Elvis Presley: TV Star

In the 1950s, Elvis Presley appeared on live television – sometimes doing tv interviews like on radio in the regional market, others, as a featured guest on the Variety Programs of the era.

The Radio Program,Louisiana Hayride tried to leap to TV:

Louisiana Hayride (TV Movie 1955) – IMDb



The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show (TV Series) (performer – 4 episodes) – there were 6

Episode dated 18 February 1956 (1956) … (performer: “Tutti Frutti”, “I Was The One”)
Episode dated 11 February 1956 (1956) … (performer: “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Heartbreak Hotel”)
Episode dated 4 February 1956 (1956) … (performer: “Baby Let’s Play House”, “Tutti Frutti”)
Episode dated 28 January 1956 (1956) … (performer: “I Got A Woman”, “Shake Rattle And Roll / Flip Flop And Fly”)
Elvis Presley on the Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show in 1956
Elvis Presley on the Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show in 1956



Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series) (performer – 2 episodes, 1956) (writer – 1 episode, 1956)

Episode #8.13 (1956) … (performer: “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”, “Hound Dog” – uncredited)
Episode #8.10 (1956) … (performer: “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Blue Suede Shoes”) / (writer: “Heartbreak Hotel”)

The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode)

Episode #1.2 (1956) … (performer: “Hound Dog”, “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”)

Hy Gardner Calling was the only national TV interview program he would appear on – Elvis did the tv interview following the Steve Allen show.


Elvis – Friday, Sep 20, 1957 visit to WKNO-TV’s Safety Hit Parade

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The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer – 3 episodes, 1956 – 1957) (writer – 3 episodes, 1956 – 1957)

Episode #10.16 (1957) … (performer: “Hound Dog”, “Love Me Tender”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again”, “Peace in the Valley”) / (writer: “Love Me Tender”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Don’t Be Cruel”)
Episode #10.6 (1956) … (performer: “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Love Me Tender”, “Love Me”, “Hound Dog”) / (writer: “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Love Me Tender”)
Episode #9.51 (1956) … (performer: “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Love Me Tender”, “Ready Teddy”, “Hound Dog”) / (writer: “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Love Me Tender”)



Elvis did 2 phone calls to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand program from Germany.

In the 1960s, he guested on the Frank Sinatra Timex Show and then disappeared into movies and from radio.

Timex Sinatra: A Very Elvis Episode


Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley (TV Special) (performer: “It’s Nice to Go Trav’ling” (uncredited), “Fame and Fortune”, “Stuck on You”, “Witchcraft”) / (writer: “Love Me Tender”)


In the 1960s, the mass pressure to use deodorants and anti-perspiration products was born as tv commericals perfected the art of undermining people’s self esteem and building rebel free spirits who express through brand loyalty.

The network was scandalized…sweating… they cut out one sequence – Let Yourself Go aka The Bordello Scene.

How to sell sex without saying sex – and Elvis Presley exuded sex – through every pore.

At the end of the 1960s, Elvis retook his crown  in black leather and sweating on the Boob Tube.


Elvis (TV Special) (performer: “A Little Less Conversation”, “All Shook Up”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”, “Baby, What You Want Me to Do”, “Big Boss Man”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Guitar Man”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Hound Dog”, “If I Can Dream”, “It Hurts Me”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy”, “Let Yourself Go”, “Little Egypt”, “Love Me Tender”, “MacArthur Park”, “Memories”, “Nothingville”, “One Night”, “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”, “Saved”, “Tiger Man”, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But to the Lord / Up Above My Head / Saved”, “That’s All Right”, “Trying To Get To You”, “Baby, What You Want Me To Do?”, “Trouble”) / (writer: “All Shook Up”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Love Me Tender”)

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Anyway, Elvis returned to live performing until it became a Vegas grind, changing that Gangster and Rat Pack town into Family vacations and Tourist Conventions with Artists in residence.

Elvis Presley was the first to fill the showrooms and empty the casinos while filling all the hotels.

The Vegas he knew is gone and replaced with new complexes where there was once Hotels and Casinos.

In 1972, Japan had an additional concert broadcast (Nov 18) and different angles on the 73 Aloha show.

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1973 and Elvis was reinvented on television again, the first one person concert broadcast to the majority of the world in a population period of 3.5 billion people.

LP mono faded out and Stereo was joined for a while by Quadrophonic sound. Elvis is first to new format.

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Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (TV Special documentary) (performer: “C.C. Rider”, “Burning Love”, “Something”, “You Gave Me A Mountain”, “Early Morning Rain”, “Steamroller Blues”, “My Way”, “Love Me”, “Johnny B. Goode”, “It’s Over”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Hound Dog”, “Blue Hawaii”, “What Now My Love”, “Fever”, “Welcome To My World”, “Suspicious Minds”, “I’ll Remember You”, “Hawaiian Wedding Song”, “Long Tall Sally”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Ku’u Ipo”, “An American Trilogy”, “Big Hunk Of Love”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”)

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 1973 Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii – Rehearsal Concert (TV Movie) (performer: “C.C. Rider”, “My Way”, “Big Hunk Of Love”, “An American Trilogy”, “Ku’u Ipo”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Long Tall Sally”, “Hawaiian Wedding Song”, “I’ll Remember You”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Welcome To My World”, “Fever”, “What Now My Love”, “Blue Hawaii”, “Hound Dog”, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, “It’s Over”, “Love Me”, “Steamroller Blues”, “Something”, “Early Morning Rain”)


Aloha Elvis in Hawaii 1973



1977 CBS where Elvis started on tv filmed 2 concerts and edited them into a broadcast.

Elvis in Concert (TV Special documentary) (Mama, Let Me Know”, (performer: “See See Rider”, “That’s All Right”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight”, “Teddy Bear”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “You Gave Me a Mountain”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “How Great Thou Art”, “I Really Don’t Want to Know”, “Hurt”, “Hound Dog”, “My Way”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, “I Got a Woman”, “If You Love Me) / (writer: “Don’t Be Cruel”)

RCA released soundtracks for the 1968, 1973 and 1977 TV specials, but it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that the 50s tv appearances were officially released on the “A Golden Celebration” gold set.

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This set also included 1968 TV special material and most importantly, significant Elvis concerts – his flop in Vegas in 1956, and the Tupelo Homecoming 1956.

While the Sinatra TV special professional soundtrack was recently found, it’s yet to be released.

Meanwhile, there is an astonishing set that includes all the 50s audio and Frank Sinatra show:




this is the actual tv that Elvis infamously shot:





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