On June 11, 1949, Hank Williams Sr. made his first appearance on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. He received an unprecedented six encores and was launched into superstardom at 25.
He was dead by the age of 29.
On Sept. 9, 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. His swiveling hips, snarling lip and southern charm turned him into an overnight superstar.
He died in 1977 at the age of 42.
On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first appearance on the Sullivan show.