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Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley

Album: Elvis' 30 #1 HitsReleased: 1956Charted:
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  • This was the theme song to the first of 31 Elvis movies. The movie was titled The Reno Brothers before it was renamed to capitalize on the song.
    Originally, Elvis had just a small role in the movie, but during filming it became apparent that he was a really big deal, and his role was expanded to take advantage of his stardom. His character is killed at the end of the movie, but Elvis re-appears to reprise the song. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • The music is based on a 1861 Classical piece called "Aura Lee."
  • RCA Records received over 1 million pre-orders for this song, making it the first single to ship as a gold record before it was released.
  • This was released as a single in September 1956. It didn't appear on an album until March 1958, when it was included on Elvis' Golden Records. (thanks to Eileen for above 2)
  • This was also a hit for Richard Chamberlain in 1962 and Percy Sledge in 1967.
  • Linda Ronstadt covered this in 1978. US Radio stations edited her version together with Elvis' original, creating a duet. This version became very popular, but was never released as a single or available for sale.
  • In 1956, this replaced "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" on the Billboard chart, making Elvis Presley the first artist to replace himself in the #1 position. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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Comments: 17

On September 28th 1961, the 60-minute medical drama series 'Dr. Kildare' premiered on the NBC-TV network...
The series ran for five seasons with a grand total of 190 original episodes...
One year and two days later on September 30th, 1962 Richard Chamberlain's, who played Dr. Kildare, covered version of "Love Me Tender" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #92; and on November 11th, 1962 it peaked at #21 {for 1 week} and spent 9 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #15 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
His next release was also a covered record, the Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do Is Dream"; it reached #14 on the Top 100...
Mr. Chamberlain celebrated his 80th birthday six months ago on March 31st {2014}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On September 25th 1956, RCA Victor records announced that they have received one million advanced orders for "Love Me Tender"...
Nine days later on October 4th, 1956 the record was released and immediately debut at #2 on the Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores chart...
The record that was at #1 on the Best Sellers chart was "Don't Be Cruel" b/w "Hound Dog"; and at #3 was "Green Door" by Jim Lowe...
R.I.P. to The King {1935 - 1977} and Mr. Lowe will celebrate his 88th birthday this coming May 7th {2015}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On June 11th 1967, Percy Sledge's covered version of "Love Me Tender" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #84; and on July 16th it peaked at #40 (for 1 week) and spent 6 weeks on the Top 100...
The week it did peak at #40 was also its last week on the Top 100...
It reached #35 on both the Billboard R&B Singles chart and in the United Kingdom...
The record's B-side, "What Am I Living For", also charted on the Top 100, for 2 weeks, peaking at #91 (the original version by Chuck Willis reached #1 on the R&B chart in 1958).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On January 6th, 1957, Elvis Presley performed "Love Me Tender" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
Two months earlier on October 14th , 1956 it entered Billboard's Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #1 (for 5 weeks) and spent 23 weeks on the Top 100...
The movie had its world premier on November 15th, 1956 at the Paramount Theater in New York City (and there was private screening of the film for the Presley family & friends on November 20th at Loew's State Theater in Memphis, TN)...
This appearance on Sullivan was the famous 'shot above the waist' show...
R.I.P. Mr. Sullivan (1901 - 1974) and to The King (1935 - 1977).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
The original 45 of this song dosent get my vote for the best recording...the guitar was out of tune...it is kind of a wretched production....YET....his sincerity came through...and that's all that mattered...people loved it!Steve Dotstar - Los Angeles, Ca
When this song was played on the night he died , it was like Elvis's epitaph ; as if he's telling his fans that he'll always love them until the end of time itself. He wanted the fans to know he cares about them ; and appreciated all the applause , the gifts and the fun times he had performing and playing his music. There will never be another like him . ..R.I.P. Elvis , until we see you again .Chomper - Franjkin County, Pa
On the night that we heard about Elvis's death back in 1977 , we were watching the T.V. set in my parent's bedroom. It was about 12:00AM , and my mom wanted me to go to bed because it was getting late , when they mentioned it ; and they were playing the song "Love Me Tender" in the background while displaying his name , date of birth and date of death. ..It was pretty spooky standing there, watching and hearing the song played , minutes before going to bed.Mike - Franklin County, Pa
When I was a little girl I saw the movie "Love Me Tender" and Elvis sang "Aura Lee" at the very beginning. I've talked to a couple of other people who remember it also. Why is it not mentioned and not available. It's important to me.Ora Lee - Kansas City, Ks
The music is played through out the 1936 movie "Come and get it" staring Edward Arnold. It is also sung in the movie with the original lyrics "Aura Lee" from 1861.Paul - Farmville, Nc
God, I cried so hard when I saw this movie. At the end, with that big image of him singing in the sky... I just lost it lol. I love this song, Elvis knew how to sing it the only way its' meant to be sung. Norah Jones' version is OK but I wouldn't go looking for it on any give day.Maha - Auckland, New Zealand
Did any of you know that on the "Aloha From Hawaii" album he forgot the lyrics while singing this song?Steven - West Carrollton, Oh
Elvis´s Mom did not like the movie "Love me tender" because He dies in the movie.Asef - Silkeborg, Denmark
Norah Jones sang this song, but minus a few verses/lines.Michelle - Anaheim, Ca
The verse you talk about, Calum, is the so called "End title version". You can hear it at the end of the movie (Elvis sings ist as a ghost) and on some records (first released on "Essential Elvis" in 1986).Björn - St. Augustin, Germany
elvis preferred to sing songs such as this one, rather than rock n roll, which is ironic for his rep as "king of rock n roll"Suzi - Charleston , Sc
In a book I have of Elvis songs, it has another verse at the end:

When at last my dreams come true
Darling this I know
Happiness will follow you
Everywhere you go

Anyone heard anyone sing this?
Calum - Edinburgh, Scotland
I can think of a real good song to find out about. It's the song i dedicate to my big old sweet honey.......(Let me be your)Teddy Bear.Leslie - Hooks, Tx