DREAMING BLUES

Latest update on 06/12/2012

Artist: Roy Brown
Author: Roy Brown
Label: DeLuxe
Year: 1950

Covers:

1951:

Roy Hawkins [Californian singer & piano player as The Condition I'm In; also wrote B.B. King's big hit The Thrill Is Gone (see there)]

1956:

Elvis Presley [n°1 US as Heartbreak Hotel]

1956:

Stan Freberg [idem; parody]

1956:

Cadets

1957:

Buddy Love [idem]

1959:

Connie Francis

1964:

Hoyt Axton [coauthor's son]

1967:

Roger Miller

1969:

Blues Magoos

1970:

Frijid Pink

1973:

Link Wray

1974:

John Cale [first on Kevin Ayers' project June 1, 1974, one year later on Slow Dazzle]

1979:

Willie Nelson & Leon Russell

1982:

Bert Jansch

1986:

Cramps [this speedy version based upon Buddy Love's]

1999:

Underdogs [all as Heartbreak Hotel]

Dreaming Blues, The Condition I'm In and Heartbreak Hotel are three different songs and yet Elvis clearly listened to both Roy Hawkins and Roy Brown. Dreaming Blues' rolling piano was copied note for note in Heartbreak Hotel, a song not even written for Elvis in the first place. Composers Mae Boren Axton (Hoyt's mother) and Tommy Durden first presented it to country duo The Wilburn Brothers, but they disliked the song's depressing mood. Glenn Reeves' version, the guy who sang Heartbreak Hotel's demo, is included on a cd with Ken Sharp's Elvis-book Writing For The King.

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