For other versions, see Lyrics and Downloads section below.
(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)
"Love Me Tender" may be remembered as Elvis' first big romantic ballad, but "Loving You" is a better showcase for his early crooning style. The fast version featured at the start of the film is interesting as a novelty, but Elvis truly shines in both of the ballad versions. The sparse acoustic version is featured in the farm scene in the movie. The record version, with the Jordanaires behind him (of course), and Dudley Brooks on piano, is the best of the three.
I'll add some more later, but meanwhile check out the videos, music and links.
(What did the critics and fans say?)
...Apart from Presley's purely-delivered melody, [Dudley] Brooks's contribution is the most important: his piano is stylish, apart from some out-of-character chords. The song ends magically.
Starting with a dark piano arpeggio from Dudley Brooks, "Loving You" is a dreamy, late-night torch song. Over a pulsing upright bass from Bill Black, a delicately picked guitar from Scotty Moore, and quartet backing vocals from the Jordanaires, Presley's rich, resonant, and supremely confident voice croons a quiet but assertive promise...
ElvisStartPage - As the name implies, this is the place to start when looking for Elvis sites!
Elvis Presley - Another directory of Elvis websites. The place to go to find Elvis on the web!
Study Up Some More!
Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
This is the definitive encyclopedia on Elvis' life details, as well as all the background and trivia you need for all the songs, movies, and TV appearances. Authors are Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius.
The subtitle of Ace Collins' book says it all: "The stories behind Elvis' #1 hits"!
"Elvis The #1 Hits: The Secret History of the Classics". Another self-explanatory book title. :)