Elvis & The Birth of Rock
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1956 was a defining year for Elvis Presley as he rocketed from regional celebrity to national icon. In January, his first Number One hit, 'Heartbreak Hotel' was followed by his first album topping the charts in March.

By September 9th, all of America tuned in to watch Elvis's first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It drew 60 million viewers, more than 80 per cent of the national TV audience. In November Elvis's first film Love Me Tender opened to packed-out theatres.

As his fame grew, so did the intensity of his critics, who saw Elvis as an oversexed enchanter: a danger to American culture, who was leading children to ruin.

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