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A newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window inspired the lyrics. Axton presented the song to Presley in November at a country music convention in Nashville. The single topped Billboard ' s Top chart for seven weeks, Cashbox ' s pop singles chart for six weeks, was No. Presley had first performed "Heartbreak Hotel" during a live show in December during a tour of the Louisiana Hayridebut the song gained strong popularity after his appearance on Stage Show in March It became a staple of Presley's repertoire in live appearances, last performed by him on May 29,at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
A rock and roll standardsince its original release "Heartbreak Hotel" has been covered by several rock and pop acts, including Willie Nelson and Leon Russellwho recorded a duet version that topped the Country charts in The song was written inby Mae Boren Axtona high school teacher with a background in musical promotion, and Jacksonville based singer—songwriter Tommy Durden.
General Trees - Tarzan lyrics were based on a report supposedly in The Miami Herald about a man who had destroyed all his identity papers and jumped to his death from a hotel window, leaving a suicide note with the single line, "I walk a lonely street". Axton and Durden give different accounts of how the song was written. Durden's account is that he had already written the song and performed it with his band the Swing Billys before he presented it to Axton.
Let's put a Heartbreak Hotel at the end of this lonely street". The duo asked Reeves to help with the song, but after hearing the title he remarked that it was "the silliest thing I've ever heard", and left them to finish it themselves.
Reeves obliged, but once again turned down the offer of a writing credit for his input. Axton Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis* - The Legend Lives On the popular singing duo the Wilburn Brothersand offered them the chance to record "Heartbreak Hotel".
However, Doyle and Teddy Wilburn declined, describing the song as "strange and almost morbid". Axton, however, agreed to a publishing deal with Buddy Killena young Weeds - Do As Infinity - Do The Box bass player, who had recently set up his own publishing company called Tree Publishing. Axton followed Presley's career closely after this incident,  and met him at a July 28 concert in Jacksonville, this time interviewing him for the local media.
Rumors had been circulating in the press for several weeks Blues Stay Away From Me - Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps* - Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps Presley, who had begun his career at Sun Recordswas ready to move to RCA Victor to help launch him nationally. Axton played the demo to him in his room at the Andrew Jackson Hotel on November 10, Guitar player Scotty Moore later commented, "It was a larger studio than Sun's and more regimented - they called everything by a tape number.
We would sit around at Sun, eat hamburgers and then somebody would say, 'Let's try something. Almost immediately Sholes discovered a problem while recording Presley. RCA Victor had always insisted their performers stay still as they sang so the microphone would pick up the vocals; even the slightest tilt of the head would result in missing sound.
Sholes had told Presley to stand on a painted X on the floor, telling him "Whatever you do, don't move". During the recording of "I Got a Woman", Sholes noticed that Presley's voice and guitar were not always being picked up by the microphone. Presley explained to Sholes that he had to "jump around to sing it right. It's something that just happens—just a Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis* - The Legend Lives On of the way I sing". Sholes arranged for the whole studio to be re-miked so that Presley's voice and guitar Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis* - The Legend Lives On be picked up from anywhere in the studio, and recording continued.
In an interview, Durden conceded that he did not recognize his song after Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis* - The Legend Lives On had made the changes to it in the studio, including the tempophrasing, lyrics, and overall sound. Speaking of Sholes' producing credits, Phillips said "he was not a producer. Steve was just at Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis* - The Legend Lives On session". The New Musical Express wrote that, "If you appreciate good singing, I don't suppose you'll manage to hear this disc all through.
On February 22, the song entered the Billboard pop chart at number 68, and the Country and Western chart at number nine. Within two months, "Heartbreak Hotel" reached number one on both charts. The song spent a total of twenty-seven weeks in the top The song also became Presley's first charting single in the United Kingdom. It made its debut on the UK Singles Chart in May ; it peaked at Number 2 the next month and stayed on the charts for 22 weeks. Presley performed the song during most of his live shows Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis* - The Legend Lives On and and for the last time on May 29,at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
For many people it is Elvis Presley, and it continues to excite and fascinate listeners. Heartbreak Hotel is a classic performance, yet when it is analyzed it appears so simple that one cannot recall a time when one did not know it. In a interview, John Lennon recalled his friend Don Beatty's introducing him to Presley's music. Lennon said that his family rarely had the radio on, unlike other members of the Beatles who grew up under its influence.
When I first heard "Heartbreak Hotel", I could hardly Thermo (Take 2) - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Caravan out what was being said. It was just the experience of hearing it and having my hair stand on end. We'd never heard American voices singing like that.
They always sang like Sinatra or enunciate very well. Suddenly, there's this hillbilly hiccuping on tape echo and all this bluesy stuff going on. And we didn't know what Elvis was singing about It took us a long time to work what was going on. To us, it just sounded as a noise that was great . George Harrison described "Heartbreak Hotel" as a "rock n roll epiphany" when inat age 13, he overheard it while riding his bike at a neighbor's house. Some have said that "Heartbreak Hotel" turned that well-mannered schoolboy into a guitar-crazed truant who would audition for John Lennon's Quarrymen the following year.
The Rolling Stones ' guitarist Keith Richards wrote in his autobiography that "Heartbreak Hotel" had a huge effect on him.
Beyond Presley's singing itself, it was the total effect of his sound and his silence that so totally affected Richards:. Then, "Since my baby left me"—it was just the sound That was the first rock and roll I heard. It was a totally different way of delivering a song, a totally different sound, stripped down, no bullshit, no violins and ladies' choruses and schmaltz, totally different. It was bare right to the roots that you had a feeling were there but hadn't yet heard.
I've got to take my hat off to Elvis. The silence is your canvas, that's your frame, that's what you work on; don't try and deafen it out.
That's what "Heartbreak Hotel" did to me. It was the first time I'd heard something so stark. Led Zeppelin 's lead singer Robert Plant stated that the song "changed his life. It was so animal, so sexual, the first musical arousal I ever had.
You could see a twitch in everybody my age. All we knew about the Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis* - The Legend Lives On was that he was cool, handsome and looked wild. Critic Robert Cantwell wrote in his unpublished memoir Twigs of Folly :.
The opening strains of "Heartbreak Hotel", which catapulted Presley's regional popularity into national hysteria, opened a fissure in the massive mile-thick wall of post-war regimentation, standardization, bureaucratization, and commercialization in Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis* - The Legend Lives On society and let come rushing through the rift a cataract from the immense waters of sheer, human pain and frustration that have been building up for ten decades behind it.
Paul McCartneywho participated in Uncut ' s poll stated, "It's the way [Presley] sings it as if he is singing from the depths of hell. His phrasing, use of echo, it's all so beautiful. Musically, it's perfect. Heartbreak Hotela film based on a mythical incident involving the kidnapping of Presley, was released theatrically in Dreams - Mindless - Burn Radio humorist Stan Freberg parodied "Heartbreak Hotel" immediately after its release, because the vocals on the original record featured a heavy use of reverb.
Country singer Johnny Cash parodied the song in on the television show Town Hall Partyimitating Presley's characteristic crib and hip movements.
Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn noted that, at first as The Quarrymen then later as the Happy Song (Remix) - Various - Dolce Vita Vol. 2, the group performed "Heartbreak Hotel" live from until in Liverpool then later in Hamburg and elsewhere. A recorded version has not been forthcoming. Part of the original personnel of the recording released their own versions, Chet Atkins recorded it for the album The Guitar Genius and also, Presley's lead guitarist Scotty Moore recorded the song for his album The Guitar that Changed the world.
Cashbox pop singles chart. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Heartbreak Hotel disambiguation. Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
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