Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………on January 25th of 1958 Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” becomes the first single ever to enter the UK Pop chart at number one. Backed by “Treat Me Nice”, the record would stay on top for three weeks. This was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who also wrote “Hound Dog,” which became a huge hit when Elvis recorded it. Leiber and Stoller excelled at writing catchy pop songs with elements of blues music. Their songs could be very funny and clever, and often take place in unusual situations. Some of their other hits include “Love Potion #9” and “On Broadway.” Mike Stoller played piano on this track. The movie got its name from this song. When Leiber and Stoller wrote it, the film was titled Ghost of a Chance. The duo had the script and wrote the song for the scene where inmates put on a show in the prison. After the song was recorded, it was clear that it was going to be a hit, so the movie was renamed Jailhouse Rock. The single was released in September 1957 and reached #1 on October 21. The film was released on November 8. This was a massive hit. It was #1 on the US pop charts for seven weeks, and also reached #1 on the country and R&B charts.”Jailhouse Rock” has one of the most memorable intros in rock history: two guitar chords with snare drum hits. The intro last just six seconds, but the pattern repeats throughout the verses, establishing a firm musical hook that remains the envy of songwriters.