Elvis Presley’s performance of “Hound Dog” on the Milton Berle Show in 1956 is one of the most iconic moments in rock and roll history. An expanded look at the performance highlights Elvis’ charisma, energy, and unique style, as well as the song’s impact on popular culture.
The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in 1952, and it became a hit for rhythm and blues singer Big Mama Thornton in 1953. Elvis’ version of the song, released in 1956, became a cultural sensation, thanks in no small part to his electrifying performances.
Elvis’ performance on the Milton Berle Show in June of 1956 is considered one of his most iconic. The performance begins with Berle introducing Elvis, who bursts onto the stage with his trademark energy and swagger. As the band kicks into the opening riff of “Hound Dog,” Elvis begins to move, swaying his hips and legs in a way that was shocking and provocative at the time.
Throughout the song, Elvis’ vocals are powerful and raw, with his signature growl giving the song an extra edge. The backing band is tight and energetic, with a driving rhythm section and wailing saxophones adding to the intensity of the performance.
The expanded version of the performance includes the full introduction by Berle, as well as some moments of banter between Elvis and the host. It also includes shots of the audience, who are clearly excited and energized by the performance.
Elvis’ performance of “Hound Dog” on the Milton Berle Show was a defining moment in his career, as well as in the history of rock and roll. It showcased his unique style, his powerful vocals, and his ability to capture the energy and excitement of a live performance. The performance also highlights the impact that Elvis had on popular culture, as he helped to break down racial barriers and create a new sound and style that would change music forever.