Elvis Presley performed on the radio version of the program in 1954 and made his first television appearance on Louisiana Hayride in March 1955.
Ecstatic at 14 with my first Elvis 45
I stood between my
big brother’s speakers
and turned the volume up
to absorb the voice
and ride the rhythm
surging through my body.
My Mom disapproved of Elvis,
Marlon Brando with his motorcycle
and the no cause rebel James Dean.
Their cocky masculinity, she said
could influence her son,
and spin him around
until he goes off
in the wrong direction.
Years later when I was away at school
Mom tossed my hot rod club jacket
along with my Elvis LP
Mark Scott Smith
This is the song I listened to over and over, standing between my big brother’s towering speakers.