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Insiders Artifact: Western Union to "The Ed Sullivan Show"

March 08, 2012

Elvis appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" three times from 1956 to 1957. Sullivan actually helped diffuse some of the controversy surrounding Elvis after telling his studio audience and millions of American television viewers that Elvis was "a decent, fine boy.” Ed Sullivan was one of the most influential people on television and one of the most powerful people in the television industry at the time. During his contract with the show, Elvis signed a motion picture contract which presented a conflict with his television appearances. Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker signed with the William Morris Agency in 1956 to help with Elvis' bookings. This week's Elvis Insiders Artifact is a telegram from the William Morris Agency to "The Ed Sullivan Show" defining the terms of Elvis' availability to schedule his appearances on the Sullivan show.

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