Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


1957, What a Year

In the history of recorded music, songs do not get much bigger than this one. The impact of this song,  how it and the artist who performed it influenced music for the next 50 years and beyond, is quite amazing. It was a real trend setter.

For seven weeks, in the fall and winter of 1957, this tune was #1 from downtown Manhattan to Alcatraz Island. The smash hit was blasting out of AM car radios and, internationally, the artist had the first song to ever debut at #1 on the British charts. Ike was the President, back in the days when the country was less divided and a President could actually be popular, and nobody had yet heard of the Beatles. They were still just kids.


The performer of this smash hit is now a legend. The song was incorporated into the artist's third full length movie and the scene, which was choreographed by the artist himself, is the best known of any of the production numbers to appear in the artist's numerous movies. If you are guessing on this one, not sure of the artist or the song, simply click on Alcatraz Island, below, to be transported back to the year 1957.

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 12 commentsSteven L. Smith • January 07 2013 07:40AM


Hi Steven,

All oldies but the look of the car.

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) over 7 years ago


I was five years old back then but remember those days some, mainly the TV shows.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

That's the year I was born, but I do remember seeing those cars and Of course listening to jailhouse rock. I think my wife may still have it on a 45. 

Posted by Michael Therriault, The name to remember when you want it done right. (Michael Therriault Contracting - M.T. Contracting) over 7 years ago

I was pretty sure about that one, but clicked anyway.  And 1953 was a far better year for so many reasons!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I have this on an old 45 and on a greatest hits 33 1/3 album.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Elvis was so handsome and so entertaining.  I love seeing him when he was young.  Have fun in Mexico.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 7 years ago


It is fun to look back on that era...good times.


Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Steve, I was just turning 13 in 1957.  Just getting ready to hit the ninth grade in high school.  I remember the song like it was yesterday.  But then again, 1957 seems like it was yesterday. 

I believe the care... on of my favorites... was the 1956 Chevy.  Actually, back then, I liked the 1956 Ford even better.  Gawsh... where did the time go?

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