King of Rock and Roll

The showbiz nickname of singer Elvis Presley. Graced with a pleasant baritone voice, and a swiveling set of sexy hipbones, Elvis made his first television appearance on JACKIE GLEASON’S STAGE SHOW STARRING TOMMY AND JIMMY DORSEY on February 11, 1956. He sang “Shake, Rattle & Roll” and made five more appearances in the following eight weeks.

Steve Allen saw him perform and scheduled him to sing on his show on July 1, 1956 singing “Hound Dog” to a sad-faced Bassett hound wearing a top hat.

Following that appearance, Presley performed live from Los Angeles on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW on September 9, 1956 singing “Don’t be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Reddy Teddy,” and “Hound Dog.” And again, on January 7, 1957 when he sang “Too Much.”

Elvis later did a “Singer Presents Elvis” special on December 3, 1968, resurrecting his old image dressed in tight black leather jacket and pants. In 1973 he starred in “Aloha from Hawaii” broadcast live worldwide from Honolulu.

Note: A television series called ELVIS/ABC/1990, produced by his former wife, Priscilla Presley, premiered on February 6, 1990. A look-alike actor, Michael St. Gerard portrayed Elvis, as he lived through the key moments of his early life and career.

Elvis Presley’s home “The Graceland Mansion” is the second-most-visited home outside of The White House. Graceland is located at 3717 Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis, Tennessee. Sadly, on August 16, 1977, Presley was found dead in Graceland’s upstairs bathroom, the victim of an apparent overdose of drugs.

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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