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Love me tender ( aura lee )


Aura Lee - Love Me Tender

recording date: 17 february 1937
originally by: Shelton Brothers

lyrics: aura lee written by: W.W.Fosdick;
music aura lee written by: George Poulton
catalognumber: 5533
label: decca

Song: Love Me Tender
Written by: Ken Darby, Elvis Presley

Lyrics And Music

recording date elvis: Friday, 24 August 1956; Studio
first release: on audio single love me tender (september 1956)
label: rca victor
catalog number: 47 6643

The song Aura Lee, or Aura Lea, was published and copyrighted in 1861, with words by W.W. Fosdick and music by George Poulson, just as the American Civil War was beginning. It had been recorded as a song on numerous occasions before Elvis sang it with new words, supposedly by Vera Matson though in fact by her husband, Ken Darby, for his first film, "The Reno Brothers"—the title of the film was then changed to cash in on the popularity of Elvis's rendition. The film was set at the end of the American Civil War, so the period was right for the tune, even if the other songs in the film seemed out of place. Frances Farmer sang "Aura Lee" in the 1936 film "Come and Get It" and this is often cited as the original version. However, I have been unable to find a record release of her number. Therefore I give pride of place to the 1937 recording of "Aura Lee," made by Bob and Joe Shelton on 17 February 1937 and released on the Decca label in 1938. The Shelton brothers were early country performers, who remained active from the early 1930s up to the 1960s.

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