In the middle 50s, Elvis Presley was seen as a threat, a true menace to society. Not only did this white boy sing like a black man (horrors!) but his swiveling hips and curled lips were far too sexy for the status quo. His appearances were so controversial that he became toxic to most TV networks, something that threatened his continued success.
But then NBC called about a new show with Steve Allen. Would Elvis be interested in being on the show? The only catch was that Elvis had to tone things down. So he did.
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