Elvis Presley -
Considered by millions to be the "King of Rock
and Roll," Elvis Aaron Presley, a shy country
boy born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935, went on
to become one of the most popular singers in the
20th century (apologies to Frank Sinatra and the
Graced with a pleasant baritone voice, and a
swiveling set of sexy hipbones, Elvis made his
first television appearance on JACKIE GLEASON'S
STAGE SHOW STARRING TOMMY AND JIMMY DORSEY on
February 11, 1956. He sang "Shake, Rattle &
Roll" and made five more appearances in the
following eight weeks.
Steve Allen saw him perform and scheduled him to
sing on his show on July 1, 1956 singing "Hound
Dog" to a sad-faced
Bassett hound wearing a top
Following that appearance, Presley performed
live from Los Angeles on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW on
September 9, 1956 singing "Don't be Cruel,"
"Love Me Tender," "Reddy Teddy," and "Hound
Dog." And again, on January 7, 1957 when he sang
Elvis later did a "Singer Presents Elvis"
special on December 3, 1968, resurrecting his
old image dressed in tight black leather jacket
In 1973 he starred in "Aloha from Hawaii"
broadcast live worldwide from Honolulu.
Elvis Presley died of a drug overdose on August
A television series called ELVIS/ABC/1990,
produced by his former wife, Priscilla Presley,
premiered on February 6, 1990. A look-alike
actor, Michael St. Gerard portrayed Elvis, as he
lived through the key moments of his early life
and career. See also
HOMES & MANSIONS:
"The Graceland Mansion"
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