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Elvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show : 1956

Dave Marsh, in his insightful musical biography Elvis, writes about the moment Elvis Presley burst upon the American scene via The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show on January 28, 1956. 'In his first appearance on the Dorsey Brothers' TV show, the young singer rocked the world'. Marsh described Elvis' startling rendition of Heartbreak Hotel and concluded, 'He owned the song and he owned the crowd'.

After 17 months of personal appearances all over the south of the USA, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the National American T.V. on the Stage Shows, from Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

Those shows were broadcasted live from the CBS Studios in New York City. Young Elvis The Pelvis first appearance took place in the 28 of January 1956, and was followed by 5 others throughout the next 2 months until the 24 of March 1956. Note the fantastic evolution of the way Elvis is presented by the Dorsey Brothers from the 1st to the 6th show! Ladies and Gentlemen, just sit back and welcome

Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show
CBS Studio New York : 28.01.1956
Elvis Presley Lyrics Shake Rattle & Roll / Flip Flop & Fly
Elvis Presley Lyrics I Got A Woman

Elvis and his band rehearsed at Nola Studios in New York on the morning of Saturday, January 28th. That night the show aired from CBS Studio 50. It was raining and the then-unknown Elvis Presley did not draw a large studio audience. Also appearing on the show were singer Sarah Vaughan and comic Gene Sheldon.

Tommy Dorsey introduced Cleveland disc jockey Bill Randle, who, in turn, introduced Elvis to his first national audience by saying: 'We'd like at this time to introduce to you a young fellow who, like many performers - Johnnie Ray among them - came out of nowhere to be an overnight big star.

This young fellow we saw for the first time while making a movie short. We think tonight that he's going to make television history for you. We'd like you to meet him now - Elvis Presley'.

Elvis wore a black shirt, white tie, dress pants with a shiny stripe, and a tweed jacket. He sang a 'Shake, Rattle & Roll / Flip, Flop & Fly' medley and 'I Got a Woman'. The audience reacted with both shock and interest. The show received an 18.4% ratings share while its competition 'The Perry Como Show' on NBC received a 34.6% share. The option was picked up and Elvis appeared a total of six times on 'Stage Show'.

Elvis was paid $1,250 for each of the six 'Stage Shows' on which he appeared.

Elvis Presley VideoElvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show
CBS Studio New York : 04.02.1956
Elvis Presley Lyrics Baby Let's Play House
Elvis Presley Lyrics Tutti Frutti

Elvis made his second appearance on the 'Stage Show' singing 'Baby let's Play House' and 'Tutti Frutti'. Nielsen ratings for the show were down from the previous week at 18.2% against 38.5% for Perry Como's show.

Elvis Presley VideoElvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show
CBS Studio New York : 11.02.1956
Elvis Presley Lyrics Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis Presley Lyrics Heartbreak Hotel

A snow storm almost prevented Elvis from driving to New York from Charlotte, NC.

With almost no time to spare, Elvis arrived at Studio 50 for his third appearance on the 'Stage Show'. He sang 'Blue Suede Shoes' and finally plugged his latest release, 'Heartbreak Hotel'.

The Dorsey band backed him on the last song and Charley Shavers took the instrumental break on trumpet. Other guests on the show were Ella Fitzgerald and Jackie Miles.

Elvis Presley VideoElvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show
CBS Studio New York : 18.02.1956
Elvis Presley Lyrics Tutti Frutti
Elvis Presley Lyrics I Was The One

Elvis performed for the fourth time on the 'Stage Show'. He sang 'Tutti Frutti' and 'I Was The One'.

Elvis Presley VideoElvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show
CBS Studio New York : 17.03.1956
Elvis Presley Lyrics Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis Presley Lyrics Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis returned to New York for his fifth appearance on 'Stage Show'. The program now aired at 8:30 p.m eastern time, following 'The Jackie Gleason Show'. Also appearing this evening were comedian Henny Youngman and eleven-year old organist Glenn Derringer. Elvis Sang 'Blue Sude Shoes' and 'Heartbreak Hotel' while wearing a black shirt, white tie and a mohair coat.

Elvis Presley VideoElvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show
CBS Studio New York : 24.03.1956
Elvis Presley Lyrics Money Honey
Elvis Presley Lyrics Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis' sixth and final 'Stage Show' appearance was on March 24, 1956.

