Elvis Presley released several acclaimed classic rock songs during his career. However, their producers were not fans of one of their most famous tracks. Oddly enough, Elvis thought even one of his favorite songs was useless.
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Phillips had a big role in Elvis’ early career. Elvis initially recorded songs for Philip’s famous label Sun Records. The recordings made by the singer at Sun Records are some of the most acclaimed – if not necessarily the most popular – of his career. However, he later moved to a different label, RCA Victor. Not all of Phillips were fans of Elvis’ RCA Victor recordings.
Rolling stone Elizabeth Kaye asked Phillips when she knew the “It’s Now or Never” singer was going to be a huge star. “Not when I heard ‘Heartbreak Hotel,'” he said. “That was the worst record. I found it when I heard ‘Don’t be cruel.’ I was going back from the first vacation in my life, and it came on the radio, and I said, ‘Wait a minute. Jesus, He’s gone and gone, man.’ I want to run off the road.”
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asked if he was jealous. “Hell, no, ’cause when I heard ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ I said, ‘B*tch’s damned son is going to mess this guy up,'” he replied. “Then, boy, I heard ‘Don’t be cruel,’ and I was the happiest man in the world.”
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Phillips hated a track that became famous. Interestingly, Phillips also loved an early Elvis track that the singer hated: “Mystery Train.” “It’s my favorite record on Elvis,” he revealed. “And when we took that, he laughed because he thought it wasn’t worth a sh*t. I mean he was the one, he was, with that stupid laugh at him. He just knew that I wasn’t going to be happy with that cut, so it kind of foolishly acted like hell, and it turned out super.
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Did Elvis Presley’s first song ‘Heart Break Hotel’ reach No. 1?
Despite Phillips’ sentiments, “Heartbreak Hotel” became a huge hit. According to Billboard Book of No. 1 Hits, it peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Top 100, holding the top spot for weeks. It was the singer’s original number 1 single.
The “Heartbreak Hotel” became so famous, its title has been used for several entities associated with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. For example, there was once an Elvis-themed hotel called the Heartbreak Hotel. Also, Heartbreak Hotel is the name of a light comedy set in the 1970s about children who kidnap the “Can’t Help Falling in Love” singer so that their mothers can visit them. Phillips was not a fan of “Heartbreak Hotel”, but the track made a huge impact on pop culture.
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