About the song

Love Me Tender by the King himself, Elvis Presley. But not just any rendition of this beloved ballad. This particular performance comes from the legendary ’68 Comeback Special, a pivotal moment in Elvis’ career. Let’s delve a little deeper, shall we?

Love Me Tender was originally released in 1956, a departure from Elvis’ earlier, high-octane rock and roll hits. Based on the Civil War folk song “Aura Lee,” it showcased a softer, more vulnerable side to the young singer. The lyrics, a simple plea for unwavering love, resonated deeply with audiences, propelling the song to number one on the charts.

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However, by 1968, Elvis’ career had taken a different turn. Hollywood musicals had taken precedence over music, and his on-stage charisma seemed to have dimmed. The Comeback Special was a chance for Elvis to reclaim his musical throne. Here, we see a revitalized Elvis, one who embraces both his rock and roll roots and his ballad prowess.

Love Me Tender, performed during the show’s intimate stand-up segment, takes on a whole new life. Gone is the orchestral backing of the original recording. Instead, Elvis is accompanied by a stripped-down band, creating a raw and emotional atmosphere. We hear the raw power of his voice, a touch deeper and richer with maturity, yet still possessing that undeniable charisma.

This performance is more than just a song; it’s a testament to Elvis’ enduring talent. It’s a captivating glimpse into the soul of a performer determined to recapture his magic. As he croons the now-iconic line, “Love me tender, love me true” , we witness not just a singer delivering a song, but an artist reconnecting with his audience and his own musical essence.

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The ’68 Comeback Special’s Love Me Tender is more than just a performance; it’s a defining moment in music history. It’s a powerful reminder of Elvis’ transformative power and his enduring legacy as the King of Rock and Roll.

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