That night Carl Perkins was to have been on the opposing 'Perry Como Show'. However, Carl had been badly hurt in an automobile accident on the way to New York. That night on 'Stage Show', Elvis sang 'Heartbreak Hotel' and out of respect for his friend Carl, Elvis refused to sing Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes' as previously planned and instead sang 'Money Honey'. The othe guest on the show was Glenn Derringer. Ratings from the neilson Corp. gave 'Stage Show' 20.9% of the natinal audience, compared to Perry Como's 31.8%.

Over the past eight weeks, the ratings for 'Stage Show' had not been significantly improved by Elvis' half-dozen appearances. Following the show, Scotty, Bill. D.J. and Red West, who had accompanied the group for the past few weeks, loaded the instruments into two cars and set off for memphis. Elvis remained in New York for an extra day or two to do a few interviews and talk business with RCA Victor and the William Morris Agency.

For these appearances the band rented instruments in New York while Elvis associates Red West and Gene Smith transported the band's own instruments to the next concert appearance using a pink trailer that Elvis' father Vernon had built for this purpose. After the fourth 'Stage Show' the rented standup bass that Bill Black had enthusiastically played had to be repaired. Bill had broken the neck, sound post and the back of the instrument. The repairs cost $32.96.

Elvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show : 1956

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January 1956

TV Appearance = Elvis on TV : 1956 : One incredible year !!!

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Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show : January 28, 1956 TV Appearance

February

Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show : February 4, 1956 TV Appearance
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black : February 9, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Backstage February 10, 1956
Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show : February 11, 1956 TV Appearance
Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show : February 18, 1956 TV Appearance

March

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley 1956 : March : June : July New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley's 1956 Home : 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, TN

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Lousinana Hayride : March 10, 1956
Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show : March 17, 1956 TV Appearance
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley singing and playing gospel music : March 17, 1956 New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Jimmy Dean and Elvis Presley on the Jimmy Dean WMAL-TV Show, March 23, 1956
Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show : March 24, 1956 TV Appearance

April

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Milton Berle Show : April 3, 1956 TV Appearance
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Arena : San Diego : April 4, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Arena : San Diego : April 4, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Wichita Falls, Texas : April 9, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Fair Park Coliseum, Lubbock, TX : April 10, 1956
Articles about Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley- RCA's McGavock St Studio : January 10 and 11, April 14, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : San Antonio : April 15, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Oklahoma City : April 19, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : April 20, 1956 : North Side Coliseum, Forth Worth
Articles about Elvis Presley Elvis Presley, New Singing Find, Booked Into New Frontier : April 21, 1956 Link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at The New Frontier Hotel : From April 23, 1956
Elvis Presley CD, Book and DVD Reviews Review : Elvis Presley at The New Frontier : Las Vegas Sun : April 26, 1956 Link
Elvis Presley CD, Book and DVD Reviews Review : Elvis Presley at The New Frontier : Las Vegas SUN : April 28, 1956 Link

May

Elvis Presley CD, Book and DVD Reviews Review : Elvis Presley at The New Frontier : Las Vegas SUN : May 1, 1956 Link
Elvis Presley CD, Book and DVD Reviews Letter to the editor : Las Vegas SUN : May 12, 1956 Link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota : May 13, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : May 14, 1956 : LaCrosse Wisconsin
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : May 15, 1956 : Ellis Auditorium
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Detroit, MI. Fox Theater May 25, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Columbus, Ohio : May 26, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ performed two shows at the UD Fieldhouse in Dayton : May 27, 1956
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Elvis Presley Dayton, Oh., as Elvis left for Memphis : May 28, 1956
Elvis Presley Video Elvis greeting fans at Los Angeles Airport, 1956

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley 1956 : March : June : July New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley swap autographs, Memphis : June 1, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Arriving in Oakland : June 3, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : In Concert : Oakland California : June 3, 1956 New page link
Elvis Presley Photos The Milton Berle Show : Los Angeles : June 5, 1956 TV Appearance
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : June 7, 1956 : Long Beach Municipal Auditorium
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : June 8, 1956
Articles about Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Elvis Presley Video June 16, 1956 : Wink Martindale TV Show
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Red West at Elvis' 1034 Audubon Drive House : June 14, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Elvis Presley Video The Wink Martindale Show : June 16, 1956 TV Appearance
Elvis Presley Photos Vernon, Gladys and Elvis Presley sing at the piano : 1034 Audubon Drive House : June 17, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Barbara Hearn : June 19, 1956 : Fairgrounds Amusement Park, Memphis
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Barbara Hearn at Elvis' 1034 Audubon Drive House : June 19, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley with Susan Hayward : June 28, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Mosque Theater, Richmond, Va : June 30, 1956

