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You'll Be Gone is a song co-written by Elvis Presley and released in 1965 as a single and on the Girl Happy soundtrack. The song was recorded in 1962 and is significant because it was co-written by Elvis Presley, with his bodyguard Red West and Charlie Hodge. The other song that Elvis Presley composed in 1961 was That's Someone You Never Forget, which was on the Pot Luck LP released in 1962.

The song was recorded on Sunday, March 18, 1962 at RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.


Chart History

"You'll Be Gone" was released as an RCA Victor 45 picture sleeve single in 1965 as the B side with "Do the Clam", as RCA Victor 47-8500. "You'll Be Gone" charted at no.121 on Billboard. "Do the Clam" reached no.21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and remained on the chart for 8 weeks.

Composition History

Red West recounted that "You'll Be Gone" was written after a suggestion or idea made by Elvis to write new lyrics for Cole Porter's 1935 classic song "Begin the Beguine", from the musical Jubilee: "Elvis recorded 'It's Now Or Never' and he wanted to take another old standard that was a great song and change the lyrics. ... He said 'I like the song 'Begin the Beguine'. I like the melody but I'd like to put new lyrics on it." When Cole Porter denied permission to alter the lyrics, Elvis, West, and Charlie Hodge worked on creating new lyrics and new music for a song that would be entitled "You'll Be Gone". The song was replete with Latin rhythms and classical guitar passages. The beguine had been a dance popular in Martinique and Guadeloupe in the 1930s.

West recalled the songwriting collaboration with Elvis for "You'll Be Gone": "I think he sat down once. Charlie, he and I sat down and tried to write something ... so that’s how that happened."

Appearances on Albums

The song appeared on the 1965 Girl Happy soundtrack album, the RCA 1999 CD reissue of the 1962 Pot Luck album as a bonus track, on From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters album, and on the 2005 Elvis By The Presleys soundtrack album as alternate take 2.


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