#4M : 1956 Elvis and Friends

Today’s theme for #MondaysMusicMovesMe or #4M has been chosen by “The Shadow”.  They will be the ‘music conductor’ for the month of January.  Today’s assignment is Elvis Presley, as his birthday is January 8.  In addition, we have been instructed to pick an additional song from the Elvis Presley era.  That’s where it gets a bit interesting, as Elvis was around from the mid 1950’s until late 1970’s.

Elvis started recording in 1953, but didn’t really hit it big until January 1956, when he made his first recordings with RCA in Nashville.   The first hit that came out of that recording session was ‘Heartbreak Hotel’.  Later that month, he appeared on television for the first time, and did more recording sessions.  By the end of the year, he had 5 songs that fell in the Top 20 songs for the year.

Because this was quite the successful year for Elvis, I’ve decided to focus on 1956 for this post.

I’ve got the 5 songs, plus 5 additional from that same year, that also fell in the Top 20 songs of the year.

  • #1 - Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
  • #2 - Elvis Presley - Don’t Be Cruel
  • #3 - Nelson Riddle - Lisbon Antiqua
  • #4 - Platters - My Prayer
  • #8 - Elvis Presley - Hound Dog
  • #10 - Kay Starr - Rock and Roll Waltz
  • #12 - Platters - The Great Pretender
  • #14 - Elvis Presley - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  • #15 - Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender
  • #16 - Perry Como - Hot Diggity

Enjoy!  Do you have a favorite Elvis song? Or a song from his era?

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow (Jan 8) for the Battle of the Bands Results

Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by JAmerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked, Curious as a Cathy. , and Ramblin with AM. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.  If you have a MUSIC* post, feel free to join in the fun! *sorry non-music posts are not permitted in this bloghop.


  1. Mary,

    Fabulous 50s collection! You shared some of Elvis' most popular tracks. It's hard for me to say which is my favorite but of the ones you listed I might have to say it's either "Heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog", or "Love Me Tender". I'm undecided. The Platters are a fav oldies group. I love the performers style from that era from the way the dressed to the way they moved on stage. Great, fun selection!

    1. I found it interesting that most of my favorites came out of this particular year - the year he really hit it big.

  2. Very nice song list. I picked Heartbreak Hotel and the The Platters "My Prayer" also. I guess great music minds think alike.

  3. Our favorite Elvis song is "Jailhouse Rock." "heartbreak Hotel and "Hound Dog" are right up there. Judging by your playlist, he was head and shoulders above everyone else.

    1. I thought it was great to see the comparison on the charts between the different sounds. You are right, he definitely was above the others.

  4. Hello, and I love Elvis and Heartbreak Hotel and also Suspicious Minds as well. Along with Platters - The Great Pretender as for the other songs you mentioned there was a lot I didn't know about but look forward to checking out this week.

    1. Those are some really great songs. Enjoy the posts!

  5. Oh my gosh, sorry I'm so late. I had therapy today & I'm hurtin' big time. Anyway, girl you sure know how to pick them. I will say the song "My Prayer" by the Platters was one of my Dad's favorite songs & a few tears came to this old girl's eyes I'll tell ya! I haven't heard that song in years. Thank you very much. Love all your tunes & pickins! Big hugs & thank you girlfriend!

    1. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Thanks for stopping in.

  6. I always enjoy the oldies as I call them.
    Thanks for the dance.
    Have a great week!

  7. No matter how "old" Elvis is..he will always make me smile, just a hunk of burning love he was!! Thank you for the early morning smile!

  8. Stellar choices, Mary! I remember my dad singing along to many of them when I was little. :) Thanks for the dance! :)


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