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Heartbreak Hotel<br />Elvis’s first release after moving to major label RCA from independent  label Sun Records.<br />His ...
Origins<br />Written in 1955 by Mae Boren Axton a high school teacher with  singer–songwriter Tommy Durden.<br />The lyric...
Recording<br />Recording at RCA Nashville was a different experience for Presley and his band, who were used to a more rel...
The band<br />The record features Presley’s live band:<br />Bill Black – double bass  <br />DJ Fontana – drums <br />Presl...
Structure<br />	8 bar blues :   /E /E/E/E/A/A/B/E/<br />	Stop time accents in verse.<br /> The verses are an octave higher...
Melody<br />          5th     8th8th8th5th    7th    8th<br />    “Well   since   my   ba   by   left me.......”<br />8th ...
Arrangement<br />High guitar/snare on stop accents<br />Only voice and double bass on first chorus<br />Brush drums & guit...
Vocal<br />Drenched in tape echo (a more lonely effect?)<br />Opening line pushes voice into belt tone<br />Chorus more br...
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Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

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Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

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  2. 2. Heartbreak Hotel<br />Elvis’s first release after moving to major label RCA from independent label Sun Records.<br />His first #1 million selling record<br />The first Elvis song to be released in the UK<br />
  3. 3. Origins<br />Written in 1955 by Mae Boren Axton a high school teacher with singer–songwriter Tommy Durden.<br />The lyrics were based on a report in The Miami Herald about a man who had jumped to his death from a hotel window, leaving a suicide note: <br /> "I walk a lonely street".<br />Axton said "Let's put a Heartbreak Hotel at the end of this lonely street".<br />
  4. 4. Recording<br />Recording at RCA Nashville was a different experience for Presley and his band, who were used to a more relaxed atmosphere at Sun. <br />Producer Steve Sholes painted an X on the floor, telling him "Whatever you do, don't move". Sholes noticed that Presley's voice and guitar were not always being picked up by the microphone. <br />Presley explained to Sholes that he had to "jump around to sing it right. It's something that just happens—just a part of the way I sing". <br />Sholes arranged for the whole studio to be re-miked so that Presley's voice and guitar could be picked up from anywhere in the studio<br />
  5. 5. The band<br />The record features Presley’s live band:<br />Bill Black – double bass <br />DJ Fontana – drums <br />Presley’s guitar player Scotty Moore was given the guitar solo despite the presence of Nashville guitar legend Chet Atkins<br />Nashville session pianist Floyd Cramer also features.<br />
  6. 6. Structure<br /> 8 bar blues : /E /E/E/E/A/A/B/E/<br /> Stop time accents in verse.<br /> The verses are an octave higher than the chorus.<br /> Four verses are broken with a guitar solo.<br /> Melody is based on blues pentatonic scale.<br />
  7. 7. Melody<br /> 5th 8th8th8th5th 7th 8th<br /> “Well since my ba by left me.......”<br />8th 7th 4thb3rd<br /> “Heart break Ho-tel” 1st1st1stb3rd 1st “I'll be so lone-ly ...”<br />
  8. 8. Arrangement<br />High guitar/snare on stop accents<br />Only voice and double bass on first chorus<br />Brush drums & guitar counter riff on second chorus<br />Blues piano trills added on third chorus.<br />Guitar plays Elmore James style solo riff at 12th fret. <br />Piano adds walking bass beneath guitar solo and takes over solo with blue note trills in high octave.<br />Band play triplet accent at the end of last verse.<br />Bass descent outrofollowed by guitar: F9th/ E9th <br />
  9. 9. Vocal<br />Drenched in tape echo (a more lonely effect?)<br />Opening line pushes voice into belt tone<br />Chorus more breathy/thin fold baritone<br />Rhythmic burst release on plosive “baby”<br />Emotes the lyric: <br /> Slight creak release on “cry there....”<br /> Emotes the lyric: Surly diction/attitude<br /> Spits “tale to tell” Creak sustain on last “die”<br />

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