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Written by Vera Matson and Elvis Presley Recorded by Elvis August 24 1956
Elvis Presley's hit recording of "Love Me Tender" entered Billboard's pop charts in October 1956. It stayed on the charts for 19 weeks, and was in the Number 1 spot for five of those weeks. The song, from Presley's debut film with the same title, was adapted from the tune "Aura Lee," which had been written back in 1861.
Elvis' character Clint dies at the end of "Love Me Tender". His mother and thousands of fans were so upset that the producers altered the ending, adding a silhouette presence of Elvis singing the title song over the end credits.
Love Me Tender (1956) Elvis Presley's first movie finds him as a farm boy romancing his presumed-dead brother's fiancee during the Civil War. Songs include "Poor Boy," "We're Gonna Move" and the title tune with Debra Paget and Richard Egan.
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