Elvis’ First Number One Hit Was Not a Rock N’ Roll Tune
When 20 year old Elvis Presley entered the Memphis Sun records studio on July 11, 1955, he had a couple of new items. His backing band members Scotty Moore and Bill Black were joined for the first time by drummer Johnny Bernero. Elvis also had a new tune to record, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," but he felt it might be too "country" sounding --hence the addition of a drummer.
Elvis and the boys had recorded four tunes leading up to the July '55 session. Although they got some airplay throughout the southern US, none made the national pop or country charts. When "I Forgot to Remember" was released nationally in August of '55, it took off and started getting real airplay . Maybe it was the fact that Scotty Moore's electric guitar sounded close to a steel guitar, or maybe it was Elvis' knockout performance on radio's Louisiana Hayride; but by February, 1956. the song that Elvis tried so hard to keep from being too country was the number one tune on the US country chart. It was the King's first number one on any chart. Let's take a listen: