None of us will ever forget the King of Rock n' Roll and the impact he had on our lives during our high school years!   We played his songs on the jukebox and spent hours listening to him on the radio.  Among our most prized possessions were our Elvis 45's records.

Elvis sang one of his most popular songs "Hound Dog" to a real dog when he appeared on the Steve Allen Show.  He got the nickname Elvis the Pelvis when he performed on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre.  On September 9, 1956 Elvis was a guest on the Ed Sullivan show.  Because of Elvis' acquired nickname, Ed Sullivan insisted he be filmed only from the waist up.  On the Sullivan show, Elvis sang: Don't Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, Hound Dog and Ready Teddy.   Many parents were horrified and concerned that their children were being exposed to Elvis on national television.  They were worried about the influence Rock n' Roll music would have on their kids.  However, it was estimated that 60 million people tuned into the Ed Sullivan show to see Elvis  (the largest single audience in television history).  Elvis made a total of 3 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Elvis' first Number 1 hit (Heartbreak Hotel) was recorded in February of 1956.  Heartbreak Hotel became his first million dollar record  and the biggest selling song of 1956.  Eight of Elvis' lifetime Top Ten songs are from the Fifties.  He charted more songs on Billboard's Top 100 than any other artist.  He had the greatest number of consecutive #1 hits (10) and spent more weeks at the top of the charts than any other artist. (80)

We were truly fortunate to have been part of the Elvis era!  Listed below are some of his songs which we will always remember.

 

   

Songs that charted #1*

1956 Songs

1957 Songs

Heartbreak Hotel *

Love Me

I Want You, I Need You, I love You*

Too Much*

Hound Dog*

All Shook Up*

Love Me Tender*

Teddy Bear*

Don't Be Cruel*

Loving You*

 

Jailhouse Rock*

1958 Songs

1959 Songs

Don't

A Fool Such As I

I beg of You

Need Your Love Tonight

Wear My Ring Around Your Neck

A Big Hunk Of Love*

Hard Headed Woman*

 

One Night

 

I Got Stung

 
   

 

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