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Heartbreak Hotel/I Was The One

HMV POP 182 (78 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 G2WB, part of the RCA system.

G2 = 1956. All 78's used this system.

Side 1: G2WB 209     Side 2: G2WB 218

7M 385 (45rpm)

(Sleeve Variation 1 - Front)

Type 1:

This sleeve was white with black printing.

 

"HIS MASTER'S VOICE" (Stamped Top Centre)

Greatest Artists - Finest Recording (Under The Centre Hole)

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" underneath, Under the logo.

78 R.P.M. RECORD (To The Right)

(Sleeve Variation 1 - Rear)

"HIS MASTER'S VOICE"

records are great favourites

why not add these to your collection? (Stamped Top Centre)

 

(Various Artists Promoted Throughout the Sleeve)

GIVE RECORD TOKENS ...

they solve all your gift problems (Under The Centre Hole)

Distributing Organisation for Great Britain     

THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY LIMITED          

                     RECORD DIVISION                            

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

 

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" underneath, Under the logo.   

Export Distributing Organisation

E.M.I.    INTERNATIONAL     LIMITED

 HAYES     MIDDLESEX     ENGLAND

Made and Printed in Great Britain (Right Side)

(Sleeve Variation 2 - Front)

Type 2:

This sleeve was red & white with white printing,

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

For The Tops in Pops (Top Centre)

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" underneath.

 

78 R.P.M RECORD (Either Side Of Logo)

(Sleeve Variation 2 - Rear)

This sleeve was red & white with white printing,

"His Master's Voice" (Bold Red Italics)

For The Tops in Pops (Top Centre)

Main Body Text: Promoting of other HMV artists.

Distributing Organisation for Great Britain

THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY LIMITED

RECORD DIVISION

8-11 GREAT CASTLE STREET, LONDON, W.1 (Bottom Left of Sleeve)

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" underneath.

Export Distributing Organisation

E.M.I. INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

HAYES. MIDDLESEX. ENGLAND

Made and Printed in Great Britain (Bottom Right of Sleeve)

(Test Pressing/Factory Sample/Demo/Promo)

(Factory Sample - Side 1)

(White Label)

78 R.P.M.

Single Sided 10" Acetate Side 1 "Heartbreak Hotel"

DEMONSTRATION RECORD

NOT FOR SALE

(Solid Centre)

(1956 Pressing)

(Mono)

(Written Details)

(Factory Sample - Side 2)

(Blank - Side 2)

Stamped Emidisc

MADE IN

GREAT BRITAIN

DISTRIBUTING

ORGANISATION

E.M.I. SALES SERVICE LTD

(Thanks To Andy Honeywell For The Images)

(Test Pressing/Factory Sample/Demo/Promo)

(Factory Sample - Side 1)

(White Label)

(Stamped H.M.V.)

78 R.P.M.

Double Sided "Heartbreak Hotel"

DEMONSTRATION SAMPLE

NOT FOR SALE (Both Sides)

(Solid Centre)

(1956 Pressing)

(Mono)

(Stamped Details)

(Factory Sample - Side 2)

(White Label)

(Stamped H.M.V.)

78 R.P.M.

Double Sided "I Was The One"

(Thanks To Andy Honeywell For The Images)

(Blue Label, HMV Logo, White Lettering, Solid Centre)

(Variation 1 - Side 1)

(Blue Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (White Lettering)

(Solid Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

B.F. Wood. NCB. Frank Music
(Bottom of Label)

(Variation 1 - Side 2)

RT Tax Code

Aberbach, Mecolico
(Bottom of Label)

(Blue Label, HMV Logo, White Lettering, Solid Centre)

(Variation 2 - Side 1)

(Blue Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (White Lettering)

(Solid Centre)
(1956 Pressing)
(Mono)

B.F. Wood. NCB.
(Bottom of Label)

(Variation 2 - Side 2)

RT Tax Code

Aberbach, Mecolico
(Bottom of Label)

(Blue Label, HMV Logo, White Lettering, Solid Centre)

(Variation 3 - Side 1)

(Blue Label)

HIS MASTER'S VOICE (White Lettering)

(Solid Centre)
(1957 Pressing)
(Mono)

Mills
(Bottom of Label)

(Variation 3 - Side 2)

RT Tax Code

Aberbach, Mecolico
(Bottom of Label)

​UK Chart Information:

Elvis' debut 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)

Elvis UK Sheet Music

used by kind permission: (Thanks to Robert)

elvisechoesofthepast.com/

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