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Love me tender ( aura lee )

COVERED BY ELVIS

Army Blue - Love Me Tender

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


originally by: The American Quartet

recording date: 25 november 1913
lyrics: aura lee written by: W.W.Fosdick;
music aura lee written by: George Poulton
catalognumber: 17500
label: victor




The song Aura Lea, or Aura Lee, was published and copyrighted in 1861, with words by W.W. Fosdick and music by George Poulton, just as the American Civil War was beginning. Frances Farmer sang "Aura Lea" 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. Furthermore, "Aura Lea" was given new words in 1865 when it became the graduation song of the West Point military academy. This new version of the song was called "Army Blue" and it is still sung at West Point. Although the earliest recording of "Aura Lea" that I can find dates from 1937 (the Shelton Brothers, released on Decca in 1938), "Army Blue" was recorded already on 25 November 1913 by the American Quartet and released on Victor 17500.
"Love Me Tender" provided another set of words to the melody of "Aura Lea," supposedly written by Vera Matson though in fact by her husband, Ken Darby. The song was written for Elvis's first film, "The Reno Brothers," but the title of the film was 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.


Army Blue
performed by:
The American Quartet

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Love Me Tender
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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