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Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Shows: The Performances

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Elvis sent shock waves through a repressed nation in 1956 with his soulful singing, wild hip gyrations and raw energy, attracting a record-breaking TV audience of more than 60 million people! Making television history, Presley headlined on the Ed Sullivan show two more times in the next few months, continuing to provoke ecstatic screams in the studio and keeping the country glued to their sets at home. Elvis s stage presence was considered so provocative that he was only filmed from the waist up for his third appearance.


Now for the first time, these legendary performances are collected onto one disc and clearly show why Elvis is the King of Rock and Roll.


Hit songs include:
Don t Be Cruel,
Love Me Tender,
Hound Dog,
Heartbreak Hotel,
Too Much,
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again,
Peace in the Valley


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Product Details

  • Actors: Elvis Presley
  • Directors: N, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029Z8K8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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These appearances were legendary and solidified Elvis' hold on American popular culture. Ed Sullivan originally wanted nothing to do with Elvis, considering him to be too vulgar for TV audiences. However, all that changed when Steve Allen booked Elvis on his show and handily beat Sullivan in the ratings. Then Sullivan booked for three appearances, and the rest was history as the saying goes. This DVD includes all three of Elvis' appearances on Sullivan's show, which set records for ratings at the time. During his last appearance, Elvis was shot only from the waste up due to complaints about the suggestive nature of his dancing during the first two performances (my how things have changed). Elvis is at his creative peak for these performances and it is easy to see why he took the nation (and world) by storm in 1956. Performances like these firmly established him as the King of Rock and Roll. This DVD is a must for fans of Elvis and students of pop culture.
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As I grew up, I remember watching most of these performances as they aired, enough in 1956 to ask for a record player w/Elvis records and a guitar. For those that are so time-burdened that they have no time to watch the full shows (also available on DVD), this DVD of just the songs that Elvis did on the Sullivan show is great. One can see, over his three appearances, that Elvis was maturing from his "rougher" look to that of a sauve and extremely handsome young man, whose vocal talents were getting better all the time. All Elvis fans will love this DVD.
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By patsy1 on April 23, 2013
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Love it! I am trying to get away from the VHS format and to the DVD format in Elvis mories. I wish I could find all of them in DVD format, but I can't.
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He was young, he was thin, and he was good. The recording lacked a lot as did the video, but considering when they were made they were all right!
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