RCA 47 6604 Black Label Dog On Top
Side A. Don't Be Cruel
Side B. Hound Dog
Hound Dog was on the Hot 100 chart on July 25th 1956, at the number 2 slot, it remained on the chart for twenty eight weeks, it entered the Country chart on the same day at the number 1 position and remained for twenty nine weeks. The Rhythm & Blues chart listed Hound Dog at number 1 on August 8th, it stayed on this chart for eight weeks.
Don't Be Cruel was number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart on August 8th 1956 and stayed on this chart for twenty seven weeks and was number 1 for seven of these weeks. The Country chart had this song at number 1 on July 25th, it remained on the chart for twenty nine weeks. The number 1 position for this song on theRhythm Blues chart on August 8th where it would stay for eight weeks, one week at number 1.
September 1956 was the date for this release, it reached number 2 on the UK chart, released on the His Master's Voice, with gold or silver lettering on a purple label, catalogue No. POP 249
Elvis returned to RCA's Studio 1 on July 2nd, to cut a new single, despite Elvis' understandable reservations about recording"Hound Dog" after the bad publicity he received from the Milton Berle show on June 5th, Steve Sholes and Parker persuaded him that the Leiber and Stoller number would be a hit, so in the studio Elvis took control, insisting on take after take until he got it right, take 31 would be the master.
Sholes was delighted in the outcome and was also happy at the way Elvis committed himself to the next track, and after 28 takes take 28 was the master, it just goes to show that when Elvis is given good material to work with, the results are fantastic.
Don't Be Cruel - Recorded July 2nd 1956, RCA Studio 1, New York
Hound Dog - Recorded July 2nd 1956, RCA Studio 1, New York
RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
RCA Studios, New York City
Elvis Presley - Vocals, Guitar
Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins - Guitar
Bill Black - Bass
D.J. Fontana - Drums
Marvin Hughes, Shorty Long - Piano
Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer,
Brock Speer - Vocals
US - July 13th 1956
UK - September 1956
US - 1 / 2
UK - 2