Category: 50s music

Elvis Presley, 1956

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Billie Holiday with Louis McKay and her dog Peppi, 1952.

On March 28, 1957,

Billie

Holiday married Louis McKay. Louis, like most of the men in her life was abusive and stole her money. They were separated at the time of her death in 1959.

(Photos by Bob Willoughby)

Dizzy Gillespie photographed by Carl Van Vechten on December 2, 1955.

Frankie Lymon on The Ed Sullivan Show (December 22, 1957)

On this Christmas episode Frankie performed “Goody Goody” and “It’s Christmas Once Again.”

In December 1957, the Memphis Draft Board announced that Elvis Presley

would soon receive his draft notice.

Presley

told reporters that his service was “a duty I’ve got to fill and I’m going to do it.”

Elvis Presley was on active duty from March 1958 – March 1960,

and he spent another four years in the reserves.

Despite being offered the chance to enlist in Special Services to entertain the troops and live in priority housing, he decided to serve as a regular soldier. 

Billie Holiday photographed by Bob Willoughby

with Louis McKay and her dog Peppi, 1952.

On March 28, 1957,

Billie

Holiday married Louis McKay. Louis, like most of the men in her life was abusive and stole her money. They were separated at the time of her death in 1959.

Elvis Presley reading fan mail in his suite at the Warwick Hotel in New York City on March 17, 1956. 

Elvis

stayed at the the Warwick when he appeared on the Dorsey Brothers’ ‘Stage Show’ program on CBS-TV. Between the afternoon rehearsal and the evening performance, he returned to the Warwick Hotel to rest and freshen up.

(Photos by Alfred Wertheimer)

Elvis Presley and his date Bobbi Owens (later known as Barbara Gray), photographed by Alfred Wertheimer in Richmond, Virginia on June 30, 1956. 

Elvis Presley photographed by Alfred Wertheimer

recording at RCA Studio 1 in New York on July 2, 1956. 

During this session, he and his band recorded both ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’