In honor of Elvis’ first hit, there is now a real Heartbreak Hotel, located across from Graceland, the singer’s home in Memphis, Tennessee.
King Tops the Charts
Elvis Presley's first single hits No. 1
It’s no surprise Elvis Presley, or the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” knew how to make an entrance: His first single to enter the music charts, “Heartbreak Hotel,” not only hit the number one spot, it was also the best selling single of the year.
The song introduced Elvis’ original rockabilly sound, or the up-tempo fusion of country and blues music. That combined with his uninhibited stage and television performances quickly made him a household name. Following the release of “Heartbreak Hotel,” Elvis remained influential in rock music for decades.