Back in those days, if a guy got hot in one area you could spread it around the country, maybe the world. He never pretended to be anyone else. There were occasions in some towns in Texas when we'd have to be sure to have a police guard because somebody'd always try to take a crack at him.
That incredible debut ignited and sparked a Rock and Roll riot; later albums helped popularise and evolve Pop and Gospel — at every stage, in every decade, Presley was transforming music and breaking boundaries. But one particular change that took place in that seminal decade grew to be a central driving force of contemporary culture.
Frankie Avalonas noted in whenstarsmeetstars. He was a divine human being. Did you ever meet Elvis Presley? Of the 16, tickets that had been sold, only 1, were returned for refund He stood erect, as if he was in a choir.
The interest was such that Phillips played the record repeatedly during the remaining two hours of his show.