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Elvis Presley - That's All Right (Mama)
1956


Elvis Presley
January 8, 1935 — August 16,1977

The King of Rock 'n'Roll

Pictorial Press
Rex Features
Elvis Presley touring the mid south
Elvis Presley on the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show
Selling Rock & Roll to Middle America — LEFT: Touring extensively through the mid south in 1954, Elvis, Scotty and Bill – billed as The Hillbilly Cat and The Blue Moon Boys – made Elvis a regional sensation. CENTER: Radio broadcasts on "The Louisiana Hayride" spread the word across the south. RIGHT: Television appearances throughout 1956 delivered Elvis Presley, and Rock 'n' Roll, into the living rooms of middle America.


.Featured Sites .

Elvis Presley - the official website
Elvis Presley - original Elvis home page
Elvis Presley - images of Graceland website
the official site
the unofficial site
beautiful images of Elvis' home by Philip Greenspun
Other Recommended Sites
Elvis Australia
comprehensive Australian site
Elvis Presley WebRing
over 100 Elvis links
ElvisNews.com
online Elvis news magazine
ElvisNet
online Elvis fan club

Related Sites


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The Colonel
Elvis and Me
Elvis and the
Memphis Mafia
Inside Graceland
Elvis, Hank and Me: Making History on the Louisiana Hayride
That's Alright Elvis: The Untold Story of Elvis' First Guitarist and Manager, Scotty Moore
Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley
Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley
by Alanna Nash
2003
by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley
Paperback
2005
by Alanna Nash
2005
Elvis' Maid Remembers
by Nancy B Rooks
Paperback
2005


Elvis, Hank
and Me
That's Alright Elvis
Last Train
To Memphis
Careless Love
Elvis, Hank and Me: Making History on the Louisiana Hayride
That's Alright Elvis: The Untold Story of Elvis' First Guitarist and Manager, Scotty Moore
Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley
Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
Making Musical History on the Louisiana Hayride
by Horace Logan,
Bill Sloan
1998
The Untold Story of Elvis's First Guitarist and Manager, Scotty Moore
by Scotty Moore, James L Dickerson
1997
The Rise of Elvis Presley
by Peter Guralnick
1994
The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
by Peter Guralnick
2000

The Elvis Treasures
That's Alright Elvis: The Untold Story of Elvis' First Guitarist and Manager, Scotty Moore
Historic Elvis documents and memorabilia reproduced in collectible form
Book and CD
by Robert Gordon
2002


Other Elvis Presley Titles Available Online
A Life in Music / The Complete Recording Sessions by Ernst Jorgensen
Elvis! Elvis! Elvis! The King And his Movies by Peter Guttmacher
Elvis: Unknown Stories Behind the Legend by Jim Curtin and Renata Ginter
Elvis, Inc : The Fall and Rise of the Presley Empire by Sean O'Neal
The Field Guide To Elvis Shrines by Bill Yenne


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Sunrise
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
Artist of the Century
Elvis Aron Presley
The Silver Box Set
Elvis Presley - Sunrise
Elvis Presley - Artist of the Century
Elvis Aron Presley - The Silver Box Set
BMG/RCA
2 CDs / 38 tracks
original Sun recordings including many outtakes - history in the making!
BMG/RCA
3 CDs / 75 tracks
Box Set
RCA's Memorial Anthology
BMG/RCA
4 CDs / 101 tracks


Other Elvis Presley Recordings Available Online
50,000,000 Fans Can't Be Wrong: Vol 2 (Phantom / 1CD)
Elvis: Collectors Gold (RCA / 3 CDs / 50 tracks)


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Films documenting Elvis

Elvis
VHS | DVD
Elvis '56
VHS | DVD
One Night with You
VHS | DVD
'68 Comeback Special
.VHS | DVD
Lost Home Movies
VHS | DVD
That's the Way it Is
.VHS | DVD
Aloha From Hawaii
VHS | DVD
Elvis and June
VHS | DVD
The Complete Story
VHS | DVD
Elvis and Me
VHS | DVD
Elvis' Lost Love
VHS | DVD
The Lost Performances
VHS | DVD
Elvis in Hollywood
VHS | DVD
Elvis on Tour
VHS | DVD
This is Elvis
VHS | DVD
Elvis Presley: Story of a Legend VHS | DVD
A&E Biography / Item Number: AAE-10425 / Item Number AAE-10425
Priscilla Presley: Keeper of a Dream VHS | DVD
A&E Biography / Item Number: AAE-18547 / 72260 .

