Elvis Tv Appearances, Elvis Presley first appeared on national television in the USA on January 28, 1956, on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show in New York. On Monday, January 23, 1956, Elvis, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana rehearsed in Memphis for their television debut. Elvis and Colonel Parker flew to New York on Wednesday the 25th. They stayed at the Warwick Hotel on 52nd Street. Elvis ate dinner in the Hickory House restaurant the night they arrived and did some sightseeing on the 26th. Perhaps as an indicator of things to come, Scotty, Bill and D.J. were not afforded a plane trip and drove from Memphis to New York and arrived on January 27th.
The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show
On Saturday, Jan. 28, he and the guys went to the Nola Studio, between 51st and 52nd St., to rehearse for that night’s ‘Stage Show’, which aired live at 8 o’clock from the CBS studio on W. 54th St. ‘Stage Show’ was produced by Jackie Gleason largely as a cheap warmup act for his own 8:30 p.m. program. It wasn’t a blockbuster, but it got respectable ratings. That night the show aired from CBS Studio 50.
Elvis performed two songs, ‘Shake Rattle & Roll / Flip Flop & Fly’ and ‘I Got A Woman’. It was raining and the then-unknown Elvis Presley did not draw a large studio audience, however one serviceman stationed in New Jersey in attendance that evening said, ‘I often went on Saturday nights to the Dorsey brothers show and I was there when Elvis Presley made his national television debut on that show. I had never heard of him and was startled when he appeared on stage and hundreds of girls began screaming’.
Elvis stayed in town after the show and at around 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, he and the band headed for the RCA Studio, 155 E. 24th St. They recorded for seven hours that day, then three hours on Jan. 31 and another several hours on February 3. More about Elvis’ New York Sessions.
Those sessions yielded ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and seven other tunes: ‘My Baby Left Me’, ‘One-Sided Love Affair’, ‘So Glad You’re Mine’, ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry Over You’, ‘Tutti Fruitti’, ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’ and ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’. ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ was the only hit single in the bunch, but the sessions were crucial in Elvis history because they marked the point at which he started moving away from his raw, pure Sun sound to the more commercial and mainstream sound RCA envisioned for him.