1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
You're So Square (but I Don't Care) recorded by Elvis Presley from MGM’s 1957 Elvis Presley/Judy Tyler film ‘Jailhouse Rock’
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Introduced in 1957, on RCA Victor Records #EPA-4114
While Elvis Presley is instantly remembered as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, he did record several middle-of-the-road fifties #1 pop standards including Love Me Tender, Loving You,(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, (Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I, and It’s Now or Never, (adapted from the Italian song O Sole Mio). In a most unusual situation for the King, this recording of You’re So Square, a fifties pop song with a light rock ‘n’ roll bridge never even made it into the top one hundred! In You’re So Square, Elvis claims that even though his girl doesn’t know any new dance steps, he knows that his ‘heart flips’ for her. Maybe You’re So Square was overlooked and rarely heard because two much more familiar songs Jailhouse Rock and Treat Me Nice also came from his third film. Elvis Presley also recorded dozens of gospel/spiritual songs during his career including (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley. The man most responsible for popularizing rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley was born in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He first recorded for Sam Phillips’ Sun records. In 1955 he signed with RCA Victor records where he recorded a mammoth quantity of material over the next twenty-five years. He died in 1977 at his home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"I don’t know why my heart flips; I only know it does"