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Too Much




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Lee Rosenberg, Bernard Weinman

Recorded: September 2, 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is a composite of take 12 and a 10-second insert (take 2) at the beginning.

Single:w/ "Playing For Keeps", 47-6800, January 4, 1957
Also released on 78rpm, 20-6800, January 4, 1957
Also released on Gold Standard Series, 447-0617, March 1959

RIAA Certified: Platinum (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#2 on Billboard Top 100
#1 on Cash Box's Top 100
#3 on Billboard Country Juke Box chart
#3 on Billboard Rhythm and Blues chart

1st LP release: - April 1958
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My Spin

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Although it was a big hit in early 1957, "Too Much" doesn't get played much, if at all, on oldies stations, and many non-fans have never heard it. That's a crying shame, because as any fan will tell you, it's a solid rocker that measures right up there with his famous hits of the time! Maybe it was eclipsed by the even bigger hits that surrounded it ("Love Me Tender" before and "All Shook Up" after), it "only" made it to #2 on the charts! It's worth hearing if only for the guitar solo, in which Scotty Moore totally loses track of where he's at, but manages to rein it in at the end, AND despite all that, it's still a classic solo, and a great rockin' tune!

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)



The Jordanaires feature prominently in "Too Much", a medium-tempo shuffle, which is blues-based... Every word is crystal clear. The togetherness of Dudley Brooks' piano and Scotty Moore's guitar is beautifully judged.

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




Bass intro by Bill Black works into a solid beat by D.J. Fontana on this RCA oldie, with Scotty Moore rining out and Elvis in fine fettle, singing a duet with himself. Performed on Elvis' third time on the Sullivan Show, January 6, 1957.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982





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"Too Much" Lyrics and Downloads

Honey, I love you too much
Need your lovin' too much
Want the thrill of your touch
Gee, I can't hold you too much
You do all the livin' While I do all the givin'
Cause I love you too much

You spend all my money too much
Have to share you honey, too much
When I want some lovin', you're gone
Don't you know you're treatin' your daddy wrong
Now you got me started
Don't you leave me broken hearted
Cause I love you too much

Ev'ry time I kiss your sweet lips
I can feel my heart go flip flip
I'm such a fool for your charms
Take me back baby in your arms
Like to hear you sighin' even though I know you're lyin'
Cause I love you too much

Need your lovin' all the time
Need you huggin', please be mine
Need you near me, stay real close
Please, please, hear me, you're the most
Now you got me started
Don't you leave me broken hearted
Cause I love you too much
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