On the evening of June 5th, 1956 millions of American families gathered to watch The Milton Berle Show and enjoy some comedy, some songs and just a general good time with “Uncle Milty.” But, that evening’s episode was to feature a performance by a young singer named Elvis Presley with a performance of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s “Hound Dog.” Following Berle’s advice, Elvis didn’t take his guitar on stage, which allowed him to move freely, as you’ll see in this clip:
Nowadays, the King of Rock and Roll’s gyrations would be considered pretty tame. However, at the time it was considered highly sexual and the media was outraged. Outraged! The New York Times television critic declared that Presley had no singing ability and that “His one specialty is an accented movement of the body … primarily identified with the repertoire of the blond bombshells of the burlesque runway.” Even Ed Sullivan declared that the performance was “unfit for family viewing.”
What better way to celebrate when “Hound Dog” shocked the nation, then by drinking a nice, fizzy Hound Dog. It’s a refreshing, bubbly variation on the classic Greyhound cocktail, and a drink fit for The King.
The Hound Dog:
- 1 ounce Vodka
- 3 ounces club soda
- 1/3 ounce grapefruit juice
Pour the ingredients over ice in a short rocks glass. Lightly stir, and drink.
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