate this milestone, Sherry Management has put together an original-themed concert tour called A Tribute to Elvis ’56. The tour travels to many cities that Elvis Presley performed in back in 1956 when Presley was on his way rising to the top. The… Read More Elvis tribute artist, Cody Slaughter, recreates Elvis Presley ’56 concert tour
On June 30, 1956, an iconic photograph of Elvis Presley kissing an unidentified woman was taken backstage at The Mosque Theater in Richmond, Virginia. Photographer Alfred Wertheimer just happened to capture Presley in a private moment flirtatiously touching tongues with a young woman. Diane Keaton would call it “the most erotic photograph ever made.” Wertheimer,… Read More Elvis Presley’s 55-year kissing mystery
On March 23, 1956, Elvis Presley’s self-titled first album was officially released by his new record company, RCA. The album featured new songs recorded at RCA studios in January 1956 as well as songs Elvis recorded in 1954 and 1955 for Sun Records. Elvis Presley became the first album in the history of RCA Victor… Read More Why “Heartbreak Hotel” was not on Elvis Presley’s first album
Long before Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream album or his Las Vegas shows in the 1970s, Elvis performed with an orchestra to sing a jazzy version of “Heartbreak Hotel”. While most would agree that the result was less than desirable, the performance of Presley with the Dorsey Brothers orchestra in 1956 was actually the… Read More When Elvis Presley sang ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ on TV for the first time, it was a peculiar jazzy version
Heartbreak Hotel “put Elvis Presley on the show business map and altered pop culture forever.” – Ace Collins, Untold Gold While most music historians agree that the first rock and roll record was “That’s All Right” by Elvis Presley released in July 1954, the record that really shook the world was “Heartbreak Hotel” released 18… Read More The impact of Elvis Presley’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ 60 years later