One Night

Album: Elvis' 30 #1 Hits (1958)
Charted: 1 4


  • This was written by Dave Bartholomew and Dave King. Bartholomew wrote some of Fats Domino's hits, including "Walking To New Orleans," "Whole Lotta Lovin'" and "Blue Monday."
  • Smiley Lewis originally recorded this in 1956. His version hit #11 on the R&B charts, but didn't crack the Pop charts.
  • Elvis recorded this in February 1957. A year later, Elvis went into the army. During this time, Elvis was in Germany so his record company began releasing previously recorded tracks. In the US, this came out in 1958; in the UK it was released in 1959. It was Elvis' first song to reach the top of the UK charts after he went into the army.
  • In January 2005 this was re-released in the UK to commemorate Elvis' 70th birthday. It went to #1, replacing Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock," which was also re-released. It became the fourth track ever to be #1 twice and only the third time in UK chart history that an artist has replaced themselves at the top of the charts. The other two occasions occurred in 1963 when The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" replaced "She Loves You" and in 1981 when John Lennon's "Woman" replaced "Imagine." Both songs were re-released following Lennon's assassination. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
  • The Jordanaires do not appear on any version of this. They do appear on the flip side of the record, a song called "I Got Stung."
  • This was Elvis' last single to be released in the US in the 78 R.P.M. format. After this, all of his singles in the US were released as 45's. Only England, Canada and other countries continued releasing his singles as 78's for some years after this. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Dave - Broadmoor, CA, for above 2
  • The song's second ascension to the chart's peak position in 2005 was the UK's 1000th #1 single.
  • Other cover versions include one by the English glam rock band Mud, which reached #32 in the UK charts in 1975. Also Joe Cocker recorded the song under its original title of "One Night of Sin" as the title track of his 1989 album of the same name.

Comments: 10

  • Jennifer L Hensley from 31407ELVIS will forever have my heart and my love!!
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaDid Scotty play guitar on this, like he did on the Comeback special?
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaStill one of his BEST ROCKERS.
  • Ken from Roselle, IlJoe Cocker does a good version of One Night Of Sin.
  • Jon from Destin, FlOn January 24, 1957 Elvis recorded "One Night of Sin" at Radio Recorders. The risque' version was not released until 1983, when it appeared on the LP Elvis - A Legendary Performer, Volume 4.

    The cleaned-up version, take #10, was recorded a month later and released October 1958. Presley was inducted on March 28, 1958

    "One Night" reached #4 on Billboards Hot 100 chart during its 17 week stay, and #10 on R&B's chart. In England it went to #1 and stayed at the top for 3 weeks.

    Source: ELVIS, His Life From A-Z, Fred Worth & Steve Tamerius
  • Michael from Eastleigh, United Kingdomi wondered how many people would make a comment about the other version one night of sin. about a man who has been with a hooker and lived to regret it. great song, but a bit too suggestive for the conservative attitude of 50's america. it doesn't matter they are both great songs anyway.
  • Ray from Toms River, NjThe version of One Night of Sin had also been recorded by Fats Domino
  • David from Brunssum, NetherlandsUnknown is who did the re-write of One Night (Of Sin). Elvis asked his publishing company to request premission to rework the song to One Night (With You). Possibly he did re-write the lyrics himself.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyElvis sang an extended version of this during the "jam session" part of his "comeback" TV special "Elvis" in December 1968. The part where he shouted out "Been too lonley too long!" was one of the highlights of the show.
  • Johnny from Sault Ste. Marie, CanadaElvis actually recorded two versions of this song. The other was titled "One Night of Sin". It was released on the box set "Elvis: The King of Rock 'n Roll - The Complete 50's Masters". It was never released because of it's suggestive (at the time lyrics. If anyone's interested, I'll submit the lyrics if you want.
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