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Loving You
Directed by Hal Kanter
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by Mary Agnes Thompson (story)
Herbert Baker & Hal Kanter (screenwriters)
Starring Elvis Presley
Dolores Hart
Lizabeth Scott
Music by Walter Scharf
Cinematography Charles Lang
Editing by Howard A. Smith
Distributed by Paramount
Release date(s) July 9, 1957
Running time 101 min.
Language English
Preceded by Love Me Tender
Followed by Jailhouse Rock

Loving You is an American motion picture directed by Hal Kanter, released by Paramount Pictures on July 9, 1957. The film stars Elvis Presley, Lizabeth Scott (in her final major film role) and Wendell Corey. It is Presley's second movie, his first in Technicolor and the first with Elvis as the primary focus. The story mirrors that of his own rise to fame, and Presley's mother and father appear as extras in the audience during the final song, "Got A Lot Of Livin' To Do." After his mother's death, Presley refused ever to watch the film again.

Contents

Sypnosis

Elvis Presley plays Deke Rivers, a delivery man who is discovered by publicist Glenda Markle (Lizabeth Scott) and country-western musician Tex Warner (Wendell Corey). Deke is a handsome young man with a fast car and even faster fists, but what really sets him apart is his voice and charisma. One day he's seen singing, and word quickly spreads of his talent throughout the small town in which he works.

Markle and Warner, believing in his potential, want to promote the talented newcomer to fame and fortune, giving him every break they feel he deserves. At first, Warner, a washed-up country music entertainer, sees Deke's addition to the act as merely a side act, and that Warner will return to the limelight. He learns the painful truth after Glenda tearfully tells him that the promoters she works with don't want Warner anymore...and that Deke is their only shot left at the big-time.

Primary Cast

Background

In Presley's first picture, Love Me Tender, he acted in a supporting role as part of a larger story for the first and last time in his film career. His second film, Loving You, set the precedent for the remaining two films he would make before going into the army; Jailhouse Rock and King Creole. Each film would feature him playing a rising young singing star, and of the effects that fame has on him and the people around him.

Following the release of Love Me Tender Presley had complained that he felt uncomfortable playing a character so different to his own personality.[1] Writer and director Hal Kanter, who was working on a movie version of Mary Agnes Thompson's short story A Call For Mitch Miller, spent time with Presley in December 1956 to get a better understanding of his individuality as a person and performer.[1] Using this research he was able to adjust his script to suit Presley's persona for the lead role.[1]

Presley reported for work on January 21 1957, and filming completed on March 8.[1]

Soundtrack

Loving You
Soundtrack by Elvis Presley
Released July 1, 1957
Recorded January and February, 1957
Genre Rock
Length 26:23
Label RCA Victor
Producer Steve Sholes
Professional reviews
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis
(1956)
Loving You
(1957)
Elvis' Christmas Album
(1957)

Loving You is the third album by Elvis Presley, issued on RCA Victor Records in mono, LPM 1515, in July 1957. The exact release date, listed as July 1, is unconfirmed. It contains a combination of songs recorded for the film and previously released items, and recording sessions took place on January 15 through January 18 at the Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage, and on January 12, January 13, January 19, February 23, and February 24 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. These are the first sessions where Steve Sholes is officially listed as producer. It spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.

The soundtrack includes five songs composed expressly for the movie, from the writers providing stock for the Colonel's publishing company, Hill and Range. Mostly functional as per the requirements of any musical, in this case they give Presley numbers to perform during the film. A sixth song intended for but not appearing in the movie, "Don't Leave Me Now", was included on the album; a re-recording would appear on the EP with the soundtrack songs for his next film, Jailhouse Rock.

The previously released material comprises three songs from the EP Just For You, and both sides the single taken from the soundtrack, Presley's #1 hit "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" backed with the film's title track, "Loving You". Producer Hal Wallis liked "Teddy Bear" so much that he insisted it be included in the movie.[2] The swing era favorite "Blueberry Hill", covered by many had been recently a big hit for Fats Domino in 1956, and "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You ?", had been done previously by the Sons of the Pioneers as well as Bing Crosby with The Andrews Sisters. Cole Porter's last great standard, "True Love", written for the 1956 musical film High Society, also made the album, either to feature a straightforward romantic song, or to give Presley and The Jordanaires an excuse for some close harmony singing.

The practice of RCA augmenting soundtrack recordings with extra songs from non-soundtrack studio sessions to bring up the running time of the LP to acceptable lengths would become a commonplace occurrence with Presley soundtracks through the 1960s.

