Love Me

Album: The Complete Elvis (1956)
Charted: 2
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  • This was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who also wrote Elvis' breakout hit "Hound Dog." It's written in an over-the-top country style, and although it was a bit of a parody, it came off as quite sincere when Elvis sang it. The song was first recorded in 1954, first by Willy and Ruth and later by Georgia Gibbs.
  • Elvis performed this on The Ed Sullivan Show on October 28, 1956.
  • Robert Plant said in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time issue: "When I met Elvis with Zeppelin, after one of his concerts in the early '70s, I sized him up. He wasn't quite as tall as me, but he had a singer's build, and he was driven. At that meeting, Jimmy Page joked with Elvis that we never soundchecked - but if we did, all I wanted to do was sing Elvis songs. Elvis thought that was funny and asked me, 'Which songs do you sing?' I told him I liked the ones with all the moods, like that great country song 'Love Me' - 'Treat me like a fool/Treat me mean and cruel/But love me.' So when we were leaving, after a most illuminating and funny 90 minutes with the guy, I was walking down the corridor. He swung 'round the door frame, looking quite pleased with himself, and started singing that song: 'Treat me like a fool.' I turned around and did Elvis right back at him. We stood there, singing to each other. What he did was he made it possible for me, as a singer, to become otherworldly." >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
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Comments: 3

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaThanks Jerry and Mike. Have felt like this more than once.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaI think Jerry Leiber said this was one of his favorites by Elvis! It was either this one or Don't...but ahh doo bee-lieve it was this tune!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny"Love Me" was one of six records by Elvis that peaked at Number Two on Billbroad {he had a total of 18 that reached Number One!!!}
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