There are many things Elvis Presley is remembered for besides his singing talent. His hair, the way he curled his lips as he sang, not to mention his dance style and the way he swung those hips.
It was that last trademark — the signature move that drove women wild all around the world — that also landed The King in hot water with police.
In 1957, after a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police told Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips on stage. The local press also ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act.
The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert to study his performance. Luckily for fans, they found there was no reason for him to be arrested for indecency.
His jerky body movements were described as vulgar by the critics but it had his fans screaming out for more. Remember the nickname ‘Elvis the Pelvis’?
While Presley escaped any legal consequences, some of his concerts organisers still enforced a “no wiggle rule”, forcing the performer to stand uncharacteristically still while he sang.
In 1956 Presley told TV Guide why he danced that way. “I just get kinda in rhythm with the music,” Elvis said. “I jump around to it because I enjoy what I’m doin’. I’m not tryin’ to be vulgar, I’m not tryin’ to sell any sex… I just enjoy what I’m doin’ and tryin’ to make the best of it.”