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"Love Me" is sentimental song composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and popularized by Elvis Presley in 1956. Conceived as a parody of a country western music, it was initially interpreted by R&B duo Willy and Ruth in 1954 (Spark 105), then by Georgia Gibbs the same year. At the time the authors affirmed that this song was one their worst compositions.

Elvis Presley recorded the song on September 1 1956 for his second album, Elvis (RCA Victor, LPM-1382) who leaves next October 19. One also finds the song on the maximum-45 lathes Elvis, vol. 1 (RCA Victor, EPA-992) and it climbed to the #2 position on the Billboard HOT 100 in the United States, a first for a title not coming from single. "Love Me" also peaked at number seven on the R&B chart [1]. RCA had considered one moment to make appear Love Me was not released as a single to avoid confusion with Presley’s "Love Me Tender". Presley sang “Love Me” on the October 28, 1956 Ed Sullivan Show. Elvis included this song in the 1968 Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special with the NBC network, and often performed it in concerts in the Seventies, including his last tour in June 1977.[2]

Johnny Burnette recorded “Love Me” in 1960, in a style similar to that of Presley, on his album “Dreamin'” (Liberty LST 7179) and on the maximum-45 lathes “Dreamin'” (Liberty LSX 1004). [3]

A version was recorded by country music artist Davis Daniel on his 1991 debut album Fighting Fire with Fire.

A live version of the song was releaseb by country singer Billy "Crash" Craddock on 2009's Live -N- Kickin'.

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 467.  
  2. ^ Elvis Presley - Love Me - Video mix showing live performances
  3. ^ Johnny Burnette: Liberty 1004
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