Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1956: Elvis Presley dominates the Pop, Country and R&B charts — Don’t Be Cruel is #1 on all three. The single’s B-side is Hound Dog, which peaked at #2. Don’t Be Cruel is written by Otis Blackwell and recorded on July 2 of 1956. It is a grueling session. Presley isn’t happy until the 28th take of Don’t Be Cruel, and the 31st of Hound Dog. Don’t Be Cruel is his biggest selling single of 1956 and will have six million in sales by 1962.