1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Love Me Tender recorded by Elvis Presley introduced October 20, 1956
Written by Elvis Presley & Vera Matson (actually Ken Darby)
Accompanied by the Ken Darby Trio
This pensive, haunting ballad was the title song from Elvis Presley’s first film. It was co-written by Ken Darby and Elvis Presley. Vera Matson, credited as a co-writer, was the wife of Ken Darby. The melody is an adaptation of the Civil War era song called Aura Lee. Elvis Presley put subdued emotion into the song and the result was spectacular. It was one of five #1 hits he released in 1956 including rock ‘n’ roll hits Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, and I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Love me tender, love me true— all my dreams fulfilled"