One Night (Elvis Presley song)

"One Night"
Single by Elvis Presley
A-side "I Got Stung"
Released October 21, 1958
Format 45 rpm, 78 rpm single
Recorded February 23, 1957, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California
Genre Rockabilly, rhythm and blues, rock and roll[1]
Length 2:32
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, Anita Steinman
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Hard Headed Woman" / "Don't Ask Me Why"

"One Night"

"I Need Your Love Tonight" / "A Fool Such as I"


"One Night" is a song written by Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, and Anita Steinman. It was an R&B hit for Smiley Lewis in 1956, before being recorded with greater commercial success by Elvis Presley in 1957.[2]

Smiley Lewis [ edit ]

The original recording of the song by Smiley Lewis, for Imperial Records, is sometimes titled "One Night of Sin", in line with the original lyrics. The single reached No.11 on the Billboard R&B chart in early 1956.[3] The song's composition was originally credited to Dave Bartholomew and his wife, Pearl King.[4]

Elvis Presley [ edit ]

Presley recorded a version of the song with its original lyrics on January 18, 1957, but this version would not be released until 1983. Both Elvis' manager and record company had reservations about the suggestive lyrics. Elvis did not give up on the song. He continued to play with it during his spare time on the set of Loving You, finally rewriting the lyrics that he felt were holding the song captive, changing "One night of sin is what I'm now paying for" into "One night with you is what I'm now praying for." Presley's recording credited Anita Steinman as an additional co-writer, with Bartholomew and King.

On February 23, 1957, at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles, he showed up with his new lyrics, feeling sure they would meet his label's approval.[5][6] It was issued as a single in October 1958 and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's singles chart. The song was published by Elvis Presley Music.

Presley's recording was issued as a double A-side with "I Got Stung", and reached number one twice on the UK Singles Chart.[7] In the U.S., "One Night", reached number four on the pop singles chart and number ten on the R&B chart.[8] The song became the UK's 1000th number-one single upon its second release in January 2005. It was also his last single to be issued on 78 RPM records in the United States.[9] On 12 February 1959, it became the first song to reach No. 1 on the Irish Music Charts Top 10, when they were being printed in the Evening Herald. It spent one week at the top spot.

Rock critic Pete Johnson observed that the song contains a triple negative with the lyrics "I ain't never did no wrong".[2]

Personnel [10]

Other versions [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Jorgensen, Ernest (1998). Elvis Presley, A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. St. Martin's Press. p. 129.
  2. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 8 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 266.
  4. ^ "Songs written by Pearl King", Retrieved 24 June 2019
  5. ^ Jorgensen, Ernest (1998). Elvis Presley, A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. St. Martin's Press. pp. 79, 85, 86.
  6. ^ Collins, Ace (1 April 2005). "Untold Gold: The Stories Behind Elvis's #1 Hits". Chicago Review Press. p. 126. Retrieved 25 June 2019 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 707. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 468.
  9. ^ "One Night / I Got Stung". Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  10. ^ Jorgensen 1998, p. 86.
  11. ^ Connolly, Ray (21 March 2017). "Being Elvis: A Lonely Life". Liveright Publishing. Retrieved 25 June 2019 – via Google Books.

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