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On July 27, 1956, Elvis did something typically unexpected when he appeared at the Blackwood Brothers All-Night Gospel Singing at Ellis Auditorium, and sang “Jesus Filled My Every Need” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” (photo)

In June 1954, the Blackwoods appeared on the hit CBS show “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.”


Two weeks later, two members of the quartet died in a plane crash.

Three days after the funeral, 19-year-old Elvis entered Sun Studios to make his first recordings. It is very likely that he was one of those mourners who passed beyond R.W.’s coffins. Blackwood and Bill Lyles, as he had been a fan of their music since he was fourteen years old.

Shortly after the Blackwood plane crash, Elvis actually had the opportunity to join a Gospel quartet, not the Blackwood brothers, as has been erroneously reported, but one who was an offshoot of the Blackwoods: the Songfellows, formed by Jim Hamill and Cecil Blackwood, nephew of James Blackwood.

Elvis asked to audition to join the group, but was rejected. Elvis acknowledged receipt, continued to improve, and a few months later, he was given a second chance when Cecil moved to the Blackwoods, but Presley had already signed with Sun Records.

The rest is history.

Sources: The Atomic Powered Singer by Brian Petersen, Elvis Hoy and others

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