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
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.