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The Essential Memphis Library: Elvis Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’/‘Hound Dog’

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 17, 2020 4:00 AM CT | Published: August 17, 2020 4:00 AM CT

Elvis’ popularity may have started this week in 1956. That’s when “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel”— constituting two sides of one 45 rpm single — reached the top of Billboard's pop singles chart.

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Chris Herrington

Chris Herrington

Chris Herrington covers the Memphis Grizzlies and writes about Memphis culture, food, and civic life. He lives in the Vollentine-Evergreen neighborhood of Midtown with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.


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