Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock [Take 6][Master] Recorded April 30, 1957
Songwriters Leiber and Stoller had already penned a couple of Presley hits — most notably “Hound Dog,” picked up from blues belter Big Mama Thornton — but the theme song for Presley’s third movie was the duo’s first studio collaboration with the young superstar. “Jailhouse Rock” was decidedly silly, the kind of tongue-in-cheek narrative goof they had been coming up with for the Coasters. The King, however, sang it as straight rock & roll, overlooking the humor in the lyrics (like the suggestion of gay romance when inmate Number 47 tells Number 3, “You’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see”) and introducing Scotty Moore’s guitar solo with a cry so intense that the take almost collapses — Rolling Stone Magazine
April 23, 1956 Elvis performed at the Venus Room, New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas at 8.00 p.m. and midnight. Elvis opened a 2 week engagement in front of an older audience. Later Elvis recalled: ” after the first night I went outside and just walked around in the dark. It was awful. I wasn’t getting across to the audience.” But never the less Elvis fell in love with this city and he was thrilled to meet some many show business legends.