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Jailhouse Rock

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller

Recorded: April 30, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 6.

Single:w/ "Treat Me Nice", 47-7035, September 24, 1957
Also released on 78rpm, 20-7035, September 24, 1957
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0619, 1961

RIAA Certified: 2X Multi-Platinum (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#1 on Billboard's Hot 100
#1 on Country Best-Seller chart
#2 on Rhythm & Blues chart
#1 on Cash Box chart

1st LP release: Elvis Golden Records Vol 1 - April 1958
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My Spin

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"Jailhouse Rock" is the quintessential Fifties rock song. It's got everything a rocker should have, plus some! Solid drums, searing guitar, boogie piano, that unforgettable opening rhythm, and typically silly Fifties rock 'n' roll lyrics. This pure rock formula sets the stage for some high expectations, and Elvis' shouting vocals STILL manage to steal the show!

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

This is a classic Presley recording and the film sequence is startling. Another Jerry Lieber-Mike Stoller number, the chords which grab the attention at the start, and punctuate the song, are among the most famous sounds in rock 'n' roll. Dudley Brooks' piano, high on the keyboard, is another never-to-be-forgotten sound, and the natural rock beat, with real bounce between the beats, is the epitome of controlled fire. The fire comparison continues with the burning guitar licks; but against this exciting instrumental sound, Presley's voice personifies youthful rebellion, through the power of music. This performance is a true rock classic...

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

The essence of rock and roll, captured on film and wax for the ages. From the film of the same name, this was one of Elvis' most electrifying song scenes ever. The music has the kick of a mule and the vocals are well nigh ineffable - high, uncompromising, angry, violent, sexy, fun, foolish, relentless - everything that rock is, was or is ever likely to be in its purest incarnations. D. J. Fontana's snare drum was a revelation. Mike Stoller plays piano, and Scotty and Bill rock out.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

...Elvis' vocal entry -- indeed his entire vocal performance on this track -- is an anguished howl, describing a party in the "old cellblock." Rife with images of various inmates rockin' it up, the tune is 12-bar rock & roll at its best, its lyrics virtually timeless...

from the AllMusic review of "Jailhouse Rock"

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"Jailhouse Rock" Lyrics and Downloads

The warden threw a party in the county jail
The prison band was there and they began to wail
The band was jumpin' and the joint began to swing
You should've heard those knocked out jailbirds sing
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone
Little Joe was blowin' on the slide trombone
The drummer boy from Illinois went crash, boom, bang
the whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Number forty-seven said to number three
You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see
I sure would be delighted with your company
come on and do the Jailhouse Rock with me
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

The sad sack was a sittin' on a block of stone
way over in the corner weepin' all alone
The warden said, Hey, buddy, don't you be no square
If you can't find a partner use a wooden chair
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Shifty Henry said to Bugs, For Heaven's sake
no one's lookin', now's our chance to make a break
Bugsy turned to Shifty and he said, Nix nix
I wanna stick around a while and get my kicks
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
Jailhouse Rock
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