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Heartbreak Hotel/I Was The One

HMV 7M 385 (45 rpm)

Track Listing:

Side 1:

1. Heartbreak Hotel

Side 2:

1. I Was The One

Released: March 1956:

Sound Format: mono

UK Single No. (01)

"Heartbreak Hotel" was the title of the first Elvis Presley record released in the U.K. This was also his first RCA single of new material in the U.S, where it hit the top spot. A haunting ballad, accompanied by pianist, Floyd Cramer. The song was given to Elvis by Mae Boren Axton, who co-wrote it with Tommy Durden. The B-side, another ballad was recorded at the same RCA Nashville session in January, 1956.

NOTE: This single was issued using the matrix number 7XAV, part of the EMI system.

Side 1: 7XAV 1422     Side 2: 7XAV 1423

POP 182 (78rpm)

(Sleeve Variation 1 - Front)

Type 1:

This sleeve was a pale yellow colour with red printing,
 

The HMV logo, located at the top-centre of the sleeve, contained a picture of a dog, 'Nipper' listening to a gramophone with the words "His Master's Voice" underneath, Under the logo it read: The Hallmark of Quality. (Both Sides)

 

Boxed instructions Both Sides stated that:

THIS RECORD MUST BE PLAYED AT 45 REVS. PER MINUTE

(left-centre) and

The use of "EMITEX" cleaning material (available from record dealers) will preserve this record and keep it free from dust. (right-centre)

"HIS MASTER'S VOICE" (Bold Red Capitals - Under Centre Hole)

(Both Sides)

(Sleeve Variation 1 - Rear)

Under "HIS MASTER'S VOICE" at the bottom of the sleeve, the following information could be found:

Distributing Organisation for Great Britain     

THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY LIMITED          

                     RECORD DIVISION                            

8-11 GREAT CASTLE STREET, LONDON, W.1  (Left Side)        

Export Distributing Organisation

E.M.I.    INTERNATIONAL     LIMITED

 HAYES     MIDDLESEX     ENGLAND

Made and Printed in Great Britain (Right Side)

Note: Type 1:

This sleeve was a pale yellow colour with black printing, Not normally used for Elvis releases.

(Sleeve Variation 2 - Front)

Type 2:

This sleeve was a pale yellow colour with red printing,
 

This record has an optional centre. In its present form it can be played upon three speed record players or radiograms with a small centre spindle. (Top Left - Both Sides)

To play this 45 r.p.m. record on record players and radiograms with a large centre post remove the small centre disc of the record by pressing with the thumbs. (Top Right - Both Sides)

The HMV logo, located at the top-centre of the sleeve, contained a picture of a dog, 'Nipper' listening to a gramophone with the words "His Master's Voice" underneath, Under the logo it read: The Hallmark of Quality. (Both Sides)

 

Boxed instructions Both Sides stated that:

THIS RECORD MUST BE PLAYED AT 45 REVS. PER MINUTE

(left-centre) and

The use of "EMITEX" cleaning material (available from record dealers) will preserve this record and keep it free from dust. (right-centre)

"HIS MASTER'S VOICE" (Bold Red Capitals - Under Centre Hole)

(Both Sides)

(Sleeve Variation 2 - Rear)

Under "HIS MASTER'S VOICE" at the bottom of the sleeve, the following information could be found:

Distributing Organisation for Great Britain     

THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY LIMITED          

                     RECORD DIVISION                            

8-11 GREAT CASTLE STREET, LONDON, W.1  (Left Side)        

Export Distributing Organisation

E.M.I.    INTERNATIONAL     LIMITED

 HAYES     MIDDLESEX     ENGLAND

Made and Printed in Great Britain (Right Side)

 

(Thanks to Paul Alner For The Information)

(Sleeve Variation 3 - Front)

Type 3:

This sleeve was a pale brown colour with red printing,
 

This record has an optional centre. In its present form it can be played upon three speed record players or radiograms with a small centre spindle. (Top Left - Both Sides)

To play this 45 r.p.m. record on record players and radiograms with a large centre post remove the small centre disc of the record by pressing with the thumbs. (Top Right - Both Sides)

The HMV logo, located at the top-centre of the sleeve, contained a picture of a dog, 'Nipper' listening to a gramophone with the words "His Master's Voice" underneath, Under the logo it read: The Hallmark of Quality. (Both Sides)

 

Boxed instructions stated that:

