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May 24, 2022

Loving You (Single/EP/LP - 1957, RCA)

Loving You
RCA Victor [LPM 1515]
Number of tracks:
Running time:
Type of album:
Studio / Soundtrack
Linked to:
Official discography; Loving You, 1957
January 12 - February 24, 1957
June 20, 1957
Teddy Bear / Loving You (June 11, 1957)

Loving You 
is the first soundtrack LP by Elvis, who had released the songs from his first film, Love Me Tender, as an EP only. The record spent ten weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Pop Albums and was certified Gold by the RIAA on April 9, 1968.

The soundtrack includes seven songs composed by writers hired by Elvis Presley Music and Gladys Music expressly for the movie "Loving You". An eighth song, "Don't Leave Me Now", intended for production but unused, was included on the album, with a new recording appearing on the soundtrack to his upcoming film, "Jailhouse Rock".

Previously available material comprises both sides of a single released on June 11, 1957 that contained Presley's number-one hit "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" and the film's title track on the B-side. Producer Hal B. Wallis liked "Teddy Bear" so much that he insisted that it be included in the film.

Songs were added to increase the length of the album, including Swing-era favorite "Blueberry Hill", which had been a big hit for Fats Domino in 1956, "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" from the group Sons of the Pioneers, and Cole Porter's "True Love", which served as an excuse to use The Jordanaires' backing vocals and present a genuinely romantic song.

RCA's practice of supplementing soundtrack discs with extra songs to give the works acceptable lengths would become a common occurrence during the 1960s.

As the single's reception had been satisfactory above expectations, RCA did not miss the opportunity to earn as much money as possible with the track. In addition to the LP, two EPs (Loving You, Volume 1 and Loving You, Volume 2) were also released on June 20, 1957, which featured four songs from the film each. A third EP (Just For You) was sold starting August 21, 1957 and contained three more extra songs from the LP. "Don't Leave Me Now" was not added this time, being replaced by "Is It So Strange", recorded in the same sessions as the soundtrack.

RCA re-released the original album with 12 tracks on CD in 1988. An expanded edition reached the public on April 15, 1997 with eight extra tracks derived from the same sessions, including "Tell Me Why", which would wait nearly nine years for release, 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 remastered album and the following year FTD released their double CD version of the album.


January 12 - February 24, 1957

Radio Recorders Studio 1
Paramount Sound Stage

Hollywood, California

Voice: Elvis Presley
Guitar: Elvis Presley
Electric guitar: Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Hilmer J. Timbrell
Bass: Bill Black
Drums: D. J. Fontana
Piano: Gordon Stoker, Hoyt Hawkins, Elvis Presley, Dudley Brooks
Harmonica: George Fields
Backing Vocals: The Jordanaires

Sound engineer / Rcording engineer:
Thorne Nogar

JANUARY 12, 1957
                                       I Believe H2WB 0253-09
                                       Tell Me Why H2WB 0254-05
                                       Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Record Version) H2WB 0255-09
                                       All Shook Up H2WB 0256-10

JANUARY 13, 1957
                                     Mean Woman Blues (Record Version) H2WB 0257-14
                                     (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) H2WB 0258-09
                                     I Beg Of You (Alternate Master) H2WB 0259-12
                                     That's When Your Heartaches Begin H2WB 0260-SP
                                     Take My Hand, Precious Lord H2WB 0261-14

JANUARY 15, 1957
                                     Party (Alternate Master - Movie Version) - SPA5 2868-07
                                     Mean Woman Blues (Unused Version)
                                     Lonesome Cowboy H2WB 2194-SP

JANUARY 16, 1957
                                     Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Opening - Alternate Master) HRA1 8674-17
                                     Detour (Instrumental)
                                     (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear H2WB 2193-13
                                     Peter Cottontail (Instrumental)
                                     One Night Of Sin NPA5 5820-NA

JANUARY 17, 1957
                                     Loving You (Farm Version 1) (Not Used)
                                     Loving You (End Version) (Not Used)
                                     Loving You (Main Version 1)
                                     Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Alternate Intro Version) (Not Used)
                                     Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Movie Version Composite)
                                     Dancing On a Dare (Dolores Hart?)
                                     Detour (Dolores Hart?)

JANUARY 18, 1957
                                     Hot Dog - H2WB 2196-17
                                     Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Finale) WPA5 2587-13
                                     Blueberry Hill (Tryout)

JANUARY 21, 1957
                                     Party H2WB 2195-11
                                     Mean Woman Blues (Alternate Intro Version)
                                     Mean Woman Blues (Movie Version Composite) SPA5 2870-SP
                                     Detour (Instrumental - End Version)

JANUARY 22, 1957
                                     Loving You (Farm Version 2) (Not Used)

FEBRUARY 14, 1957
                                      Loving You (Farm Version 3 / Slow Version) - WPA5 2538-12
                                      Loving You (Main Version 2 / Fast Version) - WPA5 2539-21