The album was reissued for compact disc in an expanded edition on April 15, 1997, appending eight tracks to the original album. All tracks derive from the same sessions, with three alternate takes, the remaining track from the "Just For You" EP, three single sides including "Tell Me Why" which would wait almost nine years to be released, and a remake of the Sun master "When It Rains It Really Pours" also released much later, on the 1965 LP Elvis for Everyone. On January 11, 2005, Sony BMG reissued the album again, remastered using DSD technology with the six bonus tracks appended in standard fashion. A two-disc set was released on the Follow That Dream collectors label on January 12, 2006, with the bonus tracks and numerous additional takes.

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Track listing

Chart positions for singles taken from the Billboard Pop Singles chart; for albums from the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; for EPA 4041 from the newly inaugurated 1957 EP chart

Side One
Track Recorded Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 1/13/57 Mean Woman Blues Claude Demetrius 2:15
2. 1/24/57 47-7000 7/11/57 #1 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe 1:45
3. 2/24/57 47-7000b 7/11/57 #28 Loving You Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 2:12
4. 1/12/57 Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman 2:31
5. 1/15-18/57 Lonesome Cowboy Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett 3:07
6. 1/15-18/57 Hot Dog Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 1:17
Side Two
Track Recorded Original EP Issue Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 1/22/57 Party Jessie Mae Robinson 1:26
2. 1/19/57 Just For You EPA 4041 4/57 #2 Blueberry Hill Vincent Rose, Al Lewis, Larry Stock 2:39
3. 2/23/57 True Love Cole Porter 2:05
4. 2/23/57 Don't Leave Me Now Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman 1:58
5. 1/19/57 Just For You EPA 4041 4/57 #2 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? Johnny Russell and Scott Wiseman 2:31
6. 2/23/57 Just For You EPA 4041 4/57 #2 I Need You So Ivory Joe Hunter 2:37

1997 and 2005 Reissue Bonus Tracks

Track Recorded Original LP/EP Issue Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 1/12/57 47-8740 12/3/65 #33 Tell Me Why Titus Turner 2:05
2. 1/19/57 Just For You EPA 4041 4/57 #16 Is It So Strange Faron Young 2:28
3. 2/23/57 47-7410 10/21/58 #4 One Night Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, Anita Steiman 2:29
4. 2/24/57 Elvis for Everyone LSP 3450 8/10/65 #10 When It Rains It Really Pours William Emerson 1:47
5. 2/23/57 47-7150b 1/7/58 #8 I Beg of You Rose Marie McCoy and Cliff Owens 1:50
6. 1/22/57 previously unreleased Party (alternate) Jessie Mae Robinson 1:07
7. 2/24/57 The King of Rock 'n' Roll RCA 66050-2 6/23/92 #159 Loving You (alternate) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 1:25
8. 1/12/57 previously unreleased Got A Lot O' Livin' to Do (alternate) Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman 1:20

2006 Follow That Dream Track Listing

Disc One
  1. "Mean Woman Blues"
  2. "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear"
  3. "Loving You"
  4. "Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do"
  5. "Lonesome Cowboy"
  6. "Hot Dog"
  7. "Party"
  8. "Blueberry Hill"
  9. "True Love"
  10. "Don't Leave Me Now"
  11. "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"
  12. "I Need You So"
  13. "One Night"
  14. "I Beg of You"
  15. "All Shook Up" (with Elvis' count-in)
  16. "That's When Your Heartaches Begin"
  17. "Tell Me Why"
  18. "Is It So Strange"
  19. "When It Rains, It Really Pours"
  20. "One Night (Of Sin)" (Alternate Version with Original Lyrics)
  21. "I Beg Of You" (Alternative Take)
  22. "Loving You" (End Version)
  23. "Party" (Alternate Master)
  24. "Loving You" (Main Version)
  25. "Loving You" (Farm Version)
  26. "Got A Lot O' Livin´ To Do!" (Finale)
  27. "Mean Woman Blues" (Version)
  28. "Loving You" (Main Version - Alternate)
  29. "Loving You" (Farm Version - Alternate)
  30. "Blueberry Hill" (From Acetate)
  31. "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do!" (Main Version - From Acetate)
Disc Two (The February 14th Session)
1-12. Loving You (Takes 1 - 12; Mono 'Farm Scene' Version)
13-34. Loving You (Takes 13 - 34; Mono Main Version)
35-50. Loving You (Takes 1 - 15; Binaural Main Version Takes)

Personnel

Note

  1. ^ a b c d Victor, Adam, The Elvis Encyclopaedia, p.318
  2. ^ Guralnick, Peter. The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters, 1992, insert booklet, p. 34.

References

  • Jorgenson, Ernst (1998). Elvis Presley: A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-18572-3
  • Loving You Special Edition FTD CD Information: http://shop.elvis.com.au/prod1295.htm

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