Jailhouse Rock wasn’t Tutti Frutti but Great Balls of Fire, what about Peggy Sue?

Today marks the first day everyone is back to school after the Christmas break. I know, right? The hubby and Princess Nagger were back last Wednesday, but Little Dude finally goes back today. Back to a ‘normal’ routine this week! I was going to take the Christmas decor down yesterday, but figured today is as good a day as any, right? It’s kind of bittersweet, though, when the house is barren of the festive mode.

Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means ! For the month of January, our Spotlight Dancer wishes to remain anonymous, known only as The Shadow! They have chosen the theme for this week, which is “’s Birthday is the 8th, so start off with an tune, but then switch to a singer/groups in the same era as ”. Let’s have some fun!

Let’s start off with a song that became a huge hit when Elvis recorded it. This song was featured in the Elvis movie of the same name, where Elvis plays a wrongly accused convict who becomes a star when he gets out. The film, which is considered one of the best of his 31 movies, is famous for the scene where Elvis performs this song in an elaborate dance number taking place in prison.

After the song was recorded, it was clear that it was going to be a hit, so the movie was renamed . The single was released in September 1957 and reached #1 on October 21. The film was released on November 8.

This was a massive hit. It was #1 on the US pop charts for seven weeks, and also reached #1 on the country and R&B charts. In the UK, it entered the charts at #1, becoming the first song to do so.

Here’s The King, Elvis, with “Jailhouse Rock”:

Next up is an artist from the same era as Elvis, with a song written in 1955 when he was working as a dishwasher at a Greyhound bus station in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Explaining how he came up with the song, he told was quoted as saying:

“I couldn’t talk back to my boss man. He would bring all these pots back for me to wash, and one day I said, ‘I’ve got to do something to stop this man bringing back all these pots to me to wash,’ and I said, ‘Awap bop a lup bop a wop bam boom, take ’em out!’ and that’s what I meant at the time. And so I wrote ‘’ in the kitchen, I wrote ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ in the kitchen, I wrote ‘Long Tall Sally’ in that kitchen.”

He says that “Awap bop a lup bop a wop bam boom” was kind of his catch phrase, something he would reply to folks who asked him how he was doing.

This was this artist’s first hit, but his success was far from instant. His first recordings were in 1952 for RCA Records, and were failures. He moved to Peacock Records the next year and released some singles with the Johnny Otis Trio backing him up. His break came when the singer Lloyd Price played a show in Macon, Georgia, and this artist, who was selling drinks at the gig, went to the dressing room and played this song on the piano for Price, who encouraged him to send a tape to Specialty Records.

The rest, as they say, was history.

Get ready to dance, here’s with “Tutti Frutti”:

Next up is a song written by Otis Blackwell, a prolific songwriter who wrote many hits for Elvis Presley, who wrote this song with Jack Hammer.

The song became this artist’s signature tune, a perfect fit for his incendiary style. He was quoted as saying:

“A person tells at least a little bit about himself in any song he cuts.”

Like the artist’s previous hit, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” this song is filled with sexual innuendo (” let me love you like a lover should…”), which was shocking for a southern musician in 1957. The artist grew up in a religious household and was conflicted over whether or not he should record this. He and Sun Records owner Sam Phillips argued as Phillips tried to convince him to sing it. Tape was rolling during the spat and the exchange can be heard on some Sun Records collections.

This song made the Top 5 of the Pop, R&B, and Country charts simultaneously with “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” Both hit #1 on the Country charts, and while this sold 5 million copies, which was less then its predecessor, it still charted higher.

In 1989, Dennis Quaid portrayed the artist in the movie , which told the story of his life. The film took a few liberties, including a scene where Lewis sets his piano on fire while performing this song – a tale often told by the artist but never verified.

Without further ado, here’s with “Great Balls of Fire”:

Last, but certainly not least, is a song this next artist wrote about Gerron, who was dating the artist’s drummer with The Crickets, Jerry Allison. The artist himself was not involved with , but liked the name for the song.

At first, he was going to call this “Cindy Lou.” His drummer asked if the name could be changed as a favor to him. It probably wouldn’t be heard outside of Lubbock, Texas anyway, and it would really mean some brownie points for the drummer. The artist had no problem with the name change.

For your listening pleasure, here’s with “Peggy Sue”:

That’s a wrap for this week, have a great Monday – see you on the dance floor!

Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:   PhotobucketI have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, and while our beloved Callie of JAmerican Spice is taking a break, our friend Michelle from Musings and Merriments with Michelle is helping out with hostess duties!

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!

INTRODUCING OUR “SPOTLIGHT DANCER”:

The Shadow



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After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Stacy was surprised when Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance - deciding to forgo the career and stay home was a no-brainer. As if her hands weren't full enough, 8 years later she and her husband added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension (of crazy) to their family and even more sleepless nights. When she’s not refereeing kids, dogs and cats, she loves to write, hence the reason she decided to start her little blog, and because she never got a baby book to mark milestones, this was the next best thing. She also enjoys doing reviews and giveaways for products she or her family would willingly use and can stand behind. She loves to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, she takes on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. Her favorite, of course, is making her award winning wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway.
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10 thoughts on “Jailhouse Rock wasn’t Tutti Frutti but Great Balls of Fire, what about Peggy Sue?

  1. Stacy,

    We’re in the first full week of the new year and I keep thinking, it’s almost mid-January. I enjoyed all of your songs. You brought some fun classics to the dance floor from a simpler era which I adore! You got me wanting to see the movie “Great Balls of Fire”. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t offer it on streaming but it is available to stream on Amazon Prime (rent or buy). I’ll just wait until it doesn’t cost me anything extra, though. 🙂 “Jailhouse Rock” is a great Elvis classic. Thanks for sharing the dance floor with me, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!

  2. WOW, GIRLFRIEND… you have picked the best videos for each person you have portrayed. WOW! I didn’t see that video of Jerry Lee Lewis…. I MEAN – DAM GIRL! AWESOME videos you have chosen of each singer you have portrayed. You have definitely out did yourself. How in the world are you going to top this when this is the first 4M OF THE YEAR???? hahahaha HAPPY NEW YEAR to you & yours. BIG HUGS, Marie

  3. All of these bring back fun memories. Even though i didn’t make the scene until ‘63, these were on the record player when i was growing up.

  4. A classic Elvis song (and a wonderful dance number, especially seeing Elvis “pole dance” (well, sort of). Peggy Sue, Great Balls of Fire, and Tutti-Fruitti, all great classics from a wonderful era. Putting the old smile on my face on a freezing cold winter night! Happy New Year to you, Stacy!

  5. Jailhouse Rock is just as fun today as it was when I first heard it. No wonder the women loved him so much, what a great entertainer. That clip on JLL was good too. I haven’t seen that movie, but I might now.

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