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To all my good friends...
Fifty Years Ago right now. Rock and roll youth culture is exactly half a century old. This is the first 50th anniversary of many to come for us kids.
Saturday January 28, 1956, 8pm CBS
Elvis Presley makes his national TV debut on the Dorsey Bros' "Stage Show" at Studio 50, 1697 Broadway, NYC.
The day before, his first RCA record was released, "Heartbreak Hotel", but for this milestone television event, he strangely chose to perform only Joe Turner's "Shake Rattle and Roll"/"Flip Flop and Fly" (medley) and Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman."
We watched the medley last night (appears on The Great Performances Vol 2) - we've all seen it before many times - but last night it made me weep. There can be nothing as important anywhere in modern popular music as this single apochryphal beginning.
Can you imagine how much this means to me?? Extend thy grasp, music lovers. Back to the Future!
This is *THE* Elvis year, 1956. I have VHS of much, if not most, of his many historic TV appearances (incl. the six Dorseys, two Milton Berle, Steve Allen and three Ed Sullivan). Craving to compile them onto a DVDR asap.
Go buy the 1985 A Golden Celebration 4CD boxset, which includes the complete '56 TV songs. It's can still find its way into your hi-fi system, if yer interested. He's not just "Oldies", mama.
BTW, days of the week in 1956 correspond with 2006. We all should have viewed it together last Saturday night via imagined satellite feeds.
I can't believe the entertainment world isn't participating in more wild celebration about this startling cultural landmark. MTV is truly delivered from the womb.
Bigger than The Beatles. The unquestionably absolute starting point, the concept of which still reverberates today.
I was there. It is shocking that this much time has passed by. To our children's children's children.
Hillbilly Cat Steven