Song of the Day #431
Song of the Day: Jailhouse Rock, a Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller gem, was the first song to debut at #1 on the British singles chart (it went to the top spot again in 2005). Elvis Presley also took it to #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart, for a 7-week run that began on this day in 1957 (it was paired with "Treat Me Nice" on the B-side, which also charted). The song was the title track and highlight production number of Elvis's third film, which opened in theaters also on this day in 1957. Three weeks after the song fell from the top spot, Elvis was drafted into the U.S. army. This song remains one of my all-time favorites in the Presley catalogue; it's a
blues-based burner. Listen to an audio clip here.