Elvis Presley

Loving You

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From one of pop music's most masterful songwriting teams comes this haunting and intimate love ballad written for the Elvis Presley cinematic vehicle of the same name. Blues and R&B aficionados Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote some of rock & roll and R&B's most enduring standards, from "Hound Dog" and "Kansas City" to "Poison Ivy" and "Charlie Brown." They also wrote a substantial part of Presley's repertoire beyond his cover of "Hound Dog," which had already been a hit for Big Mama Thornton. Presley recorded over 20 of the Brill Building duo's songs. Stoller remembers getting "assignments" from Presley's movie studio: "They started to give us assignments for movies. The first one being Loving You, which I think had been called something like "Lonesome Cowboy" until we submitted the song 'Loving You' and they changed the title." Starting with a dark piano arpeggio from Dudley Brooks, "Loving You" is a dreamy, late-night torch song. Over a pulsing upright bass from Bill Black, a delicately picked guitar from Scotty Moore, and quartet backing vocals from the Jordanaires, Presley's rich, resonant, and supremely confident voice croons a quiet but assertive promise: "I will spend my whole life through/Loving you, just loving you." The second verse seems to reflect a sentiment that Presley was most likely feeling at the time: "If I'm seen with someone new/Don't be blue, don't you be blue/I'll be faithful, I'll be true/Always true, true to you/There is only one for me, and you know who/You know that I'll always be loving you."

According to Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, the second volume of Peter Guralnick's definitive biography of Presley, the singer was living a great deal of the time in Hollywood and being tempted away from the domestic stability he had back at Graceland. The lyrics of "Loving You" come across as a midnight vow, a reassurance to an insecure lover, while acknowledging the fact that there might be "someone new." The song is a short and romantic piece, ideal for a slow dance. Yet there is something ominously dark about the production and arrangement; played at a snail's pace, it is a somewhat exaggerated version of the sort of slow-tempo R&B ballad that the Orioles were known for. It sounds as if -- like a murky recording of a corner doo wop act -- it were recorded in a low-budget backroom studio, as opposed to the Hollywood Radio Recorders facility that was utilized. But the atmosphere is what makes "Loving You" so special, separating it from the pack of similar songs. Indeed, for an example of potential directions the song could take, one need look no further than the soundtrack album on which it was included: Further down the track listing is an unlikely up-tempo rendition of the song that could make total sense on its own, had it not been for the existence of this definitive slow version.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Loving You 1957 BMG International 2:18
No Image 1958 RCA 2:13
Elvis Sings Flaming Star 1969 Custom 0:00
Elvis' 50 Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Vol. 1 1970 RCA 2:15
No Image 1972 RCA
No Image 1975 RCA 2:14
No Image 1975 Arcade Music
50 Years-50 Hits 1976 BMG 2:17
No Image 1978
Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller 1980 RCA
Collection, Vol. 1 1984 RCA
No Image 1987 RCA Camden Classics
No Image 1988 Pair 0:00
The Essential Elvis: The First Movies 1988 RCA 2:14
Elvis Presley: The Definitive Film Album 1990 RCA
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Elvis, the King - 1954-1965 1990 2:15
No Image 1991 Pioneer
The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters 1992 RCA 2:13
His Life and Music 1995 Life Times & Music 2:16
Heart and Soul 1995 BMG Heritage / RCA 2:15
Forever in Love 1997 RCA
The Elvis Presley Collection: Movie Magic [Time-Life] 1997 Time / Life Music 1:27
No Image 1998 Time / Life Music 1:28
All the Best, Vol. 1-2 1999 BMG International 2:14
No Image 1999 RCA 2:12
Can't Help Falling in Love: The Hollywood Hits 1999 BMG Heritage / RCA 2:13
Movies 1999 RCA / BMG International 2:16
Love Songs [BMG International] 1999 BMG 2:17
A Canadian Tribute 2000 RCA 2:13
Legendary [BMG] 2000 BMG International 2:16
The 50 Greatest Hits 2000 RCA 2:14
Swedish Hit Collection 2001 BMG International 2:13
No Image 2001 RCA 2:13
The Best of Elvis Presley [RCA] 2001 RCA 2:12
The 50 Greatest Love Songs 2001 RCA 2:13
No Image 2001 Collectables
Today, Tomorrow & Forever 2002 RCA 1:47
2nd to None 2003 BMG Heritage / RCA 2:16
Elvis Forever [2004] 2004 RCA
Hitstory 2005 Sony Music Distribution 2:16
Elvis #1 Singles 2006 RCA / Sony BMG 2:13
The Collection: Elvis Presley/Elvis/Loving You 2006 SMG / Sony BMG 2:15
Elvis Movies 2006 RCA 2:15
1957 British Hit Parade, Pt. 2: July-December 2007
Various Artists
Acrobat Music
Early Elvis 2007 RCA / Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution 2:14
Dutch Collection 2007 BMG / RCA 2:14
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 2007 Sony Music Distribution 2:13
No Image 2007 Sony Music Distribution 2:13
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 8: 1957 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:14
Greatest Country Hits of 1957 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 0:00
Hit Collection 2008 Sony BMG 2:17
Drug Stores and Soda Pops: 75 Slabs of Teen 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:13
No Image 2009 Legacy / RCA 2:16
Hits of the ‘50s 2010 Jasmine Records 2:14
Elvis at the Movies [AP] 2011 AP
With Love from Elvis: 40 Classic Love Songs 2012 HLI
Legend: Elvis Presley-100 Classic Songs 2012 HLI
No Image 2012 Must Have Records
No Image 2012 Labelle
No Image 2012 Puzzled Records
No Image 2012 Puzzled Records
No Image 2012 Puzzled Records
No Image 2012 Must Have Records
The Movie Soundtracks: 20 Original Albums 2014 RCA 2:16
Elvis Presley: The Searcher [Original Soundtrack] 2018 Legacy / RCA / Sony CMG / Sony Music 0:00
Backline, Vol. 43
Various Artists
Line 2:15
Birthday Celebration: 75th ZYX 2:13
Classic Love Songs [Excalibur]
Various Artists
Excalibur
Don't Be Cruel [Membran] Membran 2:13
Elvis Presley the Ultimate Best of , Vol. 3 Excalibur
Four of a Kind: 200 Classic Songs (From Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry)
Various Artists
HLI
Four of a Kind: 200 Classic Songs (From Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry)
Various Artists
HLI
Four of a Kind: 200 Classic Songs (from Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry)
Various Artists
HLI
No Image Must Have Records
Rock 'n' Roll Slows
Various Artists
Excalibur
Rock 'n' Roll USA, Vol. 1: 1954-1959
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:12
No Image
Various Artists
Nightclub Records 2:17
The Complete Country Collection
Various Artists
Horizon Records 2:13
The Early Beatles Repertoire 1960-61: Beatles Beginnings Nine
Various Artists
Rhythm and Blues 2:16
The Hit Songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, 1952-62
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:14