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Elvis SongPedia: Surrender

Surrender




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Basic Stats

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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

1st LP release: - September 1963
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My Spin

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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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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


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.

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




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").

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Surrender" Lyrics and Downloads

When we kiss my heart's on fire
Burning with a strange desire
And I know, each time I kiss you
That your heart's on fire too

So, my darling, please surrender
All your love so warm and tender
Let me hold you in my arms, dear
While the moon shines bright above

All the stars will tell the story
Of our love and all its glory
Let us take this night of magic
And make it a night of love

Won't you please surrender to me
Your lips, your arms, your heart, dear
Be mine forever
Be mine tonight
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