LISTENING TO | ELVIS PRESLEY | ONE NIGHT WITH YOU

Posted on March 24, 2015 by Trace

E L V I S  P R E S L E Y
– ONE NIGHT WITH YOU –
On the Jukebox this week we’re heading
all the way back to ’57.

elvispresley.handsomecitizens.jukebox The song was originally written and recorded under the title “One Night (Of Sin).” Both Elvis’ manager and record company had reservations about the suggestive lyrics. 

Elvis did not give up on the song. He continued to play with it during his spare time on the set of ‘Loving You’, finally rewriting the lyrics that he felt were holding the song captive, changing

“One night of sin is what I’m now paying for”  to  

“One night with you is what I’m now praying for.”

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elvispresley.handsomecitizens.jukebox1957 on set of Loving You

On February 23 1957, at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles, he showed up with his new lyrics, feeling sure they would meet his label’s approval. It was issued as a single in October 1958 and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s singles chart.

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Above: Jennifer Holden & Elvis Presley Jailhous Rock 1957
as Vince Everett and Sherry Wilson

In January 2005 the song was re-released in the UK to commemorate Elvis’ 70th birthday. It went to #1, replacing Elvis’ “Jailhouse Rock,” which was also re-released. It became the fourth track ever to be #1 twice and only the third time in UK chart history that an artist has replaced themselves at the top of the charts.

The other two occasions occurred in 1963 when The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” replaced “She Loves You” and in 1981 when John Lennon’s “Woman” replaced “Imagine.” Both songs were re-released following Lennon’s assassination.

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