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A REALLY BIG SHOW ON THIS DAY IN 1957

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FATS DOMINO ON THIS DAY IN 1956

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Antoine
"Fats" Domino, Jr. turned 88 in February.

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SECOND APPEARANCE ON THIS DAY IN 1956

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Elvis Presley made his second appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and
sang, “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Love Me Tender.” After Señor Wences’s
ventriloquism
act
, Elvis returned to perform “Love Me.” During this song
the camera moved in for a close-up of Elvis’ face, and then, as if on cue,
he smiled and snarled his upper lip. The studio audience went wild. Elvis
closed with another performance of his hit, “Hound Dog.” Again viewers
were shown a head-to-toe Elvis.

Following the broadcast, which again enjoyed huge ratings, Elvis was
burned in effigy by angry crowds in Nashville and St. Louis. The popular
press was also critical of his style and movements. Rock and roll was
increasingly attacked and there was growing opposition to its supposedly
negative influence on America’s youth. The more the establishment
pushed back, the more Elvis’s support grew from millions of teenagers.

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CHUBBY CHECKER ON THIS DAY IN 1961

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Chubby Checker appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show where he sang "The Twist"/
"Let’sTwist Again" medley (with the "Do-Re-Mi" dancers) and "The Fly."
 
The show and was one of the highest rated and most heavily watched episodes in
the entire series run!

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DUO PERFORMS ON THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW

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The song "Love Is Strange" (1956) sold over one million copies and was awarded
gold disc by the RIAA. The duo eventually bought their own nightclub, formed
a publishing company, and formed their own record label. Although Mickey & Sylvia disbanded by the end of the 1950s, they continued to record together on an
infrequent basis until 1965 and Mickey eventually moved to France.

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Mickey “Guitar” Baker (MacHouston Baker)
(October 15, 1925 – November 27, 2012)

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Sylvia Robinson (Vanderpool) (March 6, 1936 – September 29, 2011)

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