chapter  2
From Hillbilly Cat to Elvis the Pelvis: 1954-1958
Pages 48

The first phase of Elvis Presley’s career began when he walked through the door of Sun Records to record “That’s All Right”; it ended when he was inducted into the army. Marked by its diversity, this four-year period encompasses his beginnings as a local country-western singer and his emergence as a nationally known, controversial rock ’n’ roll star. During this time, he not only became a popular recording star, he also generated high ratings with his television performances and starred in films that were box-office successes.