Mac Davis and Billy Strange wrote this for the 1968 Elvis movie Live A Little, Love A Little
, which was one of Presley's last. The song is all about taking action - enough talk already!
Davis wrote the original version for Aretha Franklin, but when Billy Strange, who was handling music for the film, approached Davis about contributing a song, he realized that "A Little Less Conversation" fit the scene perfectly, so he reworked it with Strange and Elvis sang it for the film.
"I read the script, and the place where they needed a song was in a scene where he's seducing a girl at a pool and she's talking too much, and he's trying to get her to leave with him," Davis said in a Songfacts interview
. "I had this song already started that I was hoping Aretha Franklin might like, and I wrote it really with her in mind. It just fit right into that spot and they asked me to clean up the lyrics. It was a little funky, I guess, for his image at the time. So I changed his lyrics to fit the times."