One Night (song)

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"One Night"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "I Got Stung"
Released October 21, 1958
Format 45 rpm, 78 rpm single
Recorded February 23, 1957, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:32
Label RCA
Writer(s) Dave Bartholomew, Earl King, Anita Steinman
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Hard Headed Woman"
"One Night"
"I Need Your Love Tonight"/
"A Fool Such as I"

"One Night" is a song written by Dave Bartholomew, Earl King and Anita Steinman and popularized by Elvis Presley.[1] It was issued as a double A-side with "I Got Stung". The single reached number one twice on the UK Singles Chart.[2] In the U.S., "One Night", reached number four on the pop singles chart and number ten on the R&B chart.[3] The song became the UK's 1000th #1 single upon its second release in January 2005. It was also his last single to be issued on 78 RPM records in the United States.[4]


On 12th February 1959, it became the first song to reach #1 on the Irish Music Charts Top 10, when they were being printed in the Evening Herald. It spent one week at the top spot.

The official Irish Singles Charts were founded three years later by RTÉ in October 1962, and Elvis again made history when his She's Not You, topped the charts, spending three weeks at number one.


The song was originally written and recorded under the title "One Night (Of Sin)," and had been a hit for Smiley Lewis. Elvis recorded a version of the song in its original form on January 18, 1957. This version would not be released until 1983.

Both Elvis' manager and record company had reservations about the suggestive lyrics. Elvis did not give up on the song. He continued to play with it during his spare time on the set of Loving You, finally rewriting the lyrics that he felt were holding the song captive, changing "One night of sin is what I'm now paying for" into "One night with you is what I'm now praying for." On February 23, 1957, at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles, he showed up with his new lyrics, feeling sure they would meet his label's approval.[5][6] It was issued as a single in October 1958 and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's singles chart. The song was published by Elvis Presley Music.

Rock critic Pete Johnson observed that the song contains a triple negative with the lyrics "I ain't never did no wrong".[1]

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  1. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 8 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 707. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 468. 
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  5. ^ Jorgensen, Ernest (1998). Elvis Presley, A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. St. Martin's Press. pp. 79, 85, 86. 
  6. ^ Collins, Ace. "Untold Gold: The Stories Behind Elvis's #1 Hits"

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Preceded by
"The Day the Rains Came" by Jane Morgan
UK number-one single
January 30, 1959 - February 20, 1959
Succeeded by
"As I Love You" by Shirley Bassey with Wally Stott & His Orchestra
Preceded by
"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley
UK number-one single
January 22, 2005 - January 28, 2005
Succeeded by
"Goodies" by Ciara