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Loving You

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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

  • Version originally released on record, recorded February 24, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood.
    Released master is take 4.
  • Slow movie version (aka "farm version"), recorded February 14, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood.
    Released master is take 12.
  • Fast movie version (aka "main version"), recorded February 14, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood.
    Both takes 13 and 21 have been represented as masters on different sources.

Single:w/ "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear", 47-7000, June 11, 1957
Also re-released as 78rpm, 20-7000, June 11, 1957
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0620, 1961

RIAA Certified: 2X Multi-Platinum (as of 07/15/1999)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#28 on Billboard's Hot 100
#21 on Cash Box Top 100
#15 on Billboard's Country Disc-jockey chart
#1 on Billboard's rhythm & blues chart ("Teddy Bear"/"Loving You")

1st LP release: Loving You - July 1, 1957
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My Spin

(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 music and links.

Other Spins

(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.

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

Simple, lovely ballad with Floyd Cramer filling in the background which took some forty takes before Elvis was satisfied.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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...

from the AllMusic review of "Loving You"

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"Loving You" Lyrics

I will spend my whole life through
Loving you, loving you
Winter, summer, spring-time, too
Loving you, loving you
Makes no difference where I go or what I do
You know that I'll always be loving you

If I'm seen with someone new
Don't be blue, don't be blue
I'll be faithful I'll be true
Always true, true to you
There is only one for me, and you know who
You know that I'll always be loving you
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