Elvis Presley’s cheeky comment to TV show host about song choice | Music | Entertainment


By 1956, Elvis Presley was quickly becoming a phenomenon across the United States. On October 28, 1956, the Mississippi-born star appeared on television for the second time on The Ed Sullivan Show. By this time, the two had become good friends behind the scenes.

On his second arrival on the show, Elvis performed his hit song Love Me (not to be confused with Love Me Tender) alongside a quartet of hair salons known as Jordanaires.

He introduced the song: “Friends, we would love to do a number for you from our new album. It was released by RCA Victor this week.

“With the help of the Jordanaires, we would like to make one [a song] called Love me. “

The king of rock and roll couldn’t help but look up at Ed Sullivan and make a cheeky comment on the track he was going to sing.

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Elvis finished the introduction with a smile: “He’s new, Ed! The 21-year-old’s comments referred to the music he performed on The Ed Sullivan Show a month earlier. Other than Love Me, Elvis performed the same tunes in his second appearance on October 28 as he did in his first performance on September 9, 1956. He played both Hound Dog and Don’t Be Cruel in each of the televised performances. .

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So, to prevent this from affecting viewers of Ed Sullivan, the King of Rock and Roll was filmed strictly from the waist up.

The star’s performance was highly rated by viewers and fans alike, but he received some criticism.

A Time Magazine reviewer pointed out that Elvis was not liked by all viewers.

The reviewer wrote: “When it was over, parents and critics, as usual, complained about the vulgarity of this weird phenomenon that is kind of to be reckoned with.”

Meanwhile, Ed Sullivan praised Elvis on his performance.

He called Elvis “a really decent and good boy. We’ve never had a more pleasant experience on our show with a big name than the one we’ve had with you.”

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Javier E. Swan