Elvis Presley's appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" will be chronicled on Image Entertainment's 3-disc DVD set "Elvis Presley: The Sullivan Shows."
Elvis Presley's appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" will be chronicled on Image Entertainment's 3-disc DVD set "Elvis Presley: The Sullivan Shows." To be released Nov. 21, the Andrew Solt-produced collection features all three shows on which the King performed in their entirety, including appearances by other guests and the original commercial breaks.
Presley first guested on Sullivan's show on Sept. 9, 1956, performing "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel" featuring the Jordanaires, "Hound Dog" and "Ready Teddy." His second, on Oct. 28, 1956, repeated the first three songs and added Lieber & Stoller's "Love Me."
A few months later, on Jan. 6, 1957, he was filmed only from the waist and above to obscure his dance movies, deemed at the time to be too racy for younger viewers. He again sang "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender" and "Don't Be Cruel," plus "Too Much," "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" and "Peace in the Valley." This performance marked the last time Presley appeared on live television.
"Elvis Presley: The Sullivan Shows" also includes a remastered 8mm home movie shot of Presley in 1955, home movies of his family and interviews with insiders like Sam Phillips, the Jordanaires' Gordon Stoker and "Sullivan" producer Marlo Lewis.