Elvis Presley Shocks Fans and Upsets CriticsAfter appearing on several episodes of CBS’s Stage Show in early 1956, Elvis Presley then appeared on The Milton Berle Show on NBC on April 3 while on deck of the USS Hancock in San Diego. His performance was a real hit with the sailors but his next performance on the show received raised eyebrows. It was on this day in 1956 that Berle asked Elvis to leave his guitar backstage saying, Let ‘em see you, son.” Well, he did. During the song “Hound Dog,” Elvis stopped part way through to show off his grinding skills and gyration talent which did not go unnoticed. Some critics claimed that he had no singing ability while others started referring to the singer as “Elvis the Pelvis,” something he was not fond of stating that it was "one of the most childish expressions I ever heard, comin' from an adult.” Ed Sullivan hated the performances and declared that the crooner was “unfit for family viewing.” However, he softened when Presley later made an appearance on the Steve Allen Show and the episode beat Sullivan’s in the ratings for the first time. Sullivan then welcomes Elvis to perform on his stage on September 9 of the same year.