RCA 47 6420 Black Label Dog On Top
The label has Elvis Presley on one line, Scotty and Bill on another. Release number at bottom of the label
Side A. Heartbreak Hotel
Side B. I Was The One
Heartbreak Hotel made Billboard's Hot 100 chart on February 22 1956, it became Elvis' first national number 1, it remained on the chart for twenty seven weeks and stayed at number 1 for seven weeks. On the same day it reached number 1 on the Country charts also for twenty seven weeks. It made the Rhythm & Blues chart on April 4th 1956 at the number 5 slot, it remained on this chart for thirteen weeks. I Was The One reached number 23 on the Hot 100 chart on February 29th 1956, and stayed on the chart for sixteen weeks.
This 45 was released in the UK in March 1956 on His Master's Voice Label, catalogue No. 7m 385, it had gold lettering on a purple label, and was later done in silver lettering and reached the number 2 slot
Elvis' first recording session for RCA kicked off a 2pm on January 10th, they started the session with "I Got A Woman", and had the master after 8 takes. Elvis moved to Mae Axton's song, it would be hard to say what genre "Heartbreak Hotel" was written in, it was probably more blues than anything else, Elvis and the band had been doing it in live shows for a few months, so they new the feel of the number, and after 7 takes they had the master in the bag and the A-side for their first RCA single.
The flipside would be a song Elvis would often recall "as one of his proudest moments of his early RCA career", "I Was The One", has a simple arrangement and some tricky vocals for Elvis to deal with.
Heartbreak Hotel - Recorded January 10th 1956
I Was The One - Recorded January 11th 1956
RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Elvis Presley - Vocals, Guitar
Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins - Guitar
Bill Black - Bass
D.J. Fontana - Drums
Floyd Cramer - Piano
Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer, Brock Speer - Vocals
US - January 1956
UK - March 1956
US - 1
UK - 2