“Elvis Presley For President” (1956)
By Ger Rijff
“He’s all for love, love, love
He’s all for kiss, kiss, kiss
He’s all for hug, hug, hug, hug, hug
Who else can give you this?!
Because a vote for him
Is a vote for Rock ‘n’ Roll
Elvis Presley (yesss!) for President!”
Unforgettable lyrics, heard on Lou Monte‘s RCA release Elvis Presley For President, from the summer of 1956.
1956: the year American citizens could vote for a new President. It was a race between Dwight (Ike) D. Eisenhower for the Republicans, and Adlaie Stevenson, candidate for the Democrats. Ike won big time on election day, in November of that year.
Did Lou Monte’s call to vote for Elvis got any support? Yes, indeed it did! No less than 5000, by write-in, voted Elvis for President!
Only in America, friends. Only in America!
Thanks to Jans for helping to find the Lou Monte advertisement.