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Elvis SongPedia: Such A Night

Such A Night




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Lincoln Chase

Recorded: April 4, 1960, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 5.

Single: w/ "Never Ending", 47-8400, July 14, 1964
Also re-released as Gold standard series, 447-0645, May 1965

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#16 on Billboard's Hot 100
#15 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: - April 1960
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My Spin

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Although earlier versions of "Such A Night" by the Drifters and Johnnie Ray had caught some flack for being too suggestive, it's Elvis' version that really steams! The appeal is in no small part due to Elvis just playfully letting loose with it, giving the impression that it's all in fun, but there's nothing in the vocal performance that's subpar. Elvis is in top form, which heightens the intensity of the middle break ("I gave my heart to her in sweet surrender") and the breathy oohs and ahhs at the end, in both cases, outdoing the previous versions. That bluesy drum-solo flourish is a nice final touch, too.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


Vastly different material is found on "Such A Night" - a curious choice, for it had been a world-wide hit for Johnnie Ray a half-dozen or more years earlier. Presley's performance is disappointing: had he recorded this number before he went into the army, then he would have made a better job of it. Presley had trouble recording this, which accounts for the nature of the standard release.

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




An oldie but goodie, via Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters (1954) and Johnny Ray (a risque cut banned in 1954). A delicious, panting bit of nonsense that bounces along - Elvis obviously had fun here.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




...As for the Johnny Ray number, which Ray handled dead-pan, Elvis bucks up the pace, salts the sex with some humour, and turns it into something immaculate.

W.A. Harbinson, , 1982




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"Such A Night" Lyrics and Downloads

It was a night, Oh what a night it was
It really was such a night
The moon was bright oh how so bright
It was it really was such a night
The night was alight with stars above
Oh when she kissed me
I had to fall in love

Oh it was a kiss, Oh what a kiss it was
It really was such a kiss
Oh how she could kiss, oh what a kiss it was
It really was such a kiss
Just the thought of her lips sets me afire
I reminisce and I'm filled with desire
But I'd gave my heart to her in sweet surrender
How well I remember, I'll always remember

Oh, what a night, Oh what a night it was
It really was such a night
Came the dawn and my heart and her love
And the night was gone
But I'll never forget that kiss, that kiss in the moonlight
Oh such a kiss, such a night

It was a night, Oh what a night it was
It really was such a night
Came the dawn and my heart and her love
And the night was gone
But I'll never forget that kiss
That kiss in the moonlight
How well I remember, I'll always remember

That night, Oh what a night it was
It really was such a night
When we kissed I had to fall in love
But I'd gave my heart to her in sweet surrender
How well I remember, I'll always remember

Oh that night Oh what a night it was
It really was such a night
When we kissed I had to fall in love
Well she's gone, gone, gone
Yes she's gone, gone, gone
Came the dawn, dawn, dawn
And my love was gone
But before that dawn
Yes before that dawn and before that dawn
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh
Such a night

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