“Heartbreak Hotel” is an easy choice for my “H” Elvis topic for the A to Z Blogging Challenge as it has always been my favorite Elvis song. I have always loved “Heartbreak Hotel” for its music, which is odd for me since I am always about the lyrics and the singing. But something about that guitar makes my insides almost explode – and I’m a drum person!
Oddly enough, I am pretty sure the first version I heard of “Heartbreak Hotel” was not Elvis’, but Fonzie’s. Yes, that’s right The Fonz as in Happy Days. As a toddler, I watched Elvis’ movies but I don’t think I knew his non-movie music yet. At three years old, I was an avid Happy Days fan so it makes sense I would have heard “Heartbreak Hotel” on Happy Days sung by The Fonz before I heard Elvis sing it! Fonzie sang “Heartbreak Hotel” (with Laverne and Shirley backing him up) on Happy Days in episode 19 of season 3 on January 27, 1976, which was the 20th anniversary of Elvis’ release of “Heartbreak Hotel” on January 27, 1956. “Heartbreak Hotel” was Elvis’ first recording at RCA and his first Gold Record.
I was lucky enough to stay at the Heartbreak Hotel in Memphis twice, the year it opened in 1999 and on its last night in 2016. Oh, and I also worked there briefly in 2003. I have a long history with Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel.”
What is your favorite movie, song, book about Elvis that begins with ‘H’? Please comment below. Check back tomorrow to see what ‘I’ topic I’ve chosen for Elvis, as my A to Z April Blogging Challenge continues here.