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  • Nov 13, 1955
    Al Hibbler performs "Unchained Melody" on the CBS variety show "Toast Of The Town." The song will become a country hit twice: for Elvis Presley in 1978, and for LeAnn Rimes in 1997
    Nov 20, 1955
    Having promised to perform the current country hit "Sixteen Tons," R&B act Bo Diddley instead does "Bo Diddley" on "The Ed Sullivan Show" from New York. The CBS host never invites Diddley to sing on the program again
    Jul 22, 1956
    The Ames Brothers appear on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show" singing "It Only Hurts For A Little While" from New York. In 1978, the song will become a country hit for Margo Smith
    Sep 9, 1956
    Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." He sings four songs, including "Love Me Tender" and "Don't Be Cruel," shot only from the waist up. Charles Laughton hosts in place of Sullivan, recuperating from an auto accident
    Oct 28, 1956
    Elvis Presley makes his second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," "Love Me" and "Love Me Tender"
    Jan 6, 1957
    Elvis Presley makes his final appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," singing seven songs: "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Peace In The Valley," "Too Much" and "Don't Be Cruel"
    Jan 20, 1957
    Sonny James performs "Young Love" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Also appearing is R&B singer Ivory Joe Hunter, who renders "Since I Met You Baby," which James will cover a dozen years later
    Apr 7, 1957
    Future country producer Jimmy Bowen sings "I'm Stickin' With You" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Also appearing are Fred Astaire, Buddy Knox and Ferlin Husky, who performs "Gone"
    Jun 16, 1957
    Rusty Draper guests on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show," alongside Johnny Mathis, John Raitt and Polly Bergen
    Jun 30, 1957
    The Everly Brothers make their national TV debut, singing "Bye Bye Love" on "The Ed Sullivan Show," live from New York. Bonnie Guitar also appears on the CBS program, performing "Dark Moon"




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