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Forget me never

COVERED BY ELVIS

Lorena - Forget Me Never


recording date elvis: Monday 7 november ( 1960 ) ;
first release: audio album elvis for everyone ! ( 19 july,1965 )
label: rca victor
catalog number: lsp 3450

originally by: Metropolitan Quartet


recording year: 1914
originally written by: wise;weisman
catalognumber: 2400
label: Edison Blue Amberol
comments: cylinder


comments: The song is based on a Civil War tune (Sweet) Lorena with re-written lyrics; the original version is recorded on 07-04-11 by Frank Coombs (Columbia A5291).



This is speculation, but it seems extremely likely that when Ben Weisman wrote the music for "Forget Me Never," he was in some way influenced by the old pre-US Civil War song, "Lorena" (also known as "Sweet Lorena"). The melody is uncannily similar, if not to say the same. Indeed, Fred Wise's lyrics in many ways reflect the feelings of "Lorena," too.
"Lorena" was written by Reverend Henry Webster in 1856, with music provided by Joseph Webster (no relation). Written originally as a poem directed at his long-lost love, her name was changed in the text to Lorena. Some commentators link this to the Lenore of Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven," but it is more likely to be the Lenore of that same writer's poem "Lenore," which also deals with lost love. The song became extremely popular during the US Civil War, especially among soldiers from the South. "Lorena" was the song recorded by Frank Coombs on 7 April, 1911 and released on Columbia A5291 the following 11 July.
Although recorded in 1960 during the "Wild In The Country" sessions, "Forget Me Never" was not released until four years later, when it became part of the "Elvis For Everyone" LP.



Forget Me Never
performed by:
Metropolitan Quartet

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Forget Me Never
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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