THIS RECORD MUST BE PLAYED AT 45 REVS. PER MINUTE

(left-centre) and

WHEN NECESSARY CLEAN RECORD WITH A SLIGHTLY MOIST CLOTH (right-centre)

"HIS MASTER'S VOICE" (Bold Red Capitals - Under Centre Hole)

(Both Sides)

THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY LTD. HAYES. MIDDLESEX. ENGLAND (Bottom of Sleeve)

(Sleeve Variation 3 - Rear)

Boxed instructions stated that:

THIS RECORD MUST BE PLAYED AT 45 REVS. PER MINUTE

(left-centre) and

THE WORLD'S GREATEST ARTISTES RECORD FOR "HIS MASTER'S VOICE" (right-centre)

Under "HIS MASTER'S VOICE" at the bottom of the sleeve, the following information could be found:

COPYRIGHT SUBSISTS IN H.M.V. RECORDS. ANY UNAUTHORISED BROADCASTING, LIVE PERFORMANCE OR RE-RECORDING OF SUCH RECORDS IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WILL CONSTITUTE AN INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT AND IS FORBIDDEN. APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE GRAMAPHONE CO. LTD., HAYES, MIDDLESEX, ENGLAND.

(Sleeve Variation 4 - Front)

Type 3:

This sleeve was red & white with white printing,

"HIS MASTER'S VOICE" (Bold White Capitals)

For The Tops in Pops

(Top Centre - Both Sides)

Boxed instructions stated that:

THIS RECORD MUST BE PLAYED AT 45 R. P. M. (left-centre - Both Sides)

The use of "EMITEX" cleaning material (available from record dealers) will preserve this record and keep it free from dust. (right-centre - Both Sides)

Main Graphic: Illustrations of people dancing (Both Sides)

The HMV logo, located at the bottom-centre of the sleeve, contained a picture of a dog, 'Nipper' listening to a gramophone with the words "His Master's Voice"

REGD. TRADE MARK OF THE GRAMOPHONE Co. LTD. (Below The HMV Logo)

THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY LTD. HAYES. MIDDLESEX. ENGLAND

Made and Printed in Great Britain (Bottom of Sleeve)

(Sleeve Variation 4 - Rear)

This sleeve was red & white with white printing,

"HIS MASTER'S VOICE" (Bold White Capitals)

For The Tops in Pops

(Top Centre - Both Sides)

Boxed instructions stated that:

THIS RECORD MUST BE PLAYED AT 45 R. P. M. (left-centre - Both Sides)

The use of "EMITEX" cleaning material (available from record dealers) will preserve this record and keep it free from dust. (right-centre - Both Sides)

Main Graphic: Illustrations of people dancing (Both Sides)

The HMV logo, located at the bottom-left of the sleeve, contained a picture of a dog, 'Nipper' listening to a gramophone with the words "His Master's Voice"

REGD. TRADE MARK OF THE GRAMOPHONE Co. LTD. underneath,

E.M.I. RECORDS LIMITED

(CONTROLLED BY ELECTRIC AND MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LIMITED)

HAYES. MIDDLESEX. ENGLAND

Made and Printed in Great Britain (Bottom of Sleeve)

(Sleeve Variation 5 - Front)

Type 5:

This sleeve was red & white with white printing,

Identical To Variation 4 Except for White Tabs in Top Corners

(Sleeve Variation 5 - Rear)

This sleeve was red & white with white printing,

Identical To Variation 4 Except for White Tabs in Top Corners

(Test Pressing/Factory Sample/Demo/Promo)

(Factory Sample - Side 1)

(White Label)

45 R.P.M.

Stamped H. M. V.

Single Sided Side 1 "Heartbreak Hotel"

Microgroove Test Record

NOT FOR SALE

(Knockout Centre)

(1956 Pressing)

(Mono)

(Written Details)

(Factory Sample - Side 2)

(Serrated Edge)

(Blank - Side 2)

Stamped PLAY REVERSE SIDE

(Thanks To Andy Honeywell For The Images)

(Purple Label, HMV Logo, Gold Lettering, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 1 - Side 1)

(Purple Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Gold Lettering)

(Knockout Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

TREE PUBLISHING CO. (Between Lines on Left)

(Variation 1 - Side 2)

(Smooth Edge)

ABERBACH
MECOLICO
(Between Lines On Left)

(Full Stop after Accomp)

(Thanks to Paul Alner for the information)

(Thanks to Andy Honeywell for the images)

(Purple Label, HMV Logo, Gold Lettering, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 2 - Side 1)

