Elvis In The 50’s

In 1954, Elvis walks into Sun Studio and records the song, “My Happiness” as a gift for his mother. The owner, Sam Phillips, is away so his assistant, Marion Keisker, handles the recording. She saves the tape for Sam to hear. When Sam calls Elvis back, he pairs him with Scotty Moore and Bill Black. Nothing really happens until after a long tedious session on July 4, the trio breaks into a sped-up version of Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right”. This song paired with a livened up version of Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky” would be the first of five singles Elvis would release on the Sun label.

By 1956, Elvis is a sensation. His first million seller is “HeartBreak Hotel”. He performs on The Ed Sullivan Show, among others, and causes quite a controversy over his movement on stage.       

A young elvis recording a song.

Elvis ready to record.

Elvis in concert Tupelo, MS

Elvis performing in Tupelo, MS 1956.

Elvis onstage circa 1956 

 Elvis on stage circa 1956. 

A young Elvis onstage

Elvis rips up the stage.

Elvis onstage with his back up band in the 1950s

Elvis onstage with Scotty Moore and Bill Black.

A young Elvis singing.

A young Elvis takes the microphone.

Elvis onstage Listening

Elvis says, “I can’t hear you.”

Elvis with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash.

Elvis with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

Elvis with Scotty Moore

Elvis with Scotty Moore.

Elvis with Eddy Arnold in 1956.

Elvis with Eddy Arnold.

Elvis performing in the 50s.

A young Elvis onstage.

Young Elvis onstage.

Young Elvis rocking the house.

A young Elvis performing on TV

A young Elvis performs on TV.

Elvis during an early show.

Elvis during an early concert.

Elvis leaning over stage during 1950s concert

Elvis during a 1950s concert.

Elvis during a 1950s concert

Elvis during yet another 1950s concert.

 Elvis on his motorcycle.    

Elvis enjoying a ride on his motorcycle.

a young Elvis in 1956

A young Elvis circa 1956.

  Elvis on the set of Love Me Tender

Elvis on the set of Love Me Tender.

A young Elvis posing for the camera.

A young Elvis posing for the camera.

Elvis in an early publicity shot

Elvis in an early publicity shot.

Upclose shot of Elvis in the 1950s.

Elvis up close in the 1950s.

Elvis thinking.

Elvis thinking.

Elvis with a date.

Elvis walking with a date.

Elvis in the late 1950s.

Elvis in the late 1950s.

Elvis holding his guitar.

Elvis strumming his guitar.

Elvis with his parents in the 1950s.

Elvis with his parents in the 1950s.

Elvis in a publicity photo for the movie Jailhouse Rock

Elvis in a publicity photo for Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Live Onstage in the 1950s

Elvis performing onstage in the 1950s

Rocking Jukebox

 

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