500 Greatest Songs of All Time


Elvis Presley, 'Don't Be Cruel'

Writers: Otis Blackwell, Presley
Producer: Steve Sholes
Released: July '56, RCA
27 weeks; No. 1

Slapping the back of his guitar for extra percussion, Presley invented a new style for himself with his take on this song by blues singer Blackwell. "Don't Be Cruel," backed with "Hound Dog," was a double-sided smash on the pop, R&B and country charts. Its 11-week domination of the Number One spot was the longest in history - until "End of the Road," by Boyz II Men, broke that record in 1992.

Appears on: Elvis: 30 #1 Hits (RCA)

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