In fact, Elvis remains only one of three artists who have sold an excess of three million copies of one single.
During its initial release, over four million copies of the song were sold in the US alone. To this day, it remains Elvis’ best-selling track. Worldwide, it is estimated that somewhere close to 10 million units were purchased!
What many people don’t know is that the song wasn’t originally Presley’s. The song was actually released in 1952 by Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton.
It originally sold 500,000 and remained Thornton’s only hit. Fast forward to 1956 and the King of Rock and Roll put his own spin on the record.