Jun 19, 2010, 8:12 AM |

The one that started it all. Recorded the evening of July 5 1954 in Sun Studios Memphis, Tennessee. Three days later,  Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips played "That's All Right" on his Red, Hot, and Blue show. Listeners began phoning in, eager to find out who the singer was. The song never made the national charts but was a regional hit.

The second Milton Berle Show appearance came on June 5, 1956 at NBC's Hollywood studio. Berle persuaded the singer to leave his guitar backstage, advising, "Let 'em see you, son." During the performance, Presley abruptly halted an uptempo rendition of "Hound Dog" with a wave of his arm and launched into a slow, grinding version accentuated with energetic, exaggerated body movements. Presley's gyrations created a storm of controversy. Television critics were outraged:  Ben Gross of the New York Daily News opined that popular music "has reached its lowest depths in the 'grunt and groin' antics of one Elvis Presley. ... Elvis, who rotates his pelvis ... To Presley's displeasure, he soon found himself being referred to as "Elvis the Pelvis".

The Move Years:

 Elvis made 31 movies begining with Love Me Tender in 1956 and ending with Change Of Habit in 1969. He began to concentrate on films after his discharge from the army in 1960 and continued until 1967 when he began to focus more on recording and touring. Here are some scenes from my favorite movies.

Jail House Rock - 1957

GI Blues - 1960

Viva Las Vegas - 1964  My favorite movie, Elvis and Ann-Marget had great chemistry.

Viva Las Vegas - 1964 this has to be the best scene from any movie Elvis made.


Live A Little, Love A Little - 1968

 68 Comeback Special:

Elvis' 68 Comeback Special aired on December 3, 1968 on NBC television. Elvis' informal jamming in front of a small audience in the '68 Comeback Special is regarded as a forerunner of MTV's "Unplugged" series which began in 1989. Despite huge success in both his music and acting careers following his release from the army in 1960, Presley's career had declined steadily in the years leading up to 1968. The special was an opportunity to re-establish the singer's reputation as well as to negate the general feeling that he was "uncool", after years of formulaic movies and recordings of variable quality.

Trouble/Guitar Man - 68 Comeback Special

Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 68 Comeback Special

Baby What Do You Want Me To Do - 68 Comeback Special

If I Can Dream - 68 Comback Special

Aloha From Hawaii:

Aloha From Hawaii was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. It was the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. The concert took place at the International Convention Center Arena in Honolulu  and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe. The United States did not air the show until April 4, 1973.

See See Rider - Aloha From Hawaii 1973

You Gave Me A Mountain - Aloha From Hawaii 1973

Steamroller Blues - Aloha From Hawaii 1973

 An American Trilogy - Aloha From Hawaii 1973

Las Vegas:

 In 1969 Elvis performed his first show at the International to a sold-out crowd and he went on to perform regular engagements at the property for seven years – a total of 837 consecutive sold-out performances in front of 2.5 million people. The hotel became the Hilton in 1971 and over the years more people saw Elvis perform there than anywhere else in the world.

All Shook Up - Las Vegas 1970

Polk Salad Annie - Las Vegas 1970

Suspicious Minds - Las Vegas 1970

The Last Concert:

Elvis' last concert 6-26-77 at the Indiana Market Square Arena, Indianapolis Indiana. He died on August 16, 1977 at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.


My Way - 1977 - The last song Elvis ever performed was "Can't Help Falling In Love"