Written by: Dave Bartholomew, Earl King (sometimes credited as "Pearl King" or "E.C. King")
Recorded: "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"):
- December 1959 1st LP release ("One Night Of Sin"):
- November 1983
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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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"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.
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.
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