Today in History
September 09, 1956
Though Ed Sullivan reportedly tells the press that Elvis Presley is "not my cup of tea," he shells out an unprecedented $50,000 for three Elvis appearances on his show, the first of which airs September 9, 1956. Eighty-two percent of that night's TV viewers tune into the show. Presley performs "Don't Be Cruel" and "Love Me Tender" and though the camera focuses waist up on the star, a New York Times reviewer reports "the maidens in the West Coast studio audience squealed appreciatively over their idol's mobility." It isn't until Presley's second appearance on the show that the camera pans out, to show the performance style that earns him the nickname "Elvis the Pelvis."
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