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The King of Rock and Roll teams up with TV’s reigning variety program, as Elvis Presley appears on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the first time on September 9, 1956.

After earning big ratings for “The Steve Allen Show,” the Dorsey Brothers “Stage Show” and “The Milton Berle Show,” Sullivan finally reneged on his Presley ban, signing the controversial singing star to an unprecedented $50,000 contract for three appearances.

With 60 million viewers—or 82.6 percent of TV viewers at the time—tuning in, the appearance garnered the show’s best ratings in two years and became the most-watched TV broadcast of the 1950s.

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I remember when there was so much anti-rock and roll opinion in the 50's and early 60's.  Elvis was often shown on TV only from the waist up because he was "Elvis the Pelvis."

One Senator said that the repetition of "pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty Peggy Sue," in the Buddy Holly song was a Communist plot to destroy the minds of America's young people!

And mixed race bands were frowned on.  When We Five, with the great but out-of-the-pop-music-industry-too-soon Beverly Bivens, did their big hit "You Were On My Mind" on the Fred Astaire-hosted Hollywood Palace, their Black drummer was situated very close to the camera so that the little you saw of him was out of focus compared to the Band in the background:

 

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