Jailhouse Rock (song)
Name = Jailhouse Rock
from Album =
B-side ="Treat Me Nice"
September 24, 1957
Format = 45 RPM Single
Rock and Roll
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Chart position =
* #1 (US
Billboard Hot 100)
Last single ="
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" (June 11, 1957)
This single ="Jailhouse Rock"
(September 24, 1957)
Next single ="Don't" (January 7, 1958)
Misc = "Jailhouse Rock" is a song written by
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stollerthat first became a hit for Elvis Presley. The song was first released as a 45rpm singleon September 24, 1957, to coincide with the release of Presley's motion picture, "Jailhouse Rock". Composer Mike Stoller can be seen playing piano in the film presentation of the song.
The song as sung by Elvis Presley is #67 on
Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time [cite web|url=http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/11028260/the_rs_500_greatest_songs_of_all_time/1|title=The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time|publisher=RollingStone.com|accessdate=2007-06-02] and was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Releases and chart performance
The single, with its B-side "Treat Me Nice," was a US #1 hit for 7 weeks in the fall of 1957, and a UK #1 hit for three weeks early in 1958.
Also in 1957, "Jailhouse Rock" was the lead song in an EP (extended play single), together with other songs from the film, namely "Young and Beautiful," "I Want to be Free," "Don't Leave Me Now," and "
(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care." It topped the "Billboard" EP charts, eventually selling an additional two million copies and earning another double-platinum RIAA certification.
2005, the song was re-released in the UK and reached #1 for a single week. The song, which is an example of simple verse form, eventually sold four million copies in the US, thus earning a Double Platinum certification by the RIAA.
Characters and themes
Some of the characters named in the song are real people.
Shifty Henrywas a well known L.A. musician, not a criminal. The Purple Gangwas a real mob, not a rhythm section. "Bugs" was probably Bugsy Siegel, the Jewishgangster. " Sad Sack" was a U.S. Army nicknamein World War IIfor a loser, who also became a popular comic stripand comic bookcharacter.
As noted by "
Rolling Stone magazine" parts of the lyricsin which the prisoners flirt and dance with one another may be hinting at homosexualrelationships between inmates. [cite web|url=http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/6595912/jailhouse_rock/1|title=Jailhouse Rock (brief essay)|publisher=RollingStone.com|accessdate=2008-08-21]
Covers and references
"Jailhouse Rock" was performed regularly in a medley along with many old
rock and rollhits by Queen and was the opening song on Queen's 1980 North American tour for "The Game". It was the last song in the motion picture " The Blues Brothers". This song was featured on " American Idol" when Season 5 contestant Taylor Hicksperformed it on May 9, 2006 and when Season 7 contestant Danny Noriegaperformed it on February 20, 2008. The song was also featured in Disney's animated film " Leroy & Stitch" during the ending credits. In an episode of " Full House" Jesse and Becky sing this song at their wedding reception.
rock band Spider Murphy Gangis named after one of the characters in the lyrics. In Stephen King's novel Christine, "Jailhouse Rock" is playing when the car runs down Buddy Repperton, one of the guys who smashed up the car at the airport.
"Jailhouse Rock" has also been recorded by:
The Blues Brothers
John Cougar Mellencamp
Jeff Beck Group(featuring Rod Stewartand Ronnie Wood)
Billy "Crash" Craddock
Cliff Richard- at concerts
ABBAwith Olivia Newton-Johnand Andy Gibb
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
Enrique Guzmán(in Spanish)
Mind Garagerecorded by Elvis Presley's sound engineer Tom Pick and Recording technician Roy Shockley in RCA's "Nashville Sound" studio, under the management of Chet Atkins.
IBEXpre Queen era band featuring Freddie Mercuryon the recording Live In Liverpool
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