(Purple Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Gold Lettering)

(Knockout Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

TREE PUBLISHING CO. (Between Lines on Left)

(Variation 2 - Side 2)

(Smooth Edge)

ABERBACH
MECOLICO
(Between Lines On Left)

(No Full Stop after Accomp)
 

(Thanks to Andy Honeywell for the images)

(Purple Label, HMV Logo, Gold Lettering, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 3 - Side 1)

(Purple Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Gold Lettering)

(Knockout Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

MILLS

(Between Lines on Left)

(Variation 3 - Side 2)

(Smooth Edge)

ABERBACH
MECOLICO
(Between Lines On Left)

(Space Between Catalogue Number)

(Thanks to Andy Honeywell for the images)

(Purple Label, HMV Logo, Gold Lettering, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 4 - Side 1)

(Purple Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Gold Lettering)

(Knockout Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

MILLS

(Between Lines on Left)

(Variation 4 - Side 2)

(Smooth Edge)

ABERBACH
MECOLICO
(Between Lines On Left)

7M385 (No Space Between Catalogue Number)

(Purple Label, HMV Logo, Gold Lettering, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 5 - Side 1)

(Purple Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Gold Lettering)

(Knockout Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

MILLS MUSIC

(Between Lines on Left)

(Variation 5 - Side 2)

(Smooth Edge)

ABERBACH
MECOLICO
(Between Lines On Left)

7M385 (No Space Between Catalogue Number)

(Thanks to Andy Honeywell for the images)

(Purple Label, HMV Logo, Gold Lettering, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 6 - Side 1)

(Purple Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Gold Lettering)

(Knockout Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

B.F. WOOD
NCB/BIEM

(Between Lines on Left)

(Variation 6 - Side 2)

(Serrated Edge)

ABERBACH
MECOLICO
(Between Lines On Left)

(Thanks to Andy Honeywell for the images)

(Purple Label, HMV Logo, Gold Lettering, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 7 - Side 1)

(Purple Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Gold Lettering)

(Knockout Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

FRANK MUSIC
B.F. WOOD
NCB/BIEM

(Between Lines on Left)

(Variation 7 - Side 2)

(Serrated Edge)

ABERBACH
MECOLICO
(Between Lines On Left)


(Thanks to Andy Honeywell for the images)

(Purple Label, HMV Logo, Gold Lettering, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 8 - Side 1)

(Purple Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Gold Lettering)

(Knockout Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

TREE PUBLISHING CO. (Between Lines on Left)

(Variation 8 - Side 2)

(Serrated Edge)

ABERBACH
MECOLICO
(Between Lines On Left)


(Thanks to Andy Honeywell for the images)

(Purple Label, HMV Logo, Gold Lettering, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 9 - Side 1)

(Purple Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Gold Lettering)

(Knockout Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

MILLS MUSIC

(Between Lines on Left)

(Variation 9 - Side 2)

(Serrated Edge)

ABERBACH
MECOLICO
(Between Lines On Left)

7M385 (No Space - Both Sides)

(Thanks to Andy Honeywell for the images)

(Purple Label, HMV Logo, Gold Lettering, Jigsaw Centre)

(Variation 10 - Side 1)

(Purple Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Gold Lettering)

(Jigsaw Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

FRANK MUSIC

B.F. WOOD
NCB/BIEM

(Between Lines on Left)

(Variation 10 - Side 2)

(Serrated Edge)

ABERBACH
MECOLICO
(Between Lines On Left)

(Thanks to Andy Honeywell for the images)

UK Chart Information:

This Single entered the UK charts on May 17, 1956, peaking at no. 2.

Chart Run: (21 Weeks)

17/05/1956 - 15

24/05/1956 - 14

31/05/1956 - 08

07/06/1956 - 05

14/06/1956 - 04

21/06/1956 - 03

28/06/1956 - 02

05/07/1956 - 02

12/07/1956 - 03

19/07/1956 - 03

26/07/1956 - 04

02/08/1956 - 04

09/08/1956 - 06

16/08/1956 - 06

23/08/1956 - 07

30/08/1956 - 07

06/09/1956 - 07

13/09/1956 - 09

20/09/1956 - 20

27/09/1956 - 24

04/10/1956 - 22

Chart Run: (1 Week)

01/11/1956 - 23

Information: www.officialcharts.com

Recording Information:

Heartbreak Hotel

(January 10, 1956: RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee)

I Was the One

(January 11, 1956: RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee)

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