Reportedly, Buddy Holly taught Money Honey to Elvis when the two were performing together in Texas in 1955. Elvis recorded the song on January 10, 1956, at RCA’s New York City studios – his first commercial session for RCA. Based on the strength of its appearance in the Heartbreak Hotel EP, Money Honey had a five-week stay on Billboard’s top 100 chart in 1956, peaking at #76. A single release of the song later in 1956 failed to chart.
(1) Since Money Honey, only two songs have exceeded 11 weeks at number one on the rhythm & blues chart: Honky Tonk by Bill Doggett in 1956 and Searchin’/Young Blood by the Coasters in 1957.
I went to the window, I peeped through the blind
He said, money, honey, mmm-hum,
I said, money, honey, mmm-hum,
She said, money, honey, mmm-hum,
Where it was released:
Released for the fist time on Elvis Presley »
- Money Honey / One-Sided Love Affair (RCA 20-6641). September 1956 »
- Money Honey / One-Sided Love Affair (RCA 47-6641) September 1956. Standard 78 and 45 RPM release »
- Money Honey / I Got a Woman (RCA 47-6689) September 1956. Disc jockey “Record Prevue” with a different flip side.
- Money Honey / One-Sided Love Affair (RCA 447-0614) March 1959. Gold standard series reissue »
- Money Honey / One-Sided Love Affair (Collectables DPE1-1006 4506) December 1986.
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