There are Elvis Presley stories galore, from his early days to his last, but many sidestep his skills for flashier topics.
One of the things Presley does not always get credit for is his graceful blending of gospel training, rock innovation and pop appeal. He grew up singing gospel, but when the family moved to Memphis it opened his ears to country, blues and bluegrass, notes AllMusic. The result? The Arthur Crudup blues tune "That's All Right" became his first single.
Many artists possess amazing voices but Presley, with his Southern charm, vocal versatility, sultry pout, and yes, those gyrating hips, stands out from the crowd, especially in mainstream 1950s America. Below is a priceless peek at his early career, a sizzling screen test (hey it's 1956!) of "Blue Suede Shoes" — and it's shot in color and in stereo.