July

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley 1956 : March : June : July New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Hudson Theater : New York City : Steve Allen Show : July 1, 1956 TV Appearance
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : RCA Studio One, Memphis, Tennessee : July 2, 1956
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Elvis Presley : On The Train to, Memphis, Tennessee : July 3, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Russwood Park, Memphis, Tennessee : July 4, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : St. Joseph's Hospital Memphis Tennessee : July 5, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Ocean Springs, MS. : Thursday, July 12, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis performs with The Statesman Quartet at Ellis Auditorium : July 27, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Water Skiing : Biloxi : July 31, 1956 New page link

August

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Love Me Tender Movie Set Photos
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida : August 3, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : August 5, 1956 : Tampa Florida
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Florida Theatre St. Petersburg : August 7, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Jacksonville, FL. Florida Theater (3 shows per day) : August 10-11, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at the Knickerbocker Hotel, Hollywood : August 18, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Love Me Tender Recording Sessions : August 24, 1956
Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Elvis Presley : August 29, 1956 : Hollywood, California (The Truth About Me) + Out Takes [Audio only]
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : August 31, 1956 : On the set of Love Me Tender

September

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Ed Sullivan Show : 1956-1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : September 1-3, 1956 Recording Sessions
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : First Appearance : The Ed Sullivan Show : September 9, 1956 TV Appearance
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Asleep In Flight : Back To Memphis September 23, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : September 26, 1956 : Tupelo, MS. Mississippi-Alabama Fairgrounds
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at the Mid-South Fair : Memphis September 29, 1956

October

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : October 5, 1956
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Elvis Presley : Cotton Bowl, Dallas : October 11, 1956
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Elvis Presley : October 18, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : October 19, 1956 : Assault Charge
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Ed Sullivan Show Rehearsals : October 26-28, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Ed Sullivan Show : Dress Rehearsals : October 28, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Ed Sullivan Show : Press Conference : October 28, 1956

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley gets his Polio Shot : October 28, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Ed Sullivan Show : October 28, 1956 TV Appearance
Elvis Presley Photos Natalie Wood and Elvis Presley outside the Hotel Chisca : October 31, 1956

November

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis : Toledo : November 22, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Cleveland Arena, Ohio : November 23, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : E.H. Crump Memorial Football Game : November 30, 1956

December

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : December 11, 1956 : Mobbed by fans in Memphis after running out of gas
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley's Last Louisiana Hayride Performance : December 15, 1956
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Touch Football : Dave Wells Community Center : December 27, 1956

1957

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Show : His third and final Appearance : January 6, 1957 TV Appearance

The Movies Of 1956

Elvis Presleys Movies 1956, Love Me Tender, Twentieth Century Fox

The Movies In Photos

Elvis Presley Photos Love Me Tender New page link

DVDs

DVD Elvis : The Ed Sullivan Show : The Classic Performances DVD
DVD The Milton Berle Shows DVD
DVD Elvis : The King Of Rock n Roll 30 Hit Performances And More DVD

Elvis on The Ed Sullivan Shows

CDs

CD The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956
CD Greatest Live Hits of the 50’s CD From MRS
CD Elvis At SUN
CD Elvis Presley : FTD Special Edition 2 CD
CD The Million Dollar Quartet
CD The King Of Rock 'N' Roll : The Complete 50's Masters
CD Elvis' Golden Records CD

Books

Book The Elvis Files Volume 1 : 1953-1956
Book A Moment In Time : 4 Days in '56 : Hardcover book from FTD
Book
Rock, Sex, and Roll : Elvis Presley Hardcover Book [JAT]
Book The Rock 'N Roll Years : My Wish Came True : 1954-56
Book Elvis : The Hottest Thing That's Cool The '50s inc, Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen Shows
Book Flashback Book + 2 CDs
Book Elvis : The Hottest Thing That's Cool - Elvis Book
Book Elvis Presley: The Family Album Book

Elvis Presley Photos

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Elvis Presley Video Video Preview: Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet. Never before have we seen an Elvis concert from the 50's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered Unreleased Film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it. The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people.

We love Elvis Presley !!!!!!!! : So ... Stop, look and listen baby that's our philosophy ... First thing in the morning, last thing at night ... look, stare everywhere and see everything inside ... Stop, look and listen!

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