The Day Elvis Sang to an Actual Hound Dog

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.

Read the whole story at Mashable.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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