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I must surely have driven my parents a bit nuts when I used to play this song, loud ,on our old radiogram in the fifties. I loved this powerful number from Elvis, with the great backing too.
The Elvis Presley version of Jailhouse Rock is listed at #67 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Some of the characters named in the song are real people. Shifty Henry was a well-known L.A. musician, not a criminal. The Purple Gang was a real mob. Sad Sack was a U.S. Army World War II nickname for a 'loser'; it also became the name of a popular comic strip and comic book character, around the time that Beetle Bailey was also a comic character.(Reference: Wikipedia)
As performed in the 1957 movie titled Jailhouse Rock
I was fortunate to have seen this movie when it first came out in 1957. Other songs from the movie (and released on discs) included Young and Beautiful, Don't Leave Me Now, and two of my favorites, I Want to be Free and (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care.
1968 TV Comeback Special
Elvis Presley sings Jailhouse Rock live in his Tv special in an intimate TV audience setting. I often feel that when a great song is performed a little faster it is not as great as the original version. What are your thoughts?
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