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This song was written by Elvis Aaron Presley, Mae Boren Axton and Thomas R. Durden and it became Elvis Presley’s breakthrough hit. Steel guitarist and session musician Tommy Durden read a newspaper article from the Miami Herald about a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window killing himself, and left behind a piece of paper with the haunting words, “I walk a lonely street”. The Miami Herald ran a photo of this corpse on the front page which had been discovered with no identification with the headline, “Do You Know This Man?” This suicide note was the unlikely inspiration behind the song as Durden felt the line in the note resonated the blues and this became Elvis Presley’s first No. 1 hit and million-selling single which was released in early 1956.
Durden brought the article to his friend and co-writing partner Mae Boren Axton. At this time she was…
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