On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley released “Heartbreak Hotel”.
“Heartbreak Hotel” was Elvis’ first single released under the RCA label and was written by Mae Boren Axton and Tommy Durden. The song tells the tale of a lonely man who jumped to his death out of a hotel window.
Elvis’ diverse musical tastes heavily influenced “Heartbreak Hotel”. He seamlessly combined pop and country of the mid-fifties with music from his youth, including church gospel and the R&B he encountered on Memphis’ iconic Beale Street.
The unique sound of “Heartbreak Hotel” combined with Elvis’ good looks, charisma, and sensuality catapulted the Tennessee native to superstardom
With a sound unlike other music released during this period, the song became an instant hit topping billboard charts. After holding position in the charts for seven weeks, it became Elvis’ first single to sell over a million copies. In 1995, “Heartbreak Hotel” was inducted to the Grammy Hall of fame.
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