On September 24, 1957 exactly 60 years ago to the day, Elvis Presley released one of his most well-known tracks, Jailhouse Rock.
It was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and released as a single by RCA Victor, and would be prominently featured as part of Presley’s third movie of the same name. It was tongue-in-cheek, lyrically, with some of the characters mentioned, Shifty Henry, The Purple Gang, and Sad Sack based on real people.
The single was released with another song from the movie, Treat Me Nice, as the b-side, and stayed at number one for 7 weeks in the U.S. It was also the first single to enter the UK charts at number one, where it stayed for 3 weeks in 1958. Conversely, the track would be reissued in 2005 and be given the distinction of being the lowest selling single to reach number one in UK, but also the first single to enter the charts at number one twice.
The iconic clip of Elvis performing Jailhouse Rock in the movie is often considered by many to be the first ever music video, and has been interpreted a number of times of the years.
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