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 Post subject: 58 years ago "Beware of Elvis Presley"
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 3:51 pm 
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58 years ago "Beware of Elvis Presley": Fifty-eight years ago (June 5th 1956) the young Elvis Presley first scandalised the prudish USA with sexually suggestive use of his pelvis while performing Hound Dog live on the Milton Berle TV show. In the raucous rendition, Presley swivelled his hips madly and cradled the mike stand like a lover. Before the show wrapped, the NBC switchboard was flooded with angry callers. Afterwards various TV show hosts vowed they'd never allow him on their shows, but The Tonight Show's Steve Allen hired him for July, promising a chaste Presley. Sure enough Presley, mocking himself and formally dressed, sang Hound Dog as a gentle love song, to an actual basset hound.

But moralisers never warmed to Presley and later in 1956 The Australian Women's Weekly ran a cranky critique of him by Robert Feldmais.
"This side-burned, mascara-wearing singer is not just another Sinatra ... his appeal is straight from the jungle, and his 'singing style' copied from the rawest of America's burlesque-house stripteasers. As a voice, Presley is nothing. But as a specialist in off-colour lyrics, facial tics, and suggestive twitches of his body, he has captured the hearts, if that is the word, of the new generation of bobbysoxers. Far from being gaoled for indecency, Presley is free to commercialise this overt eroticism. This year he will clean up an estimated $1,800,000 from television, movie and stage appearances, and from his booming sideline, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. All over America the Presley craze has inserted a new wedge between teenagers and parents. Not only the
wowsers are against him, but almost every responsible organ of opinion. He has been officially forbidden to enter the city of San Diego."

This was not Presley's first television appearance, nor even his first appearance on Milton Berle. His previous appearances featured Elvis either in close-up singing a slow ballad, or full body but with his movements somewhat restricted by the acoustic guitar he was playing. It was on his second Milton Berle Show appearance that he put the guitar aside and America witnessed, for the very first time, the 21-year-old Elvis Presley from head to toe, gyrating his soon-to-be-infamous pelvis.

Reaction to Elvis' performance in the mainstream media was almost uniformly negative. "Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability....For the ear, he is an unutterable bore," wrote critic Jack Gould in the New York Times.
In the New York Daily News, Ben Gross described Elvis' performance as "tinged with the kind of animalism that should be confined to dives and bordellos," while Journal-American's Jack O'Brien said that Elvis "makes up for vocal shortcomings with the weirdest and plainly suggestive animation short of an aborigine's mating dance."

Meanwhile, the US Catholic Weekly got right to the point in its headline stating: "Beware of Elvis Presley."

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)



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 Post subject: Re: 58 years ago "Beware of Elvis Presley"
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:17 pm 
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Awwww....the sands of time! I remember the stuff being said and also the kids loving him silly! I was one of those buying into the vulgar and etc and wouldn't even listen to him. And I turned down a free ticket to see him in Tulsa
at the old coliseum now a parking lot, when my Aunt who
thought he was terrific and so good looking...got me a ticket. She took another lady from her office and they got to go back stage, meet him and even got a kiss! She dated
one of the city officials and she was with him so she did get
to meet Elvis. Boy, those people who would not book him were sooo wrong about the "boy"...he wasn't being "dirty
on stage" and when he heard those things, he was hurt and offended. His dear momma told him he was not vulgar and not to change a thing... Aren't we glad he always minded his mommy!!! yeah baby!!! Love to all, wanda june


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