Written by: Giambattista De Curtis, Ernesto de Curtis, Doc Pomus, Mort Schuman
Recorded: October 30, 1960, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is spliced from take 4 (main part of song) and take 8 of a work part (ending)
Single:w/ "Lonely Man", 47-7850, February 7, 1961
Also released in "Living Stereo", 61-7850, February 1961
Also released as Compact 33 Single, 37-7850, February 1961 (the first 33rpm single released by RCA Victor)
Also released as "Living Stereo" Compact 33 Single, 68-7850, February 1961 (the only stereo 33rpm single by Elvis released by RCA Victor)
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0630, February 20, 1962
RIAA Certified: Platinum (as of 03/27/1992)
Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#1 on Billboard's Hot 100
#1 on Cash Box Top 100
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The spiritual successor to "It's Now Or Never", "Surrender" once again gives Elvis a chance to show his vocal range, ability and style on a reworked Italian import. This time the source is "Torna a Surriento", which had already been given a more direct English translation before as "Come Back to Sorrento". Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote new lyrics and a charging rhythmic arrangement that made for a perfect backdrop for Elvis' dramatic vocals. The result is another success, and more evidence that Elvis was determined to explore new directions that encompassed the broader scope of pop music, and not limit himself to rock. That high note in the final line is yet more evidence that he had the vocal chops to tackle any kind of music he wanted.
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The enormous success of "It's Now Or Never" demanded a follow-up, and "Surrender" attempts to repeat the formula. The Neapolitan song, "Come Back To sorrento" is transferred to bossa-nova rhythm, with fast guitar chords. It does not quite come off - although Presley sings the arrangement to perfection, with a dazzling top B flat full of powerful head-tone.
Elvis challenges the high notes on this romantic classic, sealing the heights and melting the hearts. A tricky, flashy, above-key rendition based on a 1911 ballad called "Torna A Sorrento" (following in the footsteps of "It's Now Or Never").
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