Jan 272014

1956: Elvis Presley’s single, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was recorded just two days after Elvis’s 21st birthday and released on January 27th by RCA Records, who had just purchased his contract from Sun Records for the then astronomical sum of $35,000.

The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually sell over a million, becoming Elvis’s first Gold record. Elvis has had 150 different albums and singles that have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In 1995 “Heartbreak Hotel” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2004 Rolling Stone magazine named it one of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”  Also in 2004, it was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”

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