Presley later indicated that of all the characters he portrayed throughout his acting career, the role of Danny Fisher in King Creole was his favorite. To make the film, Presley was granted a 60-day deferment from January to March 1958 for beginning his military service. Location shooting in New Orleans was delayed several times by crowds of fans attracted by the stars, particularly Presley.
The film was released by Paramount Pictures on July 2, 1958, to both critical and commercial success. The critics were unanimous in their praise of Presley's performance. King Creole peaked at number five on the Variety box office earnings charts.
King Creole is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The song was and performed by Elvis Presley and recorded in 1958, and laid foundations to a musical drama film, King Creole. The song is based on King Creole, a Cajun guitar player from New Orleans who is proficient in all different styles of Rock-and-Roll.
The song is about a man of Creole descent who is a freelancing street performer in New Orleans. The man in the song, who goes by the nickname of King Creole, is known for his style of solo guitar playing. It is said in the song that he "holds his guitar like a Tommy gun", which gives the notion that "King Creole" used a grip on his guitar which involved keeping the body of the guitar close to his center of his chest, therefore holding the neck of the guitar in an extended arm, though no information is given which arm he used. It can be inferred from the song that King Creole used an electric guitar, since the song mentions string bending and rock-and-roll, a genre not usually played as lead on the acoustic guitar. The song also states that King Creole played from a well-rounded song repertoire, and would play light, dark, serious, and nonsense music.
King Creole, go There's a man in New Orleans who plays rock and roll He's a guitar man with a great big soul And he lays down a beat like a ton of coal He goes by the name of King Creole You know he's gone, gone, gone Jumpin' like a catfish on a pole, yeah You know he's gone, gone, gone And hip shaking King Creole When the King starts to do it it's as good as done He holds his guitar like a tommy gun He starts to growl from way down his throat He bends a string and that's all she wrote You know he's gone, gone, gone Jumpin' like a catfish on a pole You know he's gone, gone, gone And hip shaking King Creole He sings a song about a crowded hole He sings a song about a jelly roll He sings a song about pork and greens He sings some blues about New Orleans You know he's gone, gone, gone Jumpin' like a catfish on a pole, yeah You know he's gone, gone, gone And hip shaking King Creole He plays something evil then he plays something sweet No matter how he plays you got to get up on your feet And when he gets the rockin' fever baby, heaven sakes He don't stop playin' 'til his guitar breaks You know he's gone, gone, gone Jumpin' like a catfish on a pole, yeah You know he's gone, gone, gone And hip shaking King Creole You know he's gone, gone, gone