Elvis & The Charts!

April, 23, 2005 - classics@countrymusicclassics.com
           By this week in 1957, Elvis Presley had placed 16 songs on the music charts, the latest of which was "All Shook Up." The song credits listed Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley as co-writers, but Presley never wrote any part of the many songs which carried his name as co-writer. All that was due to his manager Colonel Tom Parker's insistence that Elvis would not record a song unless he received half of the writer's credit.
           "All Shook Up" was recorded on Jan. 12, 1957 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California. The two-day recording session included both secular and gospel tunes.
           "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" was recorded Jan. 13 and became the flipside of "All Shook Up." The single was released in March and in April, RCA Records released the "Just For You" EP, which included songs that had been recorded on Jan. 19 and February 23rd. Also that same month, RCA released the "Peace In The Valley" EP with four more songs which had been recorded during the "All Shook Up" sessions. Two other songs from that same session were included in the "Loving You" soundtrack album which was released in July.
           "All Shook Up" became Billboard Magazine's No. 1 single of 1957, scoring No. 1 slots on both pop and country music charts.
           It was the second year in a row that Presley had scored the top single of the year, having done so the previous year with "Heartbreak Hotel." No other artist had ever topped the year end charts for two consecutive years.
           "All Shook Up" was Presley's first No. 1 single in Britian and despite his considerable record success in that country, he never toured outside of North America.
           Many music critics pointed out that it was Presley's choice not to leave the country but according to the 1981 "Elvis" biography, Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was actually Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk-and was born in Brula, Holland-and not in Virginia-as his many biographies stated.
           Since he was not a U.S. citizen, Parker (or Kuijk) could not obtain a U.S. passport - so he could not leave the United States since there was no guarantee that he would be allowed to return. So he made certain that he would not have to leave the country by keeping Presley on the American continent.
           "All Shook Up" entered the country music charts April 13, 1957, made it to No. 1, and was on the charts for 16 weeks. The single also scored a No. 1 on the popcharts the week of April 13, where it stayed for eight weeks.

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