Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" was released January 27, 1956. A jagged lament by a jilted lover, it blended Elvis' distinctive vocal, a thumping bass line and a stinging guitar riff to land like a firecracker in a radio landscape filled with bland crooners such as Pat Boone and Doris Day. "You make me so lonely, bay-bee ..." sang Presley in his deep, seductive baritone. "... I get so lonely I could die."