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Elvis SongPedia: I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Maurice Mysels, Ira Kosloff

Recorded: April 11, 1956, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is a splice of takes 14 and 17.

Single:w/ "My Baby Left Me", 47-6540, May 1956
Also released on 78rpm, 20-6540, May 1956
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0607, March 1959

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

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#3 on Billboard Hot 100
#3 on Cash Box Top 100
#1 on Billboard Country Best-Seller chart
#1 on Billboard Country Juke Box chart
#10 on Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart

1st LP release: - April 1958
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My Spin

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Although it's a fine performance of a nice ballad, "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" gets kind of lost in the midst of all those other big hits in 1956! As Elvis' second RCA single, the follow-up to "Heartbreak Hotel", it was sure to get plenty of attention, and it did at the time, but nowadays it's eclipsed by the likes of "Hound Dog", "Don't Be Cruel" and "Love Me Tender". It's a showcase for Elvis the crooner, though, and he proves that he can more than handle it!

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)



Presley is stuck back on a hefty wall of rhythm-and-echo. There is no light and shade in this ballad, but the alternative take, issued twenty years later, lets us hear Presley more as he was.

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




Elvis' great torch song from the early RCA days, wherein he makes his claim to the title held by Sinatra. Done with much echo and melodrama.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982



...what one hears on "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" is effervescent rock & roll balladry bursting with potential and the knowledge that this was brand new and exciting music -- neither the country & western that Nashville was used to, nor the Memphis blues. Yet, the track does not sound at all self-conscious...

Bill Janovitz, from the AllMusic review of "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You"




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"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" Lyrics and Downloads

Hold me close, hold me tight
Make me thrill with delight
Let me know where I stand from the start
I want you, I need you, I love you
With all my heart

Ev'ry time that you're near
All my cares disappear
Darling, you're all that I'm living for
I want you, I need you, I love you
More and more

I thought I could live without romance
Before you came to me
But now I know that
I will go on loving you eternally

Won't you please be my own?
Never leave me alone
'Cause I die ev'ry time we're apart
I want you, I need you, I love you
With all my heart


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