SUMMER, 1956 | Two African-American newspapers in Memphis, The Memphis World and The Tri-State Defender, hailed Elvis as a “Race Man” — not just for his music but also for his indifference to the usual social distinctions. In the summer of 1956, The World reported, “the rock ’n’ roll phenomenon cracked Memphis segregation laws, by attending the Memphis Fairgrounds amusement park during what is designated as ‘Colored Night'.”

SUMMER, 1956 | Two African-American newspapers in Memphis, The Memphis World and The Tri-State Defender, hailed Elvis as a “Race Man” — not just for his music but also for his indifference to the usual social distinctions. In the summer of 1956, The World reported, “the rock ’n’ roll phenomenon cracked Memphis segregation laws, by attending the Memphis Fairgrounds amusement park during what is designated as ‘Colored Night'.”

Memphis: Elvis Presley at home in his room with his stuffed animals and mother Gladys, May 1956.

Memphis: Elvis Presley at home in his room with his stuffed animals and mother Gladys, May 1956.

Elvis - Lansky Bros, Memphis - "Clothier to the King"

Elvis - Lansky Bros, Memphis - "Clothier to the King"

Elvis back stage with child, Jerry Turner, who would grow up to be a policeman assigned to guard Elvis' body at his funeral. Jerry describes his duty at Elvis' funeral as the saddest of his life ...

Elvis back stage with child, Jerry Turner, who would grow up to be a policeman assigned to guard Elvis' body at his funeral. Jerry describes his duty at Elvis' funeral as the saddest of his life ...

Elvis? He knew what was up.

Elvis? He knew what was up.

Elvis ♪♫♪♪

Elvis ♪♫♪♪

Elvis Presley.

Elvis Presley.

( 2016 IN MEMORY OF ★ † ELVIS  PRESLEY ♪♫♪♪ Rock & roll / pop / rockabilly / country / blues / gospel / rhythm & blues " Elvis " Flaming Star " ) ★ † ♪♫♪♪ Elvis Aaron Presley - Tuesday, January 08, 1935 - 5' 11¾" - Tupelo, Mississippi, USA. Died; Tuesday, August 16, 1977 (aged of 42) Resting place Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Education. L.C. Humes High School. Occupation: ♫ Singer, actor. Home town Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Cause of death: (cardiac arrhythmia).

( 2016 IN MEMORY OF ★ † ELVIS PRESLEY ♪♫♪♪ Rock & roll / pop / rockabilly / country / blues / gospel / rhythm & blues " Elvis " Flaming Star " ) ★ † ♪♫♪♪ Elvis Aaron Presley - Tuesday, January 08, 1935 - 5' 11¾" - Tupelo, Mississippi, USA. Died; Tuesday, August 16, 1977 (aged of 42) Resting place Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Education. L.C. Humes High School. Occupation: ♫ Singer, actor. Home town Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Cause of death: (cardiac arrhythmia).

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Elvis Presley with Dean Martin’s daughters

Elvis Presley with Dean Martin’s daughters

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