Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Vintage Video: Elvis Presley's Final Appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show

Fifty nine years ago tonight, on January 6, 1957, Elvis Presley made his third and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.

Elvis' appearances, like those on other shows, was controversial. For this third appearance, it was ordered that the singer should only be filmed from the waste up to avoid his gyrating hips. Of course, the screams from the crowd betrayed what was going on below screen level at times during the five different songs.

There wasn't animosity between Sullivan and Presley, though. For his final song, Presley decided to sing Peace in the Valley and dedicate it to the people of Hungary who were in battle with the Soviets. After finishing the song, Sullivan said " 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!"

Presley never made it back onto the Sullivan show, reportedly because his manager, Col. Parker, was asking $300,000 for an appearance.