About the song

Absolutely, let’s delve into the electrifying world of Elvis Presley and his 1957 hit, Too Much. Now, to truly appreciate this song, we need to rewind to a pivotal moment in American music history. The mid-1950s witnessed the emergence of a young man from Tupelo, Mississippi, who would forever change the landscape of popular music. Elvis Presley, with his charismatic stage presence, smooth baritone dipped in Southern charm, and unique blend of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and country music, became a cultural phenomenon.

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Too Much wasn’t part of a meticulously planned studio session. It emerged during a brief recording break for the movie “Love Me Tender” in September 1956. This spontaneity, however, doesn’t diminish the song’s significance. Composed by songwriting duo Bernard Weinman and Lee Rosenberg, Too Much perfectly captured the essence of Elvis’s burgeoning rock and roll persona.

The song opens with a driving, two-chord progression on the piano, setting the stage for a pulsating rhythm section. Scotty Moore’s iconic fingerpicking guitar style weaves its magic throughout, creating a foundation for Elvis’s impassioned vocals. Listen closely, and you’ll hear the undeniable influence of gospel music in the backing vocals, adding a layer of soulful depth.

Too Much isn’t just about a catchy melody and a danceable beat. The lyrics, delivered with Elvis’s signature intensity, explore a young man overwhelmed by love’s powerful grip. Lines like “My heart’s in a whirl, my head’s in a daze / Can’t think for myself, can’t act in no ways” and “It’s just too much, it’s somethin’ fierce / Can’t take no more, but I can’t get enough, of course” paint a vivid picture of this emotional rollercoaster.

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The impact of Too Much was undeniable. Released in January 1957, it became Elvis’s fifth consecutive number one hit on the Billboard charts. However, its significance goes beyond chart success. Too Much further propelled Elvis to superstardom, solidifying his place as the “King of Rock and Roll.” His electrifying performance of the song on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in January 1957 is considered a landmark moment in American television history, captivating a national audience and igniting a cultural revolution.

Too Much remains a cornerstone of Elvis’s legacy. It’s a testament to his raw talent, the power of rock and roll, and the enduring appeal of a relatable story about the intoxicating rush of young love. So, put on your blue suede shoes, crank up the volume, and prepare to be swept away by the timeless energy of Too Much.

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Lyrics

“Too Much”

Well, honey, I love you too much
I need your lovin’ too much
Want the thrill of your touch
Well gee, I can’t love you too much
You do all the livin’
While I do all the givin’
Cause I love you too much

Well, you spend all my money too much
I have to share you honey, too much
When I want some lovin’, you’re gone
Don’t you know you’re treatin’ your daddy wrong
Now you got me started
Don’t you leave me broken-hearted
Cause I love you too much

I need your lovin’ all the time
Need your huggin’, please be mine
Need you near me, stay real close
Please, please, hear me, you’re the most
Now you got me started
Don’t you leave me broken-hearted
Cause I love you too much

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Too much

Every time I kiss your sweet lips
I can feel my heart go flip flip
I’m such a fool for your charms
Take me back baby in your arms
Like to hear you sighin’
Even though I know you’re lyin’
Cause I love you too much

I need your lovin’ all the time
Need your huggin’, please be mine
Need you near me, stay real close
Please, please, hear me, you’re the most
Now you got me started
Don’t you leave me broken-hearted
Cause I love you too much