Love Me Tender (EP)

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Love Me Tender
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EP by Elvis Presley
Released November 1956
Recorded August–September 1956
Genre Country, rockabilly
Length 9:31
Label RCA Victor
Producer Lionel Newman

Love Me Tender is a mini-album (EP) by Elvis Presley, containing songs from the motion picture of the same name. It was released by RCA in November 1956, the EP peaked at #9 on Top Pop Albums chart with sales of over 600,000,[1] as well as making it to #35 on the singles chart. It was simultaneously certified Gold and Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on March 27, 1992.[2]

Background[edit]

The film was originally intended to be a straight acting role for Presley,[1] but due to the popularity of the single "Love Me Tender" and Colonel Tom Parker's desire to promote Presley's films with a soundtrack and vice versa,[1] four songs were added to the film. Parker would very seldom deviate from this formula for the remainder of Presley's film career.

Instead of a full long-playing album soundtrack, for Love Me Tender the four songs appearing in the film were released as an extended-play, seven-inch 45 RPM record on RCA Victor, Love Me Tender, catalog EPA 4006, during November 1956.[1]

Content[edit]

The four EP soundtrack songs were recorded at Fox's Stage One in Hollywood, at three sessions on August 24, September 4, and October 1, 1956, the title song had already been released as a single on September 28, 1956, and went to #1 on the singles chart. The music was based on the Civil War ballad "Aura Lee," with new lyrics by Ken Darby.[1] Darby, in fact, wrote all of the soundtrack songs, but credited them to his wife, Vera Matson, while Parker cut his publishing company, Hill and Range, in on the royalties by further crediting the writing to Presley as well.[1] A reprise of "Love Me Tender" was recorded on October 1 and is heard at the end of the film; this short track was not released until after Presley's death.[1] The sessions for these songs were the only time in the decade that Presley recorded with musicians outside his regular coterie.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ken Darby but credited to Elvis Presley and Vera Matson.

Side one
No. Title Recording date Length
1. "Love Me Tender" August 24, 1956 2:41
2. "Let Me" September 4, 1956 2:08
Side two
No. Title Recording date Length
1. "Poor Boy" August 24, 1956 2:13
2. "We're Gonna Move" August 24, 1956 2:30

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1957) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[3] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Victor, The Elvis Encyclopedia, pages 314/315
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum – RIAA (Search)". RIAA. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Elvis Presley – Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 

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