On this day in music history: January 10, 1956…

On this day in music history: January 10, 1956 – Elvis Presley’s first recording sessions for RCA Victor Records take place at the labels’ studio in Nashville, TN. The songs recorded that day include his first major hit single “Heartbreak Hotel” along with its B-side “I Was The One”, “I’m Counting On You,” “I Got a Woman” and “Money Honey”. The musicians backing Presley on the session include his regular band guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana along with guitarist Chet Atkins, pianist Floyd Cramer, and three background singers including Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires. Initially, both producer Steve Sholes and RCA do not like “Heartbreak Hotel”, but Presley insists on its release. Issued as his first single on RCA Victor on January 27, 1956, “Heartbreak Hotel” becomes a smash, topping the pop singles chart for 8 weeks on April 21, 1956, also topping the Country chart, and peaking at #5 on the R&B singles chart, becoming the biggest selling single of 1956.