Elvis Presley and Jackie Wilson

Today in music history, December 4, 1956

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Elvis Presley, now an RCA star, strolled into Sun Records displacing the Carl Perkins session

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and telling about seeing Billy Ward and his Dominos – featuring Jackie Wilson

wishing he’d done Paralyzed the way the Dominos did Hound Dog

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When he sang Don’t be Cruel, the tellyphone syntax was a tribute to Wilson, as was the Return to Sender dancing in Girls, Girls, Girls.

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Elvis and Jackie Wilson in the mid 1960s.

When Jackie Wilson fell ill, Elvis paid his medical bills.

 

 

Elvis with Sun Labelmate Rufus Thomas on stage at a Memphis Benefits

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Elvis, Claudia Ivy and BB King

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