Saturday, May 04, 2024

Record #0686: Loving You / (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – ELVIS PRESLEY


RCA PB-11109 (reissue) USA, October 1977

Words & Music by:  Side AJerry Leiber, Mike Stoller; Side BKal Mann, Bernie Lowe
Musicians: Elvis Presley (vocals, rhythm guitar on side A, percussion on side B), Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Bill Black (upright bass), D.J. Fontana (drums), Dudley Brooks (piano), The Jordanaires (backing vocals), Hilmer J. Timbrell (rhythm guitar on side B)
Recording sessions: Side A - Produced by Steve Sholes at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, Feb. 24, 1957; Side B - Produced by Walter Scharf at Paramount Scoring Stage, Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 16, 1957
Highest chart positions:  No info on the reissue. The original release did well; Side A - US #20, US Country #15, UK #24; Side B - US #1, US Country #1, US R&B #1, UK #3

This is one of the many reissues that were released soon after Elvis’ death in 1977.

Both tracks are from his 1957 movie and album "Loving You". The original single came out about 3 weeks before the album did. The movie was released on July 9, 1957.

Elvis played the belly of his guitar as a percussion on "Teddy Bear". He did the same also in the movie scene, which is about in the middle of the movie. The scene where he performs "Loving You" is about five minutes before the end.

"Teddy Bear" required 13 takes and "Loving You" was nailed on the 4th take in the studio.

List price:  Not found in the catalog (it ends in PB-10601). This is available in various places for $10-$20.

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