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It was Oct. 26, 1956, seven weeks after Elvis Presley’s first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
The host didn’t really want the hip-shaking rock ‘n’ roll star back on the family-friendly show, but big ratings beckoned. Sullivan corralled the King during rehearsal and made it clear that he couldn’t do that thing with his hips.
The 21-year-old’s reaction to Sullivan is priceless. Photos of that chat and other behind-the-scenes shots from that memorable night recently resurfaced after a half-century and are being made available to the public.
Young photographer Richard Weede was allowed on set for the rehearsal because his father, Robert Weede, who was starring in “The Most Happy Fella” on Broadway, also was appearing on the show that night. The negatives Weede snapped were relegated to a garage until his son found them in February 2007.
Limited-edition sets of three and six of the images are being made available at VintageKingPictures.com. The site is expected to go live by next week.
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