The live broadcast in January attracts In all, it will be seen in about forty countries by one billion to 1. Elvis commissions an American Eagle design for his jumpsuit for this show, his patriotic message to his worldwide audience. Elvis is in top form physically and vocally. This is probably the pinnacle of his superstardom, one of the all-time great moments of his career.
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Elvis was very, very nervous at first. Nobody else had ever done a satellite show before. It was very expansive to rent the satellite for one hour, so Colonel Parker went to NBC, because they owned the satellite, actually it was their recording company. So they cut the deal and it was the first one ever.
Elvis was a nervous wreck. But as he went along rehearsing, and enjoying Hawaii, he became very comfortable with it. The thing about it, when you go on a satellite show, you go on stage at a certain time and you got to get off at a certain time, otherwise they will just cut you off, the satellite will cut you off after one hour.
So the hardest part that Elvis was worried about, was to time it right. But as we all know it went along perfectly. It was an unbelievable performance, it was all for charity, and he was very comfortable when he walked on stage. He did a great job, looked fabulous. Audience tickets for the January 14 concert and its January 12 pre-broadcast rehearsal show carry no price.
Each audience member is asked to pay whatever he or she can. That night Perkins began working on a song based on the incident. His first thought was to frame it with a nursery rhyme. He considered, and quickly discarded "Little Jack Horner After playing five chords while singing "Well, it's one for the money Two for the show Three to get ready Now go, man, go! I recorded it on December 19",  for Sun Records , which released the second take of the song.
Perkins' recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" was released in early , as Sun Two copies of the song on rpm records were sent to Perkins but arrived broken. He soon discovered that the song was available in the newer 7-inch microgrooved rpm format and was disappointed that he didn't have a copy in the older, more substantial rpm format. In Jackson where Perkins lived and Memphis, radio stations were playing the flip side of the record, " Honey Don't.
On February 11 it was the number two single on Memphis charts; it was number one the next week and remained there for the next three months. The Jamboree was broadcast from the Dallas Sportatorium , with about 4, seats, and it sold out for each of Perkins' performances.
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Music shops in Dallas ordered a huge number of copies of the record,  and at one point it was selling at a rate of 20, copies per day. A Song Hits review of the song, published on February 18, stated that "Perkins has come up with some wax here that has hit the national retail chart in almost record time. Interestingly enough, the disk has a measure of appeal for pop and r.
On March 17, Perkins became the first country artist to reach the number three spot on the rhythm and blues charts. Perkins was booked to appear on The Perry Como Show on NBC-TV on March 24, but on March 22 he and his band were in a serious automobile crash on the way to New York City, resulting in the death of a truck driver and the hospitalization of both Perkins and his brother.
Perkins never attained the stardom of Presley, who, according to Perkins, "had everything. He had the looks, the moves, the manager, and the talent.
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And he didn't look like Mr. Ed , like a lot of us did, Elvis was hitting them with sideburns, flashy clothes, and no ring on the finger. I had three kids. By mid-April, more than one million copies of "Shoes" had been sold,  earning Perkins a gold record.
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Perkins acquired the rights to the song, along with all of his other songs recorded for Sun Records, in Recording cover versions of songs was a common practice during the s and s, and "Blue Suede Shoes" was one of the first songs RCA Victor wanted its newly contracted artist, Elvis Presley, to record.
RCA Victor, with its superior distribution and radio contacts, knew it could probably steal a hit record from Phillips and Perkins. Presley, who knew both Perkins and Phillips from his days at Sun Records , gave in to pressure from RCA, but he requested that the company hold back his version from release as a single. According to Moore, when the song was recorded, "We just went in there and started playing, just winged it.
Just followed however Elvis felt. Presley performed the song on national television three times in The first was February 11 on Stage Show.
He assigns master numbers as follows: U - "Blue Suede Shoes" U - "Honey, Don't" U - "Sure to Fall" U - "Tennessee" There is some talk immediately after the session of keeping the old formula of coupling a rockabilly tune with a country weeper, but Phillips decides to go with one rockabilly single to be released under Carl's name and one country single, coupling "Sure to Fall" and "Tennessee," under the name of the Perkins Brothers Band or, possibly, Carl and Jay Perkins.
He instructs Rosen to process the acetate masters and ship sets of rpm and rpm stampers the metal parts used to press records to Plastic Products in Memphis. Phillips circulates dubs acetates run from the tapes to local radio stations and confirms that his hunch is correct: Plastic Products has the first commercial copies ready by the last week in December. Based on its local reception, Phillips suspects that there will be a heavy demand for "Blue Suede Shoes" and instructs Superior to ship stampers to Paramount in Philadelphia and Monarch Manufacturing in Los Angeles.
Billboard reviews "Blue Suede Shoes" in their country music review section: Fine for the jukes. The following week it is number 1, where it remains for three months. Billboard picks it as a "Country Best Buy.
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Billboard picks "Blue Suede Shoes" as one to watch for the pop market. It features in their "Coming Up Strong" picks. The cover versions start appearing. The first is probably by western swing bandleader Pee Wee King, to whom Carl had given a prerelease acetate when both artists played for the Milk Fund in Memphis.