King Creole


This song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for the movie of the same name. Elvis recorded it at Radio Recorders of Hollywood on January 23, 1958. Working this session were: Elvis and Scotty Moore on guitar, Bill Black on bass, Ray Siegal on bass and tuba, Neal Mathews of The Jordanaires on bass and guitar, D.J. Fontana and Bernie Mathinson on drums, Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires on bongos, Dudley Brooks on piano. Hoyt Hawkins of The Jordanaires on cymbals, Warren Smith on trombone, Mahlon Clark on clarinet, John Ed Buckner on trumpet, and Justin Gordon on saxophone. The Jordanaires sang backing vocals. Elvis's recording of "King Creole" was released in July 1958 on both the EP "King Creole Vol. 1" and the LP "King Creole". On the pop charts in the U.S.A. the EP reached #1 and the LP reached #2. On the U.K. pop chart the song peaked at #2 in a 15-week run.