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
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(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)
"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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"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.
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