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.


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


Elvis, Claudia Ivy and BB King




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