ELVIS PRESLEY on his second appearance on the ED SULLIVAN SHOW, October 28, 1956. At CBS' Studio 50, the former name of The Ed Sullivan Theater. Copyright CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS Photo Archive.
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.
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Can you believe it was that last thing, the dance action that drove women all around the world wild, that also led Presley to be investigated by police.
It was in 1957, after a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police told Elvis Presleythat he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage, and 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’? Some of his concerts organisers even enforced the ‘no wiggle rule’, forcing the performer to stand 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.”
Were you a fan of the way Elvis Presley danced, or did you feel it was indecent?