Heartbreak Hotel On March 24, 1956, in the last of his six appearances on Stage Show, Elvis performs his first new RCA single. Heartbreak Hotel hit #1 for 8 weeks in the USA , peaked at #2 in the UK and earned Elvis his first gold record award.
Blue Suede Shoes From Elvis' screen test for producer Hal Wallis at Paramount Studios on March 26, 1956. He showed his star quality in two acting scenes and this lip-synched presentation of his cover of the Carl Perkins hit Blue Suede Shoes.
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You July 1, 1956. Elvis performs in white tie and tails on The Steve Allen Show . Toning Elvis down and classing up his wardrobe was a gimmicky wink at the controversy surrounding his Milton Berle Show performance the month before. The single I Want You, I Need You, I Love You made it to #1 in the USA and peaked at #14 in the UK .
Don't Be Cruel On September 9, 1956, Elvis makes the first of his three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and sings one of his biggest hits to date. The single Don't Be Cruel and its flipside Hound Dog each hit #1 in the USA , spending 11 weeks in the top spot. Both songs peaked at #2 in the UK .
Love Me Tender On September 9, 1956, during his first Ed Sullivan Show appearance, Elvis performs the title song for his first movie, which was in production at the time. The single, released later that month to advance orders of over 1 million copies, hit #1 in the USA shortly before the film's November opening and peaked at #11 in the UK.
Hound Dog October 28, 1956. Elvis performs Hound Dog in the second of his three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show . This song was half of a two-sided number one single. See the listing for Don't Be Cruel for details.
Love Me October 28, 1956, from Elvis' second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show . Love Me was the lead song on a four-song extended play single that peaked at #6 in USA and sold more than 1 million copies.
January 6, 1957 , from Elvis' third appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Elvis did one gospel number and for his secular performances that night he was shown onscreen from the waist up only. Censorship of his infamous stage moves or a publicity gimmick? The single Too Much held the #1 spot in the USA for 3 weeks and peaked at #6 in the UK .
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear From his second movie, 1957's Loving You. Teddy Bear had a 7-week run at #1 in the USA and peaked at #3 in the UK .
Jailhouse Rock In his third film, 1957's Jailhouse Rock, Elvis and company perform one of the all-time classic rock production numbers with the film's title song. This sequence is considered a primary forerunner of music videos as we know them today. The single Jailhouse Rock hit #1 for 7 weeks in the USA and 3 weeks in the UK .
Treat Me Nice From the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock. Treat Me Nice was written by the prolific tunesmiths Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who also wrote the film's title song. They also wrote Hound Dog, Trouble, Loving You, Santa Claus Is Back in Town, King Creole, Loving You and other songs Elvis recorded.
Trouble A performance from Elvis' fourth film, 1958's King Creole - the most critically acclaimed of his movies and his personal favorite. The scene has young Danny Fisher (Elvis Presley) singing Trouble for gangster boss Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau) in what must be one of the classiest Elvis movie scenes.
Stuck On You On the "Welcome Home, Elvis" edition of Frank Sinatra's series of TV specials, taped on March 26, 1960 for airing on May 12 th, Elvis performs his first single release since returning home to America from serving in Germany with the US Army. Stuck on You hit #1 for 4 weeks in the USA and peaked at #3 in the U
Wooden Heart A performance from 1960's GI Blues - Elvis' fifth movie and the first after his discharge from the US Army. The single was #1 for 6 weeks in the UK .
Can't Help Falling In Love From the hit 1961 film Blue Hawaii. Elvis presents one of his greatest love ballads. Can't Help Falling in Love peaked at #2 in the USA and, with its flipside Rock-a-Hula Baby, had a 4-week run at #1 in the UK . Elvis closed virtually all his concerts of the 1970s with this song.
From the 1961 film Blue Hawaii. As the flipside of Can't Help Falling in Love from the same film, Elvis' release of Rock-a-Hula Baby shared a 4-week run at #1 in the UK .
Return To Sender From the 1962 film Girls! Girls! Girls!Return to Sender peaked at #2 in the USA and was #1 for 3 weeks in the UK . The song was not written for the film, but Paramount heard songwriter Otis Blackwell's demo recording and insisted that Elvis include it. Elvis recorded several Blackwell songs over the years, including All Shook Up and Don't Be Cruel.
Bossa Nova Baby From the 1963 film Fun in Acapulco. The single release peaked at #8 in the USA and #13 on the UK pop chart.
That's All Right Shot in June 1968, during the taping of what became known as the '68 Comeback television special, which first aired on December 3 rd of that year. Elvis performs the song that started it all. That's All Right, recorded for Sun Records in Memphis in July 1954, was Elvis' first record release.
All Shook Up In June 1968, during the taping of the '68 Comeback television special, Elvis performs this gem in a medley of classic hits. The 1957 single All Shook Up hit #1 for 9 weeks in the USA and 7 weeks in the UK
One Night From the June 1968 taping of the '68 Comeback TV special. His original 1958 single release of One Night peaked at #4 in the USA and was #1 for 3 weeks in the UK .
Are You Lonesome Tonight? From the June 1968 taping of the '68 Comeback TV special, Elvis performs one of his classic ballads. His original recording of Are You Lonesome Tonight? made it to #1 for 6 weeks in the USA and 4 weeks in the UK in 1960.
If I Can Dream Elvis' classic live performance of If I Can Dream in the white suit, as seen as the finale of his '68 Comeback TV special, combined with components of two lip-synch performances in black leather that were shot during production but not used in the special. This version first appeared on the 2004 release Elvis : '68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition DVD as a special bonus feature.
In The Ghetto Filmed at Elvis' summer 1970 engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas during production of the concert documentary film Elvis, That's the Way It Is. His 1969 single release of In the Ghetto peaked at #3 in the USA and hit #1 for a week in the UK .
Suspicious Minds Shot during production of the 1970 concert documentary film Elvis, That's the Way It Is. Elvis performs his 1969 hit Suspicious Minds, which made it to #1 for a week in the USA and peaked at #2 in the UK . During this period, the song was the climactic portion of Elvis' concerts just before his traditional show closer Can't Help Falling in Love.
Don't Cry Daddy Shot during production of the concert film Elvis, That's the Way It Is in 1970. The 1969 single peaked at # 6 in the USA and #8 in the UK .
The Wonder Of You Shot during production of the concert film Elvis, That's the Way It Is in 1970. Another live recording of this song made earlier in the year peaked at #9 in the USA and hit #1 for 6 weeks in the UK.
A Big Hunk 'o Love January 14, 1973, from the concert in Honolulu presented as the global television special Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, seen live via satellite or on taped delay by 1.5 billion people in 40 countries. Elvis' original 1959 single release of A Big Hunk o' Love was #1 for 2 weeks in the USA and peaked at #4 in the UK
Burning Love From the 1973 global television special Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii. The 1972 single Burning Love had a week at #1 in the USA and peaked at #7 in the UK .
An American Trilogy From the 1973 global television special Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii. This performance is considered by many to be Elvis' finest recording of this piece, which was often a dramatic highlight of his concert set list of the 1970s.
The following 2 bonus pieces are included on the DVD:
March 7th, 1960 - Graceland
"Home from the Army" Press Conference
June 9th, 1972 - New York Hilton
Press Conference for Madison Square Garden Engagement