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 Crudups Thats 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.
Elvis ready to record.
Elvis performing in Tupelo, MS 1956.
Elvis on stage circa 1956.
Elvis rips up the stage.
Elvis onstage with Scotty Moore and Bill Black.
A young Elvis takes the microphone.
Elvis says, I cant hear you.
Elvis with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.
Elvis with Scotty Moore.
Elvis with Eddy Arnold.
A young Elvis onstage.
Young Elvis rocking the house.
A young Elvis performs on TV.
Elvis during an early concert.
Elvis during a 1950s concert.
Elvis during yet another 1950s concert.
Elvis enjoying a ride on his motorcycle.
A young Elvis circa 1956.
Elvis on the set of Love Me Tender.
A young Elvis posing for the camera.
Elvis in an early publicity shot.
Elvis up close in the 1950s.
Elvis walking with a date.
Elvis with his parents in the 1950s.
Elvis in a publicity photo for Jailhouse Rock
Elvis in another publicity photo for Jailhouse Rock.
Elvis performing onstage in the 1950s
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