ELVIS didn’t invent rock & roll, but he’s certainly the one who made it famous worldwide.
He inflamed the then, mid-fifties, swinging but smooth genre to shocking effect. With his
sexy moves, his charismatic looks, his towering voice and, of course, his stellar songs.
For the prude, old(er) generation it was the devil’s music, for the patronized teenagers
it was a totally new and tempting world, one to be part of. A fresh and adventurous my generation soundtrack to shake off your parents’ supremacy. It all exploded big time for PRESLEY with his first ever number one single in the US. HEARTBREAK HOTEL hit
the top spot on 6th May 1956. Sixty years ago today!…
It was written by Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton, with the lyrics being inspired by a newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window. The incomparable era of the most exciting performer and coolest guy of his generation started
right there and then. THE KING was born. Especially for this historic occasion I picked 3 different versions of his breakthrough career. .
1/ The original recorded version (audio clip)
2/ A legendary 1956 live performance (don’t miss the immortal hip shakes)
3/ A gripping 1968 acoustic version by The King as millions remember him…