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Oklahoman wrote Elvis’ first #1 hit

by The 100 Companies

The new movie blockbuster “Elvis” has shed light on the “King of Rock and Roll’s” life, including those who influenced him the most. Among those who guided him, we find Oklahoma-raised Mae Boren Axton. She co-wrote Elvis Presley’s first hit, Heartbreak Hotel, and is credited with writing nearly 200 songs among an array of artists.

While working with the star in 1955, Mae introduced Elvis to Colonel Tom Parker and within months, Elvis had a contract with the RCA Victor record label.

She and my grandmother became friends in Ada and remained best of friends throughout their lives.

Brenda Jones Barwick, APR, Jones PR

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