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One Night

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Dave Bartholomew, Earl King (sometimes credited as "Pearl King" or "E.C. King")

"One Night Of Sin": Between January 15 & 18, 1957, Paramount Scoring Stage, Hollywood
Released master take number is unknown.
"One Night (With You)": February 23, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 10.

Single:w/ "I Got Stung", 47-7410, October 21, 1958
Also released on 78rpm single, 20-7410, October 21, 1958.
Also released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0624, 1961.

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#4 on Billboard's Hot 100.
#3 on Cash Box's Top 100.
#24 on Billboard's country chart.
#10 on Billboard's rhythm & blues chart.

1st LP release ("One Night"): 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Cant Be Wrong, Elvis Gold Records, Vol 2 - December 1959 1st LP release ("One Night Of Sin"): Elvis: A Legendary Performer, Volume 4 - November 1983
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My Spin

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Elvis recorded Smiley Lewis' "One Night of Sin", but with risque lyrics, it wasn't considered marketable in 1957, so it remained unreleased until 1983. It's a revelation to hear Elvis bite into a gritty slow blues tune like this, but the recording comes across as an unfinished rehearsal. Elvis, apparently hoping to get the tune included in the soundtrack of Loving You, reworked some of the lyrics himself to clean it up, and the rerecorded version is a much more polished recording, but it rocks a lot harder too! Elvis blasts out the vocals, at a power level at least on par with "Jailhouse Rock" or "Hound Dog", and the "power chord" guitar riff will burn into your head and won't be soon forgotten, if you're lucky. Overall, it's a nearly perfect performance, and with "I Got Stung" on the flip side, a pretty cool single for 1958!

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"One Night" is another classic: a slow rocker, Presley's voice takes on a "constricted" quality, which forces its way through the music. Presley's timing is held back until the break "Been too lonely too long" which is climactic in the best sense.

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

Originally titled "One Night of Sin" (in the 1956 version by Smiley Lewis)... Elvis cleaned up the lyrics, but the energy is raucous and pounding... A sizzling live version was performed on a 1968 NBC television special.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"One Night" Lyrics and Downloads

"One Night of Sin" Lyrics

One night of sin, yeah
Is what I'm now paying for
The things I did and I saw
Would make the earth stand still

Don't call my name
It makes me feel so ashamed
I lost my sweet helping hand
I got myself to blame

Always lived, very quiet life
Ain't never did no wrong
But now I know that very quiet life
Has caused me nothing but harm

"One Night (With You)" Lyrics

One night with you
Is what I'm now praying for
The things that we two could plan
Would make my dreams come true

Just call my name
And I'll be right by your side
I want your sweet helping hand
My loves too strong to hide

Always lived, very quiet life
I ain't never did no wrong
Now I know that life without you
Has been too lonely too long
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