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(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)
Yes, you're reading that correctly, the songwriters for this one are Elvis and the boys. Elvis' role in this one may have been to just suggest the idea and Red West did most of the rest (that's Red's version of the story), or Elvis may have been the principal writer as some sources seem to suggest. If so, it was probably the only song that Elvis truly wrote, and even this was loosely based on Cole Porter's "Begin The Beguine". He wanted to just record that song with new lyrics (like what was done with "O Sole Mio" / "It's Now Or Never") but couldn't get Porter's permission to change the lyrics. He enlisted help from Red and Charlie to compose an all-new version, changing the melody from "Beguine" quite a bit and writing new lyrics.
"You'll Be Gone" was an attempt to create his own version of "It's Now Or Never" or "Surrender", and the result was a Latin-flavored melody that is well-recorded with excellent guitar work and Elvis soaring on the vocals, especially the ending, and taking the whole thing very seriously. Obviously, if you're not a fan of the Latin stuff, it won't be your cup of tea. When Elvis proudly played this for Priscilla, she wasn't impressed and wanted him to do more "Jailhouse Rock" stuff. Maybe you agree with her. Myself, hey, I don't mind a little Latin-Elvis once in a while, and this one's not bad. I'd rather hear Elvis being overly dramatic any day than to hear the other side of this single. :)
P.S. Check out the video section below! I'm always happy to see Morrissey cover some obscure Elvis.
(What did the critics and fans say?)
"You'll Be Gone" is another unusual number: it has the flavour of a Mexican beguine, and is notable for stylish guitar work. There is too much echo around Presley's voice but one can appreciate his breath control. An under-rated recording.
ElvisStartPage - As the name implies, this is the place to start when looking for Elvis sites!
Elvis Presley - Another directory of Elvis websites. The place to go to find Elvis on the web!
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Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
This is the definitive encyclopedia on Elvis' life details, as well as all the background and trivia you need for all the songs, movies, and TV appearances. Authors are Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius.
The subtitle of Ace Collins' book says it all: "The stories behind Elvis' #1 hits"!
"Elvis The #1 Hits: The Secret History of the Classics". Another self-explanatory book title. :)