September 9, 1956 – Elvis appears on Ed Sullivan

September 9, 1956 – Elvis appears on Ed Sullivan

Elvis Presley sings “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” on Ed Sullivan’s immensely popular show Toast of the Town. Presley scandalized audiences with his suggestive hip gyrations, and Sullivan swore he would never book the singer on his show. However, Presley’s tremendous popularity and success on other shows changed Sullivan’s mind. Although Elvis had appeared on a few other programs already, his appearance on Ed Sullivan’s show made him a household name.