Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog 45 by Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley had burst upon the American music scene during early 1956 with his huge hit single, “Heartbreak Hotel.” That was just a warm-up for the biggest hit single of his career.

“Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” was a two-sided hit that was not only the number one single of the 1950s but it would be the biggest chart single until 1992.

Biggest Sellers In Stores Chart – 7/18/56 – 11 weeks at number one.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 9/8/56 – 8 weeks at number one.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 9/1/56 – 11 weeks at number one.
Billboard Top 100 Chart – 9/15/57 – 6 weeks at number one.

Both songs were recorded July 2, 1956. It took 28 takes to get “Don’t Be Cruel” right and 31 for “Hound Dog.” They remain two of Elvis’ most recognizable hits.

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One Response to Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog 45 by Elvis Presley

  1. Amazingly influential record. It may not have been the birth of rock and roll but it defined what would follow.

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