April 3, 1948: The country radio show Louisiana Hayride is first broadcast from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. It launched the career of Elvis Presley and gave Hank Williams his first wide radio audience.
And a little bit more Elvis to end the day. Can you spot him in these two photos?
Top: Backstage pass in the ninth circle of Hell (2009) by John Purlia
Bottom: Lorraine leaps upon the red carpet to get her first delicious taste of paparazzi fame at the 1959 Grammys (2007) by John Purlia
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December 4, 1956: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, later dubbed The Million Dollar Quartet, met for their one and only time at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
On this day in music history: Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977) died in Memphis, Tennessee at his Graceland mansion.
June 27, 1968: Elvis Presley began taping his “Comeback Special”. Commonly referred to as the “‘68 Comeback Special” because it revived Elvis’s career, the soundtrack was released as NBC-TV Special, which became his 34th album.
Elvis Presley performed Hound Dog on the Milton Berle Show on June 5, 1956. Although not his first appearance on the show, it was the first time he was shown head to toe without his guitar blocking that famous pelvis. The performance was scandalous and the Catholic weekly America later headlined with, “Beware of Elvis Presley.”
Hound Dog was initially released as the B-side to the single Don’t Be Cruel.
Elvis Presley’s infamous performance of Hound Dog on the Milton Berle Show, June 5, 1956. It earned him the nickname “Elvis the Pelvis” which he called, “one of the most childish expressions I ever heard, comin’ from an adult.”