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Jailhouse Rock
EP by Elvis Presley
Released 1957
Genre Rock and roll
Label RCA Records

Jailhouse Rock is an EP by rock and roller Elvis Presley that includes music from his film Jailhouse Rock. Unlike his previous film, a full long-playing album soundtrack was not devised for Jailhouse Rock. Instead, five of the six songs written for Presley were released as an extended-play, seven-inch 45 RPM record on RCA Records, Jailhouse Rock, catalogue EPA 4114, during October 1957. It peaked at #1 on the newly-inaugurated Billboard EP chart. The five EP soundtrack songs were recorded in a single day in April at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, with a sixth song recorded at the same location in September. The title song, "Jailhouse Rock" had already been released as a single on September 24, 1957, and went to #1 on the singles chart. The b-side, "Treat Me Nice," the sixth soundtrack song, made it to #18 on the singles chart; both sides of the single were written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Another song by the pair, "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care," became a minor standard, receiving cover versions by Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Setzer.

One of the songs, "Don't Leave Me Now," had also appeared on the Loving You album, but in a different version from a different set of recording sessions. Additional original music for the film was composed by Jeff Alexander, and the song sang by the Hunk Houghton character, "One Day," by Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper.


Track listing

Track Recorded Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 4/30/57 Jailhouse Rock Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 2:26
2. 4/30/57 Young And Beautiful Aaron Schroeder and Abner Silver 2:02
3. 4/30/57 I Want To Be Free Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 2:12
4. 4/30/57 Don't Leave Me Now Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman 2:05
5. 4/30/57 (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 1:51


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