Love Me Tender

Elvis Presley

About Love Me Tender

"Love Me Tender" is a 1956 song recorded by Elvis Presley and published by Elvis Presley Music from the 20th Century Fox film of the same name. The words are credited to Ken Darby under the pseudonym "Vera Matson", the name of his wife, and Elvis Presley. The RCA Victor recording by Elvis Presley was no. 1 on both the Billboard and Cashbox charts in 1956. The song was adapted from the melody for "Aura Lee", a sentimental Civil War ballad. The song is also featured in many other films such as FM, Touched By Love, This is Elvis, Porky's Revenge, Wild at Heart, Die Hard 2, Honeymoon in Vegas, Backbeat, Gaudi Afternoon, Machine Gun Molly, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, William Eggleston in the Real World, California Dreamin', Love in Space, Devil's Due, Just Before I Go, 90 Minutes in Heaven, and Ready or Not.  


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Love me tender, love me sweet
Never let me go
You have made my life complete
And I love you so

Love me tender, love me true
All my dreams fulfill
For my darling I love you
And I always will

Love me tender, love me long
Take me to your heart
For it's there that I belong
And will never part

Love me tender, love me true
All my dreams fulfill
For my darling I love you
And I always will

Love me tender, love me dear
Tell me you are mine
I'll be yours through all the years
'Til the end of time

Love me tender, love me true
All my dreams fulfill
For my darling I love you
And I always will

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. One of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". more »

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Written by: Elvis Presley, Vera Matson

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, RALEIGH MUSIC PUBLISHING, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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10 facts about this song

Song Background
"Love Me Tender" was the debut single by Elvis Presley, released in 1956.
Influenced by a Classic
The song is a new arrangement of the Civil War ballad "Aura Lee," published in 1861.
Movie Debut
"Love Me Tender" was also the title of Elvis Presley's first movie. The song was featured in the movie.
Unique Recording
Unlike most of Elvis's songs, "Love Me Tender" does not have any percussion or background chorus.
Chart Success
It reached number one on the US Billboard charts in 1956 and maintained the position for 5 weeks.
Pre-order Records
The single achieved massive pre-order sales of over 1 million copies, making it a gold record before it was even released.
Global Recognition
Despite being a song from the 50s, "Love Me Tender" continues to be a globally recognized song.
Covered by Numerous Artists
The song has been covered by many famous artists, including Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones, and Linda Ronstadt.
Featured in Various Mediums
"Love Me Tender" has been featured in numerous movies, TV shows and commercials even decades after its initial release.
Final Live Performance
"Love Me Tender" was the last song Elvis sang live in concert, at his final concert in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977.

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