April 13, 2016

Few things in life were as important to "Heartbreak Hotel" co-composer Mae Boren Axton as the concept of Family. A recurring theme of the book is the way in which the Borens and the Axtons impacted upon her life. Her mother, her father, her husband, and one of her brot...

February 14, 2016

On 24th April 1993, the BBC broadcast a new TV documentary produced by their Arena arts team, entitled "Tales of Rock 'n' Roll: Heartbreak Hotel".

 

It was the first episode in a series of programmes looking at the stories-behind-the-songs, examining the origins of sever...

December 1, 2015

Some musical stars are so talented and successful they come to define their musical genre. In effect, as far as the public is concerned, they become the physical embodiment of their music.

 

For country music, the iconic figure was and is Hank Williams.

 

So overwhelming i...

September 10, 2015

Perhaps the most overlooked part of the "Heartbreak Hotel" saga is the crucial issue of publishing rights. In 1950s popular music, the publisher often received the lion's share of the revenue, moreso than the writer and much moreso than the singer.

 

As such, the allocat...

July 20, 2015

 

Mae Boren Axton's full birth name was Nannie Mae Boren which is exactly and precisely the same name as her mother.  She was the penultimate child of nine, and the only daughter.

 

In letters to her brother Lyle, Mae conifrmed that their family was not overly...

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