Elvis Presley’s moniker “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” may be enough to tell music lovers he’s worth a listen. If you’re still not convinced, this performance from 1956 on The Ed Sullivan Show just might make you stan this legendary singer.
Elvis Presley is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. His sound, dancing, clothing, and hairstyles truly revolutionized what it meant to be a famous singer. The advent of fangirls began with Elvis’ performances.
“Hound Dog” was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Big Mama Thorton in 1952. Four years later, Elvis made the tune his own. His version remains one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Music critics list Elvis’ version of “Hound Dog” as a symbol of the Rock ‘n’ Roll revolution of the 1950s. However, his live performances of the song are memorable, not only for the music style but Elvis’ dance moves.
The first time he performed the song on television, two months before The Ed Sullivan Show, was on Milton Berle’s show. Elvis’ provocative dance moves drew the ire of conservative viewers and became the first scandal of his career.
Though there was public outcry concerning his gyrations and leg movements, The Ed Sullivan Show did not shy away from filming Elvis’ dancing. They willingly broadcasted his moves throughout the performance.
Throughout his career, Elvis Presley caught the attention of music lovers from several genres. Rock ‘n’ Roll, Pop, and Country music enthusiasts could all find something to love in Elvis’ music. Enjoy this video as a country boy from Mississippi brings a revolution into millions of American living rooms.