Many years ago a man found himself too lonely to go on. In fact, he wrote a suicide note saying “I walk a lonely street”.
Then…he jumped out of a window to his death.
The story was written up in a small article in a newspaper, and a singer songwriter named Tommy Durden read it. He took the article to his friend, a 41 year old English teacher named Mae Axton. And the two of them agreed it might make a good song.
As it so happens, after they co-wrote the song, they got it to a young singer from Mississippi…who happened to be “on the road” at the time. A few months later…with a lot of people saying it shouldn’t be released…Elvis’ rendition of “Heartbreak Hotel” was on the radio airwaves.
On May 5, 1956 it became Elvis’ first #1 Hit.
Even though we don’t know who the guy was who jumped out of that window to his death…the vast majority of us has heard a version of his story told from “The King” himself.
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