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I Was the One

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(Schroeder/ DeMetrius/ Blair/ Peppers)


Information:
I Was the One was written by Aaron Schoreder, Claude DeMetrius, Hal Blair, and Bill Pepper, and first recorded by Elvis on January 11, 1956, at RCA’s Nashville studios. Gorden Stoker, Ben Speer, and Brock Speer provided vocal support. Backed with Heatbreak Hotel, I Was the One was the first RCA release of new material for Elvis. The single had a 16-week stay on Billboard’s Top 100 chart, peaking at # 23, and reached # 11 on the Country Disc Jockey chart. Sales of one million copies were achieved. Elvis sang I Was the One on his fourth appearance on Stage Show (February 18, 1956) and during his last appearance on Louisiana Hayride (December 16, 1956).

 

Lyrics:

I was the one who taught her to kiss

The way that she kisses you now
And you know the way that she touches your cheek
I taught her how

I was the one who taught her to cry
When she wants you under her spell
The sight of her tears drives you out of your mind
I taught her so well

1. And then one day
I had my love as perfect as could be
She lived, she loved, she laughed, she cried,
And it was all for me

2. I'll never know who taught her to lie
Now that it's over and done
Who learned the lesson when she broke my heart?
I was the one

1. 2. (repeat)


Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on single »
 

Singles:

- Heartbreak Hotel / I Was the One (RCA 20-6420) January 27, 1956. Standard 78 RPM release »

- Heartbreak Hotel / I Was the One (RCA 47-6420) January 27, 1956. Standard 45 RPM release »

- Heartbreak Hotel / I Was the One. (RCA 447-0605) March 1959. Gold standard series reissue »

- Heartbreak Hotel / I Was the One (RCA PB-11105) October 1977. One of the 15 singles in the boxed set 15 Golden Records – 30 Golden Hits (RCA PP-11301), and one of the 10 singles in the boxed set 20 Golden Hits in Full Color Sleeves (RCA PP-11340).

- I Was the One / Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (RCA JB-13500) April 1983. New release with a different flip side. This record was pressed on gold vinyl.

 

EPs:

- Heartbreak Hotel (1956) »

 

LPs/CDs:

- For LP Fans Only (1959) »

- For LP Fans Only (1965) »

- Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1 (1970)»

- The Elvis Presley Story (1977) »

- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »

- A Valentine Gift For You (1985)

- The Collection, Volume 1 (1986)

- The King of Rock’n’Roll – The Complete 50’s Masters (1992)

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes – The Essential 70’s Masters (1995)

- Elvis 56 (1996)

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- Are You Lonesome Tonight (1997)

- A Golden Celebration (1998)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)

- Good Rockin’ Tonight (2000) – Music Mill

- Live and Unplugged (2000) – Laserlight

- That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition (2000)

- Junichiro Koizumi Presents My Favourite Elvis Songs (2001)

- The 50 Greatest Love Songs (2001)

- Playing with Fire (2001) - Magnum

- 55 Recorded Live at the Louisiana Hayride (2001) - NMC

- Best of Elvis Presley II (2001) – Zounds

- Elvis 50’s (2001)

- The Hillbilly Cat (2001) - Magnum

- Elvis; Elvis is Back; Elvis Presley (2001)

- Today, Tomorrow and Forever (2002)

- The Elvis Broadcasts On Air (2002) - Cleopatra

- Elvis Presley at the Louisiana Hayride / The Original Roots of Elvis Presley (2002) – Charly/Snapper

- Live at the Louisiana Hayride (2003) - Dynamic

- I Was the One (2003) - Janda

- Elvis 56 (2003)

- Flashback (2004) - FTD »

- Elvis Presley (2005)

- Elvis Presley (2006) – FTD »

– Elvis (2014) - FTD »

– Love Me Tender (2014) - FTD »

- This is Elvis (2015) - FTD »

- Elvis' Golden Records (2015) - FTD »

– Rebel With a Cause '56 (2018) - FTD »

For LP Fans Only (2018) - FTD »

The Wild One '56 (2018) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- Dorsey Shows (1976) – Golden Archives Records

- Got a Lot O’Livin’ To Do! (1976) – Pirate Records

- Superstar Outtakes (1976) – E.P. Records

- The Rockin’ Rebel, Volume 2 (1979) – Golden Archives Records

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