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Love Me Tender

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Ken Darby (credited to Elvis and Vera Matson)
based on the 1861 ballad, Aura Lee, written by W. W. Fosdick and George R. Poulton

Recorded: August 24, 1956, Fox Stage 1, Hollywood
Released master is take 2.

Single:w/ "Any Way You Want Me", 47-6643, September 28, 1956
Also re-released as 78rpm, 20-6643, September 28, 1956
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0616, March 1959

RIAA Certified: 3X Multi-Platinum (as of 07/15/1999)
First single in history for the advance-sales to exceed 1 million.

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#1 on Billboard's Hot 100
#1 on Cash Box Top 100
#3 on Billboard's Country Best-Seller chart
#4 on Billboard's rhythm & blues chart

1st LP release: Elvis Golden Records Vol 1 - April 1958
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My Spin

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Although "Love Me Tender" was Elvis' first big romantic ballad hit, and remains one of his most popular, it sounds pretty ordinary to me today, considering all the other ballads that he recorded afterward. He gives the classic melody a respectable performance, but I can think of many better examples of his crooning talents in his vast catalog. Even in the '50s, there are better examples. There's no denying, however, that this one made a huge splash when it first appeared, and showed that the King of Rock 'n' Roll could work his magic with a gentle ballad as well as with the rockers... He melted a few million hearts with this one. :)

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

The title track, "Love Me Tender", is a gentle, slow-moving ballad, beautifully sung. The delayed entry of the word "tender", when it first appears, is a magical touch, as is the close harmony of the backing vocals (Ken Darby Trio) and their wistful final solo notes of the guitar.

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

What can one say? From the film of the same name, the quintessential Elvis Presley ballad, backed by Ken Darby's Trio.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982 served the crucial function of expanding Presley's appeal by allowing him to turn in a convincing performance of a ballad after scoring nationally with a series of rock & roll records. At a time when controversy continued to swirl around his provocative television appearances, Presley began to seem more like a safe, all-around entertainer by taking such steps as recording "Love Me Tender".

from the AllMusic review of "Love Me Tender"

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"Love Me Tender" Links

"Love Me Tender" Lyrics and Downloads

Love me tender, love me sweet
Never let me go
You have made my life complete
And I love you so

Love me tender, love me true
All my dreams fulfill
For my darlin' I love you
And I always will

Love me tender, love me long
Take me to your heart
For it's there that I belong
And we'll never part

Love me tender, love me dear
Tell me you are mine
I'll be yours through all the years
Till the end of time

(Extra Verse Sung at the End of the Film):
When at last my dreams come true
Darling this I know
Happiness will follow you
Everywhere you go

Love me tender, love me true
All my dreams fulfill
For you know that I love you
And I always will
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What's YOUR Spin on "Love Me Tender"?
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Yea! Great '50s Ballad!

Nay! Not Feelin' Tenderized!

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