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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

Recorded: September 6, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 7.

Single:w/ "I Beg Of You", 47-7150, January 1958
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0621, 1961

RIAA Certified: Platinum (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#1 on Billboard's Top 100
#2 on Country Best-Seller chart
#4 on Rhythm & Blues chart

1st LP release: 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Cant Be Wrong, Elvis Gold Records, Vol 2 - December 1959
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My Spin

(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)
Although not as familiar to the general public as Elvis' other hits from this period, "Don't" was a major hit in 1958, and ranks high in any list of Elvis' finest 50s ballads!

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Don't" is another slow ballad... Presley's voice is in commanding shape, and his breath-control effortless, as he rides high in full power.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Low, tender, sincere and lovely - a harbinger of things to come. Classic backing by the Jordanaires helped Elvis showcase his pipes on this slow one.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

...It was, in essence, a male teenager's reply to his girlfriend's protestations of the title word, and thus had a sexual connotation, even though it was pitched as a sincere romantic statement. A slow ballad, it had a range that gave Presley a chance to display more of his vocal abilities than he had before.. ...

William Ruhlmann, from the AllMusic review of "Don't"

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"Don't" Links

"Don't" Lyrics and Downloads

Don't, don't, that's what you say
Each time that I hold you this way
When I feel like this and I want to hold you
baby, don't say don't

Don't, don't leave my embrace
For here in my arms is your place
When the night grows cold and I want to hold you
baby, don't say don't

If you think that this is just a game
I'm playing
If you think that I don't mean
ev'ry word I'm saying

Don't, don't, don't, don't
Don't feel that way
I'm your love and yours I will stay

This you can believe
I will never leave you
Heaven knows I won't
Baby, don't say don't

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