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Music the Week Elvis Presley First Hit Number One
by Alex Cosper (12/22/12)




Elvis Presley's first national release on RCA Victor, "Heartbreak Hotel" was a winner, topping the Billboard's pop chart, then called The Top 100 for the May 5, 1956 issue. His previous recordings since 1954 had been issued by an independent company from Memphis, Sun Records. By the time Elvis hit the top, the charts were already filled with several rock and roll as well as rhythm and blues hits, whereas "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley had been more revolutionary for its time the previous year. "Heartbreak Hotel" became the first of 18 number one hits for Elvis.

TOP HITS

Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
Perry Como - Hot Diggity
Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes
The Platters - Magic Touch
Teresa Brewer - A Tear Fell

RECENT HITS

Les Baxter - Poor People of Paris
Nelson Riddle - Lisbon Antigua
Four Lads - No Not Much
Pat Boone - I'll Be Home
Teen-Agers - Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
Kay Starr - Rock and Roll Waltz
Fontane Sisters - Eddy My Love
Gale Storm - Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
Perry Como - Juke Box Baby
Diamonds - Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
The Platters - Great Pretender

RISING HITS

Lonnie Donnegan - Rock Island Line
Cathy Carr - Ivory Tower
Morris Stoloff - Moonglow and Theme from Picnic
Otis Williams - Ivory Tower
Little Richard - Long, Tall Sally
George Cates and His Orchestra - Moonglow and Theme from Picnic
Richard Maltby - Main Title: Man With The Golden Arm
Pat Boone - Long, Tall Sally
Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes
Don Robertson - Happy Whistler
Gale Storm - Ivory Tower
Peggy Lee - Mr. Wonderful
Chordettes - Eddy, My Love
Four Lads - Standing On The Corner

NEW MUSIC

Bill Haley - R-O-C-K
Fats Domino - I'm In Love Again
Teen-Agers - I Want You To Be My Girl
Tony Bennett - Can You Find It In Your Heart?
Rusty Draper - Held For Questioning
Gogi Grant - Wayward Wind
Little Richard - Slippin' And Slidin'
Four Esquires - Look Homeward, Angel
Larry Elgart - Main Title: Man With The Golden Arm
Andy Williams - Walk Hand In Hand
Sarah Vaghan - Mr. Wonderful
Eydie Gorme - Too Close For Comfort
Cleftones - Little Girl of Mine
Tony Martin - Walk Hand In Hand
Four Lads - My Little Angel
Vic Damone - On The Street Where You Live
Four Aces - To Love Again
McGuire Sisters - Delilah Jones
Pat Boone - Tutti Frutti
Platters - Winner Take All
Ames Brothers - It Only Hurts For a Little While
Dean Martin - Memories Are Made of This
Sunny Gale - Rock and Roll Wedding
Ames Brothers - Forever Darling
Fats Domino - My Blue Heaven
Nat King Cole - Never Let Me Go
Dream Weavers - A Little Long Can Go A Long Long Way
Patti Page - My First Formal Gown
Chet Atkins - Poor People of Paris
Fats Domino - Bo Weevil
Four Aces - If You Can Dream
McGuire Sisters - Picnic

OTHER RECORDS

Elvis Presley - I Was The One
Dick Jacobs - Main Title Molly-O (Man With The Golden Arm)
Don Cherry - Wild Cherry
Teresa Brewer - Bo Weevil
Dick Hyman - Theme From The Three Penny Opera (Moritat)
Nat King Cole - Too Young To Go Steady
Bill Haley - See You Later, Alligator
Elmer Bernstein - Main Theme From The Man With The Golden Arm
Four Voices - Lovely One
Nick Noble - To You, My Love
Eddie Fisher - Without You
Russ Morgan - Poor People of Paris
Dean Martin - Innamorata
Teen Queens - Eddy, My Love
Diamonds - Church Bells May Ring
Nelson Riddle - Port-Au-Prince
Bill Haley - Saints Rock and Roll
Mitch Miller - Lisbon Antigua
Frank Sinatra - Flowers Mean Forgiveness
Bing Crosby - In a Little Spanish Town
Louis Armstrong - Mack The Knife


LATER SONGS ABOUT ELVIS PRESLEY

Roddy McDowell - The King Is Gone
Alannah Miles - Black Velvet





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