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Plush Life: 1956

Plush Life: 1956

May 1956. Memphis, Tennessee. "Elvis Presley at home with stuffed animals." 35mm negative from photos by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "Elvis Presley -- He Can't Be -- But He Is." View full size.

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The Ed Sullivan Show

I remember Elvis being on the Ed Sullivan Show. I tried to be inconspicuous, but my step-mother noticed me watching & shooed me out because it was too scandalous for a 10 yr old to be watching with him 'Wiggling' like that. LOL I did get to see part of it anyway though.

My dad wouldn't take me

Elvis played the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga., about this time. I was 10 years old and a big fan. I begged my dad to take me to the show, but he wouldn't relent. He was an Army officer and got up at 5 every morning, so didn't want to stay up that late. Still regret that because I later saw the Beatles and Dylan in concert (Dylan on his first electric tour), and if I'd seen Elvis I would have seen all of the greatest rock legends of the 20th century.

I had that poodle!

It was--you guessed it--pink.

Here's Hoping!

86 down, 34 to go; hope Michael R's Dad gets there.

Let me be your "Poodle Dog"?

Nah! That just don't get it - But remember - The Duval County Sheriff said, "If Elvis moved anything below the belt, he'd close down the show!" and as ya' know, the show must go on. The closest that I came to him back then was listening to the Lyles' girls in the neighborhood talk about going to Elvis' show at Miami's Olympia theater. We were too poor to afford such "foolishment" as my folks would have said into my 15-16 year-old ears.

Baby let me be...

your lovin' Poodle... no...

Baby let me be,
your lovin' Monkey... no, still not right...

Baby let me be,
your lovin' Teddy Bear, yeah, that's it!!

My father was there, too!

My father (who is now 86 years old, may he live to 120!) was in the band that played for the opening acts before Elvis appeared onstage, in Jacksonville and elsewhere in the summer of 1956. He still likes to tell the story of how the sheriff of Duval Co., Florida came to the theatre in Jacksonville before the show and warned Col. Parker (Elvis's manager): If Elvis moved anything below the belt, he'd close down the show!

That same month

my future bride saw Elvis in concert in Jacksonville, Florida. She was all of 12 and a big fan. (May 12-13, 1956)

You Ain't Nothin' But A...

Where's the hound dog?

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