“Jailhouse Rock” is released for the first time in 1957 

The Elvis Presley Rock classic is also famous for other reasons

“Jailhouse Rock” is released for the first time in 1957 

Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,  “Jailhouse Rock” became a hit for Elvis Presley. RCA Victor released the song on a 45 rpm single on September 24th, 1957, although the song was released in 1957 it would became very popular in the 1960’s. The Presley’s motion picture of the same name “Jailhouse Rock” was released a few weeks later. Besides being the Rock classic that it is, the song is also notorious for it’s lyrics and music film. Gender studies scholars cite the song for “its famous reference to homoerotics behind bars,” while music critic Garry Mulholland writes, “‘Jailhouse Rock’ was always a queer lyric, in both senses”.Douglas Brode writes of the filmed production number that it’s “amazing that the sequence passed by the censors”. The reason for this is the verse: “Number 47 (as in inmate) tells Number 3, ‘You’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see” The film clip from the movie where he sang the song is considered by many historians to be the first rock video.

Watch Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” music film, a  famous sequence from the 1957 movie of the same name

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