Elvis Presley

In 1956, rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley appeared on national television for the first time, on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

The adults saw Presley and thought, What the hell was that? If they were particularly threatened, they might shoo the kids back away from the television set, as if he were contagious and could somehow teach them about sex through the fuzzy black-­and-­white image.