Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock - 1958

Introduction to Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" (1958)

Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock", released in 1958, is one of the most iconic songs in the history of rock and roll. This song, featured in the movie of the same name, showcases Elvis' unique style and charisma, which helped revolutionize the music industry. In this module, you'll learn about the song's background, its significance in music history, and interesting facts related to both the song and Elvis Presley himself.

Background of "Jailhouse Rock"

"Jailhouse Rock" was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and is widely regarded as one of the most important tracks in the early rock and roll era. The song was a part of the soundtrack for the motion picture "Jailhouse Rock," where Elvis starred as the main character. The song's energetic rhythm, catchy lyrics, and Presley's dynamic performance contributed to its enduring popularity.

  1. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's Contributions: Explore the work of the songwriters.
  2. Elvis Presley's Film Career: A look at Elvis' roles in movies.

Cultural and Historical Impact

Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" played a significant role in shaping the rock and roll genre. Its release during the 1950s, a pivotal era for music, marked a shift in public tastes and attitudes towards rock music. The song's rebellious tone and Presley's performance style also mirrored the changing social dynamics of the time.

  1. 1950s Rock and Roll Era: Understanding the era's music scene.
  2. Social Influence of Rock Music: How rock music reflected and influenced societal changes.

Analysis of the Song

Analyzing "Jailhouse Rock" offers insights into the song's structure, lyrical content, and musical style. The song is known for its distinctive opening riff, upbeat tempo, and clever use of prison-related imagery in its lyrics.

  1. Musical Composition: Delve into the song's musical structure.
  2. Lyric Interpretation: Explore the meanings behind the song's lyrics.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What movie featured the song "Jailhouse Rock"? (Jailhouse Rock) (!Heartbreak Hotel) (!Love Me Tender) (!Blue Hawaii)

Who wrote "Jailhouse Rock"? (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) (!Elvis Presley) (!Johnny Cash) (!Chuck Berry)

In what year was "Jailhouse Rock" released? (1958) (!1956) (!1960) (!1959)

What genre does "Jailhouse Rock" primarily belong to? (Rock and Roll) (!Country) (!Blues) (!Jazz)

What instrument opens the song "Jailhouse Rock"? (Drums) (!Guitar) (!Piano) (!Saxophone)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What was Elvis Presley's nickname? (The King of Rock and Roll) (!The Prince of Pop) (!The Duke of Disco) (!The Jazz Master)

In which city was Elvis Presley born? (Tupelo, Mississippi) (!Memphis, Tennessee) (!Nashville, Tennessee) (!Las Vegas, Nevada)

Which branch of the military did Elvis serve in? (U.S. Army) (!U.S. Navy) (!U.S. Air Force) (!U.S. Marines)

What is the name of Elvis Presley's famous home? (Graceland) (!Neverland) (!Paisley Park) (!Dollywood)

Which of these is another famous song by Elvis Presley? (Love Me Tender) (!Hey Jude) (!Stairway to Heaven) (!Bohemian Rhapsody)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is the setting of "Jailhouse Rock"? (A prison) (!A school dance) (!A city street) (!A concert)

What are the prisoners doing in the song? (Dancing to rock and roll) (!Planning an escape) (!Singing the blues) (!Playing cards)

Which of these lines is from "Jailhouse Rock"? ("Everybody in the whole cell block was dancing to the Jailhouse Rock") (!"Love me tender, love me sweet") (!"I can't help falling in love with you") (!"A little less conversation, a little more action please")

Who joins the party in the lyrics of "Jailhouse Rock"? (A jailbird) (!A police officer) (!A judge) (!A musician)

According to the song, who plays the tenor saxophone? (The jailbird) (!The warden) (!The cellmate) (!The guard)


Create a memory game with matching pairs for this topic.

Elvis Presley The King of Rock and Roll
1958 Release Year of "Jailhouse Rock"
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Songwriters of "Jailhouse Rock"
Graceland Elvis Presley's Home
Rock and Roll Genre of "Jailhouse Rock"

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist of other songs from the 1950s that complement "Jailhouse Rock".
  2. Draw a Scene: Illustrate a scene inspired by the lyrics of "Jailhouse Rock".
  3. Research Rock Origins: Find out about other musicians who influenced the rock and roll genre in the 1950s.


  1. Compare Music Eras: Compare "Jailhouse Rock" with a modern rock song. What has changed in the genre?
  2. Write a Review: Write a review of the movie "Jailhouse Rock" focusing on its musical aspects.
  3. Elvis's Influence: Research how Elvis Presley influenced other musicians.


  1. Analyze Cultural Impact: Analyze the cultural impact of "Jailhouse Rock" in the context of the 1950s.
  2. Create a Dance Routine: Choreograph a dance routine that would fit the energy and style of "Jailhouse Rock".
  3. Debate the Genre: Host a debate about the evolution of rock and roll since the 1950s.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Evolution: Discuss how "Jailhouse Rock" contributed to the evolution of rock and roll music.
  2. Impact on Society: How did Elvis Presley's music, including "Jailhouse Rock," impact society in the 1950s?
  3. Influence on Modern Artists: Which modern artists show influence from Elvis Presley, and in what ways?
  4. Comparative Music Analysis: Compare "Jailhouse Rock" to a contemporary song. What similarities and differences do you find?
  5. Cultural Significance: Discuss the cultural significance of "Jailhouse Rock" in today's context.

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