This is a fragment of the Ed Sullivan Show (1957) where Elvis appeared as a ‘thoroughly alright’ young man, singing Peace in the Valley in an a cappella setting.

Sullivan’s words after the performance ring true to me… Because a big chunk of Elvis’ appeal – apart from the singing of course – is how ‘alright’, how at ease he is with himself. This energy is transfered from him to the spectators – at least this is what I felt after watching him.

This is a lesson all performers can take to heart: you don’t have to do a lot more than be yourself and perform well.

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