Watch The Last Show Of Elvis Presley At The Ed Sullivan Show
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From the time Elvis Presley wiggled his hips for the camera, people were either raving over him or sick with terror because of his “controversial” appeal to the masses. Yet, the more adults and concerned residents spoke out against the rocker, the more popular he became among teenagers.
But a compromise was needed to be done during the time when Presley agreed to appear on the then-most popular TV show of all time, The Ed Sullivan Show. Elvis appeared on the said television program; however, he was only allowed to be seen from the waist up due to contractual restrictions. With his first two scheduled performances on the show a month or so apart though, it showcased the rockstar from head to toe. However, with Elvis’ final appearance in 1957, his pelvis was notably absent from the duration of the performance.
Ed Sullivan was initially hesitant to let the young and charismatic Elvis Presley perform on the Sullivan stage, fearing that the conservative parents would make the ratings drop low. But the host was convinced to take the risk after The Milton Berle Show got a jaw-dropping rating courtesy of Presley’s presence in the show.
Still, Sullivan gave Elvis high praise at the end of his farewell performance, despite the controversy surrounding the latter. The emcee reportedly told Elvis: “I wanted to say to Elvis Presley and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy, and wherever you go, Elvis, we want to say we’ve never had a pleasanter experience on our show with a big name than we’ve had with you. So now let’s have a tremendous hand for a very nice person!”
Take a look at Elvis Presley’s performance of “Hound Dog,” Love Me Tender & Heartbreak Hotel” below.