Movies starring Elvis
listed chronologically

1956
Love Me Tender
VHS | DVD
1962
Girls! Girls! Girls!
VHS | DVD
1966
Frankie and Johnny
VHS | DVD
1957
Loving You
VHS | DVD
1963
It Happened at...
VHS | DVD
1966
Spinout
VHS | DVD
1957
Jailhouse Rock
VHS | DVD
1963
Fun in Acapulco
VHS | DVD
1966
Easy Come, Easy Go
VHS | DVD
1958
King Creole
VHS | DVD
1964
Kissin'Cousins
VHS | DVD
1967
Double Trouble
VHS | DVD
1960
G.I. Blues
VHS | DVD
1964
Viva Las Vegas
VHS | DVD
1967
Clambake
VHS | DVD
1960
Flaming Star
VHS | DVD
1964
Roustabout
VHS | DVD
(1968)
Stay Away, Joe
VHS | DVD
1961
Wild in the Country
VHS | DVD
1964
Tickle Me
VHS | DVD
1968
Speedway
VHS | DVD
1961
Blue Hawaii
VHS | DVD
1965
Girl Happy
VHS | DVD
1968
Live a Little...
VHS | DVD
1962
Follow That Dream
VHS | DVD
1965
Harum Scarum
VHS | DVD
1969
Charro!
VHS | DVD
1962
Kid Galahad
VHS | DVD
1965
Paradise-Hawaiian Style
VHS | DVD
1969
Change of Habit
VHS | DVD
1969
The Trouble with Girls
VHS | DVD


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The 1956 Television Appearances

Stage Show
early spring '56
The Milton
Berle Show

spring '56
The Steve
Allen Show

summer '56
The Ed Sullivan Show
fall '56
Elvis Presley on Stage Show
Range/Bettmann/UPI

6 appearances
January 28, 1956
February 4, 1956
February 11, 1956
February 18, 1956
March 17, 1956
March 24, 1956

Prior to January 28, 1956, Elvis was a regional phenomenon in the mid south. His 6 appearances on the Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show made Elvis a household word as middle America looked on in amusement. Nobody suspected they were watching the birth of Rock & Roll.
Elvis Presley on The Milton Berle Show
Range/Bettmann/UPI

2 appearances
April 3, 1956
June 5, 1956

During his tours of the mid south Elvis learned that if he wiggled his hips, girls would scream and run off to buy his records. He tried his bump and grind on The Milton Berle Show and outraged middle America. One critic described Elvis as "unspeakably untalented and vulgar." Kids loved him, though. Elvis personified the rebellious spirit of a new generation.

Recommended:
Shock, Rattle & Roll:
Elvis Photographed During The Milton Berle Show
Elvis Presley on the Steve Allen Show
Range/Bettmann/UPI

1 appearance
July 1, 1956

Steve Allen, no big fan of Rock& Roll, decided to have Elvis on his show after seeing the ratings Berle got with Elvis. America was definitely curious, and Allen had a new variety show trying to compete with Ed Sullivan. Aware of the controversy caused on the Berle show, Allen introduced "the new Elvis Presley" now wearing a tuxedo. Despite the fancy duds, Allen's show was demeaning to both Elvis and Country music.
Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show

3 appearances
September 9, 1956
October 28, 1956
January 6, 1957

Ed Sullivan swore Elvis Presley would never appear on his show. That is, until viewers turned away from Sullivan's top-rated show to watch Presley on Allen's show. Sullivan relented, but by now Elvis' contortions had earned him the reputation "Elvis the Pelvis." To prevent further moral outrage, Elvis was televised from the waist up. Notwithstanding, or perhaps because of, Elvis' performances on Sullivan were very popular. Sullivan went out of his way to say that Elvis was "a real decent, fine boy," an endorsement that helped pave the way for Elvis' acceptance by middle America and the music establishment.


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