About the song

Ah, yes, Elvis Presley’s “I’ll Remember You” (1961). Now that’s a song that takes us back, doesn’t it? While it wasn’t originally an Elvis tune, the King’s rendition became synonymous with heartfelt ballads and left an undeniable mark on popular music.

Here’s the interesting twist: the song’s origin story isn’t quite what you might expect. It wasn’t penned by some seasoned Nashville songwriter, but rather by a Hawaiian musician named Kui Lee. Lee, a self-taught singer and eventual performer at the famed Honey’s nightclub, wrote “I’ll Remember You” in 1964, likely inspired by a personal experience. The song’s melancholic tone and themes of loss resonated deeply, and it found its way into the repertoire of another rising Hawaiian star – Don Ho.

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Now, Elvis was no stranger to incorporating diverse sounds into his music. Throughout the 1950s, he had revolutionized the music scene with his electrifying blend of rock and roll, R&B, and gospel. But by the early 1960s, his sound was evolving. He was still the undeniable King of Rock and Roll, but his movie career demanded a more versatile approach. This is where “I’ll Remember You” comes in.

It’s important to note that there’s a slight discrepancy when it comes to the official release date of Elvis’s “I’ll Remember You.” While 1961 is sometimes cited, some sources suggest it wasn’t actually released until 1966 as a bonus track on the “Spinout” soundtrack. Regardless of the exact year, the song showcased a different side of Elvis. The raw energy of his rockabilly days is replaced with a smooth, soulful delivery. His iconic voice, however, remains captivating, carrying the weight of the song’s emotional core.

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The lyrics themselves are a poignant exploration of a love lost. Lines like “The world seems empty since you’ve gone away” and “Though miles may separate us, you’re with me every day” capture the bittersweet pangs of longing and remembrance. The melody, a beautiful ballad with a touch of Hawaiian influence, perfectly complements the sentiment.

Elvis’s “I’ll Remember You” might not have been a chart-topping smash hit, but its significance lies in its ability to showcase the King’s versatility. It’s a testament to his ability to deliver a powerful ballad with the same conviction he brought to his rock and roll anthems. It’s a song that reminds us that Elvis Presley wasn’t just a musical force, but a true interpreter of emotions, capable of captivating audiences with both raw energy and heartfelt tenderness. So, let’s settle in and listen to the King croon about a love that lingers, a memory that endures – Elvis Presley’s “I’ll Remember You.”

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Lyrics

“I’ll Remember You”

I’ll remember you
Long after this endless summer has gone
I’ll be lonely oh so lonely
Living only to remember you

I’ll remember too
Your voice as soft as the warm summer breeze
Your sweet laughter, mornings after
Ever after, I’ll remember you

To your arms someday I’ll return to stay
Till then I will remember too
Every bright star we made wishes upon
Love me always, promise always
Oh, you’ll remember too

I’ll remember you