February 22 – Elvis #1#1, Summer Place,Seasons in the Sun, Neko Case

1956

Memphis pop crooner Elvis Presley finally catches a break.
 
His song Heartbreak Hotel, released in January on his new label RCA Victor, enters US charts at #68.

Well, since my baby left me
I found a new place to dwell
It’s down at the end of Lonely Street
At Heartbreak Hotel
I get so lonely, baby
I’m so lonely
I get so lonely, I could die

Oh that poor man. His Jan. 28 TV debut on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show had helped. In March the song climbs to US#1 for an 8 week stay. It’s the first of many, many million-seller singles.

1960

Percy Faith‘s Theme From A Summer Place begins 9 weeks at US#1 … to this day the longest-running of those rare beasts, number-one instrumentals.
 
The film itself is long forgotten … but not teen idol Troy Donahue or ingenue Sandra Dee.

1961


Brel

Belgian singer, songwriter Jacques Brel records Le Moribond, released on his 1961 album 5.
 
In 1965 US poet, songwriter Rod McKuen releases a version with English lyrics titled Seasons in the Sun.
 


Jacks

In 1973 Canadian singer, songwriter Terry Jacks covers McKuen with modified lyrics; the version released on his own Goldfish Records becomes a 1974 worldwide hit (#1 in US,CA,UK, etc.) In 1995 it’s a #1 for Irish boy band Westlife… one of the first six singles they release … all reaching UK#1.
 
The lyrics and overall sentiments remind me of Canadian singer Gale Garnett‘s 1964 hit We’ll Sing in the Sunshine … maybe it was something in the air.

2000

US singer-songwriter Neko Case and Her Boyfriends release second, alternative country album Furnace Room Lullaby.
 
Rising to CA#27, it includes a song about her hometown, Tacoma, called Thrice Born American .
 
Case also works with Vancouver indie rock group The New Pornographers, which begins charting in the US top-40 in 2007 with 3-CD album Challengers. Myriad Harbour 
 
And, finally in 2009, she enjoys a US,CA top-5 solo album with Middle Cyclone. A Lotta Nerve 

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