– 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.
About 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.
– Love Me Tender, the movie, is set during the Civil War, so the musical director, Ken Darby, sought out songs from that era to adapt for Elvis. He found one in “Aura Lee,” a classical piece from 1861. Using that song’s melody, he and Elvis developed the song on set. On August 24, 1956, Elvis recorded it on the soundstage with session musicians.
– On September 9, 1956, Elvis sang this on The Ed Sullivan Show, his first appearance on the program. The song wasn’t released yet, so after the performance, orders came flooding in. Elvis’ label, RCA, took the opportunity to hype the release, claiming a million pre-orders came in and touting it as the first single ever to go Gold before it shipped (the RIAA didn’t start certifying Gold records until 1958, so there was nothing to validate this claim). When it was released in early October, the song became a sensation. It rose to #1 on November 3, two weeks before the movie came out, and stayed on top for five weeks, becoming one of Elvis’ best-known songs.
Love me tenderLove me sweet Never let me go You have made my life complete And I love you soLove me tender, love me trueAll my dreams fulfilled For my darlin’, I love you And I always willLove me tender, love me longTake me to your heart For its there that I belong I will never partLove me tender, love me trueAll my dreams fulfilled For my darlin’, I love you And I always willLove me tender, love me dearTell me you are mine I’ll be yours through all the years Till the end of timeLove me tender, love me trueAll my dreams fulfilled For my darlin’, I love you And I always willFor my darlin’, I love youAnd I always will