Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Presley
Presley 1956 Heartbreak Hotel 45

Well, since my baby left me
I found a new place to dwell
It's down at the end of lonely street
at Heartbreak Hotel

Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in 1956 for eight weeks
  • peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles chart in 1956
  • RIAA certified Platinum record (2x)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #45 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • Presley's first single release on the RCA Records label and the second song he recorded during his debut session at RCA Victor
  • "Heartbreak Hotel" was the first hit, first No. 1 song and first million-selling single for Elvis
  • on the record:
         Elvis Presley - lead vocals
         Scotty Moore - electric guitar
         Chet Atkins - acoustic guitar
         Bill Black - bass
         Floyd Cramer - piano
         D.J. Fontana - drums
         Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer, Brock Speer - backing vocals
  • written by Mae Boren Axton, Thomas Durden, Elvis Presley
  • co-writer Mae Axton was 41-year old high school English teacher who moonlighted as a songwriter
  • produced by Steve Sholes
  • recorded January 10, 1956 in Nashville, TN
  • length- 2:08
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