Elvis Presley

Such A Night

Composed by Lincoln Chase

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Lincoln Chase's "Such a Night" was a hit twice. In 1953, Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters recorded it as one of their earliest singles. The bouncy tribute to a one-night stand (the words only talk about kissing, but you get the idea) drew an outstanding performance from the tenor-voiced McPhatter, and the song nearly topped the R&B charts. Johnny Ray recorded a typically emotive version for the pop market that drew comment for seeming to spell out the sexual implications of the lyrics. Elvis Presley was an admirer of the song, and when he returned from Army service in 1960 he recorded it in a playful, rocking version for his Elvis Is Back! album. Four years later, Presley's label, RCA Victor, belatedly released the track on a 45, resulting in a Top 20 hit -- the most successful pop recording of the song. There have been several other recordings, including versions by Dinah Washington, Tom Jones, and Conway Twitty, but none have outdistanced the ones by the Drifters and Presley.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1960 RCA
No Image 1982 RCA
No Image 1984 RCA
The Definitive Rock & Roll Album 1990 RCA
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Elvis, the King - 1954-1965 1990 3:00
No Image 1993 RCA 2:58
Love Songs [RCA] 1998 RCA 3:00
The Elvis Presley Collection: Rhythm & Blues 1998 Time/Life Music 3:01
All the Best, Vol. 1-2 1999 BMG International 2:26
Artist of the Century 1999 RCA 2:59
No Image 1999 RCA 2:59
Elvis 2000 2000 BMG International 3:00
Legendary [BMG] 2000 BMG International 3:02
Meer Dan Het Beste Van Elvis Presley 2001 BMG International 3:00
Swedish Hit Collection 2001 BMG International 2:59
Three Thousand Miles to Graceland 2001
Original Soundtrack
TVT 2:58
No Image 2001 RCA 3:48
Hitstory 2005 Sony Music Distribution 3:01
Dutch Collection 2007 BMG/RCA 3:01
The Fabulous Collection, Vol. 1: The Hits 2012 Excalibur
No Image
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Elvis Presley the Ultimate Best of , Vol. 3 Excalibur
Greatest Rock'n'Roll and Twist Hits, Vol. 2
Various Artists
10Ten Media