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Elvis SongPedia: Wear My Ring Around Your Neck

Wear My Ring Around Your Neck




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Bert Carroll, Russell Moody

Recorded: February 1, 1958, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 22.

Single:w/ "Doncha' Think It's Time", 47-7240, April 1, 1958
Also released on 78rpm, 20-7240, April 1, 1959
Also re-released on Gold Standard Series, 447-0622, September 8, 1959

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

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#1 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles
#2 on Billboard's Hot 100
#3 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles

1st LP release: - December 1959
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My Spin

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When Elvis went into the recording studio in February 1958, he probably had trouble concentrating on the task at hand. He was a month away from entering the army, and the pressure was on to get some songs in the can beforehand. Also this was a daytime session and Elvis preferred recording in the evening and overnight hours. In the end, he was only able to produce a couple of usable songs, and those didn't come easy. It took 22 takes to get the master for "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck", but it was the clear highlight of the session!
This wild rocker may have silly and dated lyrics (Does anyone wear someone's ring on a chain around their neck anymore?), but that was par for the course in a '50s rock-n-roll song: inane lyrics spit out at 90 miles an hour on top of a heavy fast beat and stinging guitar. Reviewer Robert Matthew-Walker (below) is right about Elvis' voice being buried behind the noise at times, but I don't think the recording suffers from that. All those rock-n-roll ingredients are here in this classic, and the chaos is part of the appeal!

The song has been revived to good use since, as well. Bruce Springsteen occasionally ended concerts with this one for an encore in the mid '70s, and Ricky Van Shelton added his version to his Greatest Hits album in 1992, which became a modest country hit.


Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)



"Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" also disappoints, but for different reasons: here the recording is at fault, with Presley in the background, submerged beneath the powerhouse noise and hard-driving rhythm of this fast rocker.

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




Heavy duty, vintage rocker from the early RCA catalogue. Elvis spinning off lyrics like a madman and D.J. Fontana drumming like a machine-gun, nearly breaking his sticks.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982





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"Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" Lyrics and Downloads

Won't you wear my ring around your neck
To tell the world I'm yours, by heck
Let them see your love for me
And let them see by the ring around your neck

Won't you wear my ring around your neck
To tell the world I'm yours, by heck
Let them know I love you so
And let them know by the ring around your neck

They say that goin' steady is not the proper thing
They say that we're too young to know the meaning of a ring
I only know that I love you and that you love me too
So, darling, please do what I ask of you

Won't you wear my ring around your neck
To tell the world I'm yours, by heck
Let them see your love for me
And let them see by the ring around your neck

Let them know I love you so
And let them know by the ring around your neck
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