The Golden Age of Rock ’n’ Roll Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement; Spring 2018 Study Group Leaders: B Ruml and Joe Chafets
Week 4, March 12, 2018
1956: Elvis!

Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley, Feb 1956

Blue Suede Shoes, Carl Perkins, Feb 1956

Blue Suede Shoes, Elvis Presley, March 1956

Long Tall Sally, Little Richard, Mar 1956

Long Tall Sally, Elvis Presley, 1956


Long Tall Sally, Pat Boone, 1956

Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis Presley, July 1956

Hound Dog, Elvis Presley, July 1956

Blueberry Hill, Fats Domino, Sep 1956

My Prayer, Platters, June 1956

Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, 1956

True Fine Mama, Little Richard, 1957, intro only (first 25 seconds)

Rip It Up, Little Richard, June 1956

“Gonna kick off my shoes, roll up my faded jeans/Grab my rock ‘n’ roll baby, pour on the steam/I shuffle to the left, I shuffle to the right/Gonna rock ‘n’ roll to the early, early night”

Rip It Up, Elvis Presley, 1956

Ready Teddy, Little Richard, June 1956

Ready Teddy, Elvis Presley, 1956

On the evening of September 9, 1956, Elvis Presley sang Ready Teddy in front of some 60 million television viewers during his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show at CBS, a broadcast which received a Trendex percentage share of 82.6, the largest ever obtained in the history of US television.