By doing this he was unequivocally crowned The King of Rock And Roll.
Elvis exploded onto the national music scene in early 1956 with his debut RCA hit, "Heartbreak Hotel." He had made a local impact in the South with several songs recorded on Sun Records, and had a Country & Western Number One with the song, "I Forgot To Remember to Forget" in late 1955. However, with "Heartbreak Hotel," released in January 1956, he was on his way. It stayed on the top of the Billboard chart for 8 weeks, eventually becoming the Number One Song of 1956.
His follow-up hit was a (relatively) minor song called "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You." It was released in May, 1956 and reached Number One for one week in July. However, it was clearly over-shadowed by the other song he introduced at the same time, "Hound Dog."
From the beginning of August until the beginning of December, Elvis Presley was the most popular singer in the United States.
It's telling that during these sixteen weeks, Ed Sullivan changed his mind about booking him on his variety show. On September 9, Elvis made the first of his three initial appearances, famously not being filmed below the waist.
| Note that Elvis is given a writing credit, |
although he had nothing to do with the song
Ironically, The King died 39 years ago this month. He passed away on August 16, 1977, 21 years exactly after he had his crowning musical achievement.