About the song

Absolutely, let’s delve into the world of the King himself, Elvis Presley, and his heartfelt ballad, Loving You (1957). This song, released as part of the soundtrack for Presley’s second film of the same name, holds a significant place in music history for several reasons.

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Firstly, it marked a turning point in Presley’s career. While his debut film, Love Me Tender (1956), showcased his electrifying stage presence, Loving You was his first foray into a full-fledged musical film. This presented a new challenge: could the young rock and roll icon translate his raw energy and charisma to a more narrative format?

Loving You answered that question with a resounding yes. The film may not have been a critical darling, but it was a commercial success, further solidifying Presley’s status as a cultural phenomenon. The soundtrack album, featuring Loving You, became his first No. 1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.

However, the song itself transcends the film’s context. Composed by the legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Loving You is a departure from Presley’s usual up-tempo, rockabilly style. It’s a slower, more introspective ballad that allows the singer to showcase his vocal tenderness.

The opening strains set the mood perfectly. A gentle acoustic guitar plucks a melancholic melody, soon joined by a warm bass line and brushed drums. Presley’s iconic voice enters, a touch lower in register than usual, imbued with a vulnerability that resonates deeply. The lyrics, simple yet potent, paint a picture of a man yearning for a love that seems out of reach.

“Can’t help but think about you every day/Since you went away/Oh, how I miss you so/And the way you used to hold me close”

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These opening lines establish the song’s central theme: the pain of lost love and the overwhelming desire for its return. Loving You doesn’t dwell on anger or resentment, but rather on a melancholic longing. It’s a testament to Presley’s evolving artistry that he could deliver such a nuanced performance, one that transcended his initial rock and roll image.

Loving You was a critical and commercial success. It reached No. 15 on the U.S. country chart and No. 20 on the U.S. pop chart, solidifying Presley’s ability to connect with audiences across genres. The song’s influence can be felt in countless ballads by later artists, a testament to its enduring quality.

So, as you listen to Loving You, take a moment to appreciate not just the smooth vocals and catchy melody, but also the artistry it represents. It’s a song that showcases Elvis Presley’s growth as a performer, his ability to convey a range of emotions, and his lasting impact on the music world.

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Lyrics

“Loving You”

(Jerry Leiber – Mike Stoller)
I will spend my whole life through
loving you, loving you.
Winter, summer, spring-time, too,
loving you, loving you.
Makes no difference where I go or what I do.
You know that I’ll always be loving you.

If I’m seen with someone new,
don’t be blue, don’t be blue.
I’ll be faithful I’ll be true;
always true, true to you.
There is only one for me, and you know who.
You know that I’ll always be loving you.

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