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THE THROWBACK: A 1956 Interview With Elvis Presley, “The Most Controversial Entertainer Of The Year”
August 17, 2013
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Elvis Presley passed away 36 years ago yesterday. According to the video description, this clip, uploaded by YouTube user shootmyidea, is Presley's "first, and only, live talk show interview."

The segment appeared on the show 'Hy Gardner Calling!', a talk show based in New York.

Elvis, then just an up and coming star, is speaking from his hotel room in NYC after a performance on The Steve Allen Show on July 1, 1956, where he sang 'Hound Dog' and 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You'.

Here he is singing 'Hound Dog'. Check that video out below:

In the interview Presley reveals that the Allen performance was the first time he'd ever even worn a tux.

He also talks about the controversy that his "gyrating" performances had caused at the time, confirms that he owns four Cadillacs (he says he's going for seven), claims he's "not a good singer," calls James Dean "a genius in acting," and denies any link between rock and roll and juvenile delinquency.

The interview offers a glimpse of Presley before he was a superstar, and also a fascinating look at how some of the same questions and controversies that surrounded pop stars in the '50s are still in play today.


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