Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel

First performance: 02/12/1977


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 24 times :
 
  • Darkness On The Edge Of Town tour
1978-07-07 - THE ROXY THEATRE, WEST HOLLYWOOD
1978-07-28 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, MIAMI, FL
1978-08-19 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1978-08-21 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY
1978-08-23 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY
1978-08-25 - NEW HAVEN VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, NEW HAVEN, CT
1978-08-26 - PROVIDENCE CIVIC CENTER, PROVIDENCE, RI
1978-08-28 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH
1978-08-30 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1978-09-01 - MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE, DETROIT, MI
1978-09-03 - SAGINAW CIVIC CENTER, SAGINAW, MI
1978-09-06 - UPTOWN THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL
1978-09-10 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH
1978-09-12 - ONONDAGA COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, SYRACUSE, NY
1978-09-13 - SPRINGFIELD CIVIC CENTER, SPRINGFIELD, MA
1978-09-29 - BOUTWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, BIRMINGHAM, AL
1978-10-01 - FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA, GA
1978-12-01 - LLOYD NOBLE CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA, NORMAN, OK
1978-12-09 - DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER ARENA, DALLAS
1979-01-01 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
 
  • Off- Tour  
1977-12-02 - LOEB STUDENT CENTER, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK CITY
A vocal shared with Robert Gordon at the Student Centre, New York City, on 2 December 1977 was Bruce’s first known public performance.
 
Robert Gordon

1979-03-14 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK
Robert Gordon

1979-05-27 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK
Robert Gordon

1982-06-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface
 

Songinfo

"Heartbreak Hotel" is a song recorded by Elvis Presley. It was released as a single on January 27, 1956, It was written by Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton
A newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window inspired the lyrics. Axton presented the song to Presley in November 1955 at a country music convention in Nashville. Presley agreed to record it, and did so on January 10, 1956, in a session with his band, The Blue Moon Boys, the guitarist Chet Atkins, and the pianist Floyd Cramer. Presley had first performed "Heartbreak Hotel" during a live show in December 1955 during a tour of the Louisiana Hayride, but the song gained strong popularity after his appearance on Stage Show in March 1956. It became a staple of Presley's repertoire in live appearances, last performed by him on May 29, 1977, at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton asked Glenn Reeves to help with the song, but after hearing the title he remarked that it was "the silliest thing I've ever heard", and left them to finish it themselves.The song was written within an hour, and Durden recorded it onto Axton's tape recorder. Reeves returned, and after hearing the song he was asked to provide a voice demo for Axton in the style of Elvis Presley. Reeves obliged, but once again turned down the offer of a writing credit for his input. Axton met Elvis at a July 28 concert in Jacksonville, this time interviewing him for the local media. Rumors had been circulating in the press for several weeks that Presley, who had begun his career at Sun Records, was ready to move to RCA Victor to help launch him nationally. Axton played the demo to him in his room at the Andrew Jackson Hotel on November 10, 1955. Upon hearing the demo, Presley exclaimed "Hot dog, Mae, play that again!", and listened to it ten times, memorizing the song.After signing with RCA on November 21, 1955, Presley accepted Axton's offer of a third of the royalties if he made the song his first single on his new label. Presley performed the song for the first time in Swifton, Arkansas on December 9, 1955, and declared to the audience that it would be his first hit.
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Whenever he could, Bruce would mention the enormous influence, Elvis had on him and on his music. Elvis is the most covered artist by Bruce (23 times) together with Chuck Berry, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan. The Influence of Elvis on Bruce, is described in a documentary compiled from previously existing footage by Dennis P. Laverty, a former Old Bridge resident who now lives in Staten Island (and who calls Springsteen and Elvis Presley "my two favorite rock stars". He used concert footage and previously released interview segments with Springsteen and various rock experts to show just how important Elvis Presley was to Springsteen.
 
 
 
 
"It's a cliché story, but watching Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show changed Bruce Springsteen's entire life. "It was the evening I realized a white man could make magic," he said in 2012, "that you did not have to be constrained by your upbringing, by the way you looked, or by the social context that oppressed you. You could call upon your own powers of imagination, and you could create a transformative self." He urged his mother to buy him a guitar after that, and in 1976 he went to Graceland after a Memphis show and even hopped the fence in a failed effort to meet the King himself. Elvis died during the recording of Darkness on the Edge of Town, right as Springsteen was hoping the King would cover his new song "Fire." Springsteen channeled his sorrow into "Come On (Let's Go Tonight)," which later morphed into "Factory."
 
 
"In the beginning, every musician has their genesis moment. For you, it might have been the Sex Pistols, or Madonna, or Public Enemy. It's whatever initially inspires you to action. Mine was 1956, Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was the evening I realized a white man could make magic, that you did not have to be constrained by your upbringing, by the way you looked, or by the social context that oppressed you. You could call upon your own powers of imagination, and you could create a transformative self. A certain type of transformative self, that perhaps at any other moment in American History, might have seemed difficult, if not impossible. And I always tell my kids that they were lucky to be born in the age of reproducible technology, otherwise they'd be traveling in the back of a wagon and I'd be wearing a jester's hat. It's all about timing. The advent of television and its dissemination of visual information changed the world in the fifties the way the internet has over the past twenty years. Remember, it wasn't just the way Elvis looked, it was the way he moved that made people crazy, pissed off, driven to screaming ecstasy, and profane revulsion. That was television. When they made an attempt to censor him from the waist down, it was because of what you could see happening in his pants. Elvis was the first modern Twentieth Century man, the precursor of the Sexual Revolution, of the Civil Rights Revolution, drawn from the same Memphis as Martin Luther King, creating fundamental, outsider art that would be embraced by a mainstream popular culture. Television and Elvis gave us full access to a new language, a new form of communication, a new way of being, a new way of looking, a new way of thinking; about sex, about race, about identity, about life; a new way of being an American, a human being; and a new way of hearing music. Once Elvis came across the airwaves, once he was heard and seen in action, you could not put the genie back in the bottle. After that moment, there was yesterday, and there was today, and there was a red hot, rockabilly forging of a new tomorrow, before your very eyes."
 
Bruce also wrote a song : "I’m turning into Elvis" :
 
During the Rainforest Fund concert at 1995/04/12 Bruce played the song and used this as an intro :
 
" this is the second half of the show, gonna be a tribute to Elvis and his decade. It´s been done before and a lot prettier than we’re about to do it….but that´s ok, look at it like you’re 15 years old, you don’t know a whole lot about Elvis and your uncle gets up in the livingroom trying to explain to you what it was all about. So with that in mind I’ve written a song especially for this particular occasion. You remember the coach Tom Landry, when he was trying to explain his personal relationship that he had with God ? well, this is a song that’s sort of about my personal relationship with him….´´ [Taken from the Backstreets Magazine, issue 49.] 
  

Lyrics

Since my baby left me
I found a new place to dwell
Down at the end of Lonely street at Heartbreak Hotel
I get so lonely baby
I get so lonely
I get so lonely I could die

Although it's always crowded
I still can find some room
Where those broken hearted lovers
Cry away their gloom, oh!
I get so lonely
I get so lonely
Get so lonely I could die

Bellhop's tears keep flowing
Desk clerk dressed in black
They been so long on lonely street
They ain't never comin' back
I get so lonely
I get so lonely
Get so lonely I could die

If your baby leaves you
And you have a tale to tell
Just take a walk
Down Lonely street to Heartbreak Hotel
I get so lonely baby
I get so lonely
I get so lonely I could die