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Love Me

COVERED BY ELVIS

Love Me
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recording date elvis: Saturday, 1 September 1956; Studio
first release: on audio album elvis (october 1956)
label: rca victor
catalog number: lpm 1382


originally by: Willy And Ruth

recording year: 1954
originally written by: Jerry Leiber;Mike Stoller
catalognumber: 105
label: spark record co.





Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller stand amongst the really important Rock'n'Roll writers, and Elvis recorded a number of their compositions. Apparently they wrote "Love Me" as a country music parody and called it one of the worst songs they'd written. Presumably this was before they had heard Elvis's version!
Spark was Leiber and Stoller's own label, set up probably in late 1953. Its releases spanned just two years, 1954 and 1955, with forty-odd singles (45s and 78s) in that time. Almost all of the recordings were written and produced by Leiber and Stoller. Willy and Ruth's original recording of "Love Me" was released as the duo's second single, on Spark 105, in February 1954, so it is possible that it was made as early as 1953. Leiber and Stoller had discovered Willy and Ruth singing with the gospel quintet the Honey Bears. WIlly was one Willie Headen. Willie enjoyed his own solo career, with about a dozen singles and an LP released on the Dootone label from 1954 until 1960, sometimes using the name Willie Hayden. Ruth, on the other hand, seems to be a complete mystery.


Love Me
performed by:
Willy And Ruth

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Love Me
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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