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I Was The One




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Aaron Schroeder, Claude DeMetrius, Hal Blair, Bill Pepper

Recorded: January 11, 1956, RCA Studios, Nashville
Released master is take 7.

Single:w/ "Heartbreak Hotel", 47-6420, January 27, 1956
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0605, March 1959
Also w/"Wear My Ring Around Your Neck", JB-13500, April 1983

RIAA Certified: 2X Multi-Platinum (as of 07/15/1999)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#23 on Billboard's Hot 100 (In 2006, the CD single of "Heartbreak Hotel",
which also contained "I Was The One", reached #1.)
#35 on Cash Box Top 100
#11 on Country Disc Jockey chart

1st LP release: - February 1959
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My Spin

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"I Was The One" was an excellent choice for the B-side of Elvis' first RCA single. Those who bought it for "Heartbreak Hotel" may have been pleasantly surprised to flip it over and find a nice mid-tempo ballad with Elvis showing off a little more of his range and ability in an infectious melody. I'd say Elvis' performance here surpasses that of the famous A-side!

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


"I Was The One" is another ballad, and the biggest sound on any song from these sessions. Presley's voice comes over more clearly here: it is full of inflections, from a plummy staccato to a sneering falsetto. At the time these recordings were made, there was no singer to compare with Presley for range and instrumental use of the voice.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979




From Elvis' first RCA sessions, a beautifully executed song with vocal backing by Gordon Stoker and the Speer Brothers - perfect pitch and tempo by everybody. With a nice Floyd Cramer piano.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"I Was The One" Lyrics and Downloads

I was the one who taught her to kiss
The way that she kisses you now
And you know the way she touches your cheek
Well, I taught her how

I was the one who taught her to cry
When she wants you under her spell
The sight of her tears drives you out of your mind
I taught her so well

And then one day
I had my love as perfect as could be
She lived, she loved, she laughed, she cried
And it was all for me

I'll never know who taught her to lie
Now that it's over and done
Who learned the lesson when she broke my heart?
I was the one

And then one day
I had my love as perfect as could be
She lived, she loved, she laughed, she cried
And it was all for me

I'll never know who taught her to lie
Now that it's over and done
Who learned the lesson when she broke my heart?
I was the one
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