FEBRUARY 15, 1957
                                      Loving You (Road Medley)

FEBRUARY 23, 1957
                                      Don't Leave Me Now H2WB 0414-29
                                      I Beg Of You H2WB 0259-34
                                      One Night H2WB 0415-10
                                      True Love H2WB 0416-20
                                      I Need You So H2WB 0417-08

FEBRUARY 24, 1957
                                       Loving You H2WB 0418-04
                                       When It Rains It Really Pours (New Version) H2WB 0419-08






June 11, 1957

1. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
2. Loving You


June 20, 1957

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


June 20, 1957

1. Loving You
2. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
3. Party
4. True Love


June 20, 1957

1. Lonesome Cowboy
2. Mean Woman Blues
3. Hot Dog
4. Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do!


August 21, 1957

1. I Need You So
2. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
3. Blueberry Hill
4. Is It So Strange



Loving You
FTD [FTD 051] [82876 77057 2]
Double CD
Number of tracks:
Running time:
Type of album:
Studio / Soundtrack
Linked to:
FTD discography; Loving You, 1957
January 12 - February 24, 1957
January 13, 2006

Continuing with the tradition of releasing extended soundtracks with practically all the material from the recording sessions, FTD brought out in January 2006 the double CD of Loving You.

The first CD features the original LP with new bonus Masters. The positive point is that the audio restoration was done by Kevan Budd, which guarantees a perfect sounding disc. These Masters have a warmer, more natural sound than previous releases.

As Ernst Jorgensen noted, it was only recently that he was able to trace an original tape of the 1957 Paramount sessions and they are used here. Not only does this provide a better source, but it also gives us a fabulous new version of "Mean Woman Blues" and an exquisite "Loving You". The first CD contains the tracks:

1. Mean Woman Blues
2. 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 (Version 1 - February 23, 1957)
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 count-in)
16. That's When You Heartaches Begin (Remake - January 13, 1957)
17. Tell Me Why
18. Is it So Strange
19. When it Rains, it Really Pours (Remake - February 24, 1957)
20. One Night (of Sin)
21. I Beg of You (Alternate Master)
22. Loving You (J-16 End Version)*
23. Party (A7 Alternate Master)
24. Loving You (K-3 Main Version)*
25. Loving You (HX-14 Farm Vversion)*
26. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do (R-13 Finale)
27. Mean Woman Blues (BX-7)*
28. Loving You (KX-21)
29. Loving You (HZ-12)
30. Blueberry Hill (Unused Version from Acetate)
31. Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do (D-17 Acetate)
previously unreleased songs

The second CD has 48 takes of "Loving You": 12 of the "Farm HZ" version, 21 of the "Main KX" version and a replay of the first 15 takes of the "Main KX" version in binaural audio.

While most of the important takes have been previously release, the sound has been much improved since the box set "The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters" and it's an interesting journey to hear the music develop throughout the day. It's also great to hear some new outtakes, and once you've selected your favorite takes, just listen to them carefully. The second CD contains the tracks:

1. Loving You (HZ 1) 
2. Loving You (HZ 2)
3. Loving You (HZ 3)
4. Loving You (HZ 4)*
5. Loving You (HZ 5)*
6. Loving You (HZ 6)*
7. Loving You (HZ 7)*
8. Loving You (HZ 8)*
9. Loving You (HZ 9)*
10. Loving You (HZ 10)
11. Loving You (HZ 11)*
12. Loving You (HZ 12)
13. Loving You (KX 1)
14. Loving You (KX 2)*
15. Loving You (KX 3)*
16. Loving You (KX 4)*
17. Loving You (KX 5)
18. Loving You (KX 6)
19. Loving You (KX 7)*
20. Loving You (KX 8)
21. Loving You (KX 9)*
22. Loving You (KX 10)*
23. Loving You (KX 11)*
24. Loving You (KX 12)
25. Loving You (KX 13)
26. Loving You (KX 14)
27. Loving You (KX 15)
28. Loving You (KX 16)*
29. Loving You (KX 17)*
30. Loving You (KX 18)*
31. Loving You (KX 19)*
32. Loving You (KX 20)
33. Loving You (KX 21)
34. Loving You (KX 1)
35. Loving You (KX 2)*
36. Loving You (KX 3)*
37. Loving You (KX 4)*
38. Loving You (KX 5)
39. Loving You (KX 6)
40. Loving You (KX 7)*
41. Loving You (KX 8)
42. Loving You (KX 9)*
43. Loving You (KX 10)*
44. Loving You (KX 11)*
45. Loving You (KX 12)
46. Loving You (KX 13)
47. Loving You (KX 14)
48. Loving You (KX 15)
previously unreleased songs

To close the work, FTD provided a booklet entitled "Off Camera", which documents the film's behind-the-scenes and soundtrack recording sessions in a detailed and informative way. There are never-before-seen photos of extremely good taste that show Elvis reaching the top of his career, memorabilia, posters and covers of releases in other countries and countless information.

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