TBT- The King’s First Hit
On May 5, 1956, Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” reached #1 on the Billboard Top 100. This might one of Presley's most popular songs, but do you know the story behind it?
The inspiration for this hit single came from an unlikely source — a suicide note.
It started when guitarist Tommy Durden read an article about a man who killed himself and left a note stating “I walk a lonely street.” Durden talked it over with Mae Boren Axton, who worked with Presley’s music promoter, and she was the one that suggested a “Heartbreak Hotel” at the end of the lonely street.
The inspiration shot off from there, with the duo canvassing a picture of a place where lonely lovers go to cry away their pain away.
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