Elvis Presley was deliberately filmed from the waist up only. Ed had previously declared he would never have Elvis on the show, but Elvis just got too big and Sullivan had no choice but to recant. Elvis appeared on the September 9, 1956 Sullivan Show, hosted by Charles Laughton, who referred to Elvis as “Elvin” Presley. For Elvis’ third and final appearance on the Sullivan Show, it was agreed: he would only be photographed from the waist up! And so, on that fabled night, the King sang his songs and was indeed shot only from the waist up.