Elvis Presley - The Breakthrough
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Several major record labels had shown interest in signing Presley. On November 21, 1955, Tom Parker and Sam Phillips negotiated
a deal with RCA Victor Records to acquire Presley's Sun contract.
What was the amount of that contract?
2) In March 1955,
Elvis failed an audition for what TV show?
Original Amateur Hour
Toast of the Town
Arthur Godfrey's Talent
3) On January 28, 1956,
Elvis first appeared on national television.
What was the show?
On January 27, Presley's first RCA single was released.
By April it reached number one in the U.S., and sold a million
copies. On March 23, RCA
released the first Presley album: Elvis Presley.
As with the Sun recordings, the majority of the tracks were songs
by or from country artists.
What was the first RCA single?
"Last Train to
"Shake, Rattle, and
From April 23, 1956, Elvis had a two-week booking in Las Vegas - billed
this time as "the Atomic Powered Singer".
His performances were badly received, by critics and guests (it
was an older, more conservative audience).
What was the Las Vegas hotel's name?
6) On April
3 Elvis appeared on The Milton Berle Show.
The show was shot where?
carrier USS Hancock (CV-19)
of Liberty, New York City
From his appearances on television, along with huge ratings, many
critics had a field day with his performance.
What made him controversial?
Because of the huge ratings on the Steve Allen Show and the top
Sunday night ratings, previously critical Ed Sullivan (CBS) booked Elvis
for three appearances for an unprecedented $50,000.
When was the first Ed Sullivan appearance?
Bob Neal wrote: "It was almost frightening, the reaction... from
teenage boys. So many of
them, through some sort of jealousy, would practically hate him."
In one town, a teenage gang fire-bombed Elvis's car.
was the town?
His parents moved into a new house in Memphis, but the singer lived
there briefly. With
increased concerns over privacy and security, Elvis bough property in
1957, a mansion with several acres of land.
This was Presley's primary residence until his death.
What was this property known as?