Loving You (soundtrack)

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Loving You
Loving You soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Released1 July 1957
Recorded12 January - 24 February 1957
GenreRock and roll, rockabilly
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerSteve Sholes
Elvis Presley chronology
Peace in the Valley
Loving You
Elvis' Christmas Album
Singles from Loving You
  1. "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear"
    Released: June 11, 1957
  2. "Party"
    Released: September 1957[1]
  3. "Mean Woman Blues"
    Released: 1957
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
MusicHound4.5/5 stars[3]
Rough Guides4/5 stars[4]

Loving You is the first soundtrack album by American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. It was released by RCA Victor Records in mono, LPM 1515, in July 1957 to accompany his first starring film, Loving You (1957). Recording sessions took place on January 15, 16, 17, and 18, 1957, at the Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage, and on January 12, 13, 19, and February 23 and 24, 1957, at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.[5] These are the first sessions where Steve Sholes is officially listed as producer. It spent ten weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold on April 9, 1968 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[6]


The soundtrack includes seven songs composed expressly for the movie Loving You from writers contracted to Elvis Presley Music and Gladys Music, the publishing companies owned by Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.[7] An eighth song intended for but not appearing in the movie, "Don't Leave Me Now", was included on the album, and a new recording would appear on the soundtrack for his next film, Jailhouse Rock.

The previously released material comprises both sides of the single taken from the soundtrack, Presley's number one hit "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" backed with the film's title track, "Loving You".[8] Producer Hal B. Wallis liked "Teddy Bear" so much that he insisted it be included in the movie.[9] Songs were added to bring up the running time of the album, including the swing-era favorite "Blueberry Hill", which had been a big hit for Fats Domino in 1956. "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" had been done previously by the Sons of the Pioneers, as well as Bing Crosby with The Andrews Sisters. Cole Porter's "True Love", written for the 1956 musical film High Society, also made the album, either to feature a straightforward romantic song, or to give Presley and The Jordanaires an excuse for some close harmony singing. The practice of RCA augmenting soundtrack recordings with extra songs from non-soundtrack studio sessions to bring up the running time of the LP to acceptable lengths would become a commonplace occurrence with Presley soundtracks through the 1960s.


RCA reissued the original 12-track album on compact disc in 1988. The album was reissued in an expanded CD edition on April 15, 1997, appending eight tracks to the original album. All tracks derive from the same sessions, with three alternate takes, the remaining track from the Just For You EP, three single sides, including "Tell Me Why", which would wait almost nine years to be released, and a remake of the Sun master "When It Rains, It Really Pours," also released much later on the 1965 LP Elvis for Everyone. On January 11, 2005, Sony BMG reissued the album again, remastered using DSD technology with the six bonus tracks appended in standard fashion. A two-disc set was released on the Follow That Dream collectors label on January 12, 2006, with the bonus tracks and numerous additional takes.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Chart positions for singles taken from the Billboard Pop Singles chart; for albums from the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; for EPA 4041 from the newly inaugurated 1957 EP chart

Side one (songs from the film Loving You)
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Mean Woman Blues"Claude DemetriusJanuary 13, 19572:15
2."(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear"Kal Mann and Bernie LoweJanuary 24, 19571:48
3."Loving You"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerFebruary 24, 19572:12
4."Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do"Aaron Schroeder and Ben WeismanJanuary 12, 19572:31
5."Lonesome Cowboy"Sid Tepper and Roy C. BennettJanuary 15, 19573:07
6."Hot Dog"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerJanuary 18, 19571:17
7."Party"Jessie Mae RobinsonJanuary 22, 19571:27
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Blueberry Hill"Vincent Rose, Al Lewis, Larry StockJanuary 19, 19572:38
2."True Love"Cole PorterFebruary 23, 19572:07
3."Don't Leave Me Now"Aaron Schroeder and Ben WeismanFebruary 23, 19572:00
4."Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?"Johnny Russell and Scott WisemanJanuary 19, 19572:30
5."I Need You So"Ivory Joe HunterFebruary 23, 19572:40

"Teddy Bear" and "Loving You" were released as a single and charted at, respectively, number one and number twenty on Billboard's Top 20 charts.[10]

1997 and 2005 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

Loving You was issued on CD with the originally album's 12 songs plus the following bonus tracks:

No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
13."Tell Me Why" (originally released as a single, 47-8740, December 3, 1965, #33)Titus TurnerJanuary 12, 19572:05
14."Is It So Strange" (originally released on the Just For You EP, EPA 4041, April 1, 1957, #16)Faron YoungJanuary 19, 19572:28
15."One Night (of sin)" (alternated version of single release, 47-7410, October 21, 1958, #4)Dave Bartholomew, Pearl KingJanuary 24, 19572:29
16."When It Rains, It Really Pours" (originally released on the Elvis for Everyone, LSP 3450, August 10, 1965, #10)William EmersonFebruary 24, 19571:47
17."I Beg of You" (alternate master take 12)Rose Marie McCoy and Cliff OwensJanuary 13, 19571:50
18."Party" (alternate master take 7)Jessie Mae RobinsonJanuary 22, 19571:07
19."Loving You" (uptempo version alternate take 13)Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerFebruary 14, 19571:25
20."Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do" (finale)Aaron Schroeder and Ben WeismanJanuary 12, 19571:20

2006 Follow That Dream release[edit]

Disc 1
Original album
1."Mean Woman Blues"2:19
2."(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear"1:49
3."Loving You"2:15
4."Got A Lot O´ Livin´ To Do!"2:32
5."Lonesome Cowboy"3:06
6."Hot Dog"1:16
8."Blueberry Hill"2:40
9."True Love"2:07
10."Don´t Leave Me Now"2:00
11."Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"2:32
12."I Need You So"2:39
New bonus masters
13."One Night"2:32
14."I Beg Of You"1:53
15."All Shook Up"2:02
16."That´s When Your Heartaches Begin"3:24
17."Tell Me Why"2:08
18."Is It So Strange"2:29
19."When It Rains, It Really Pours"1:50
20."One Night (of Sin)"2:36
21."I Beg Of You alternate master"1:52
22."Loving You" (J-16 end version*)2:18
23."Party" (A-7 alternate master)1:21
24."Loving You" (K-03 main version*)2:16
25."Loving You" (HX-14 farm version 2*)2:04
26."Got A Lot O´ Livin´ To Do!" (R-13 finale)1:31
27."Mean Woman Blues" (BX-07 version 2*)2:34
28."Loving You" (KX-21 main version 2)1:33
29."Loving You" (HZ 12 farm version 3)2:05
30."Blueberry Hill" (from acetate)3:12
31."Got A Lot O´ Livin´ To Do!" (D-17 main version [from acetate]*)1:55
*previously unreleased
Disc 2

The February 14 Session
1-12. "Loving You" (HZ all mono farm version takes)
13-34. "Loving You" (KX all mono main version takes)
35-50. "Loving You" (KX take 1-15 binaural main version takes)



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart Year Peak
UK Albums Chart[12] 1957 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires - Party". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  2. ^ AllMusic review.
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 891. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Simpson, Paul (2004). The Rough Guide to Elvis. London: Rough Guides. p. 111. ISBN 1-84353-417-7.
  5. ^ "Keith Flynn's Elvis Presley Pages". RIAA. 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "Searchable datebase". RIAA. 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. Note: Enter search for "Presley, Elvis" and go to page 36
  7. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; pp. 78-80.
  8. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 411.
  9. ^ Guralnick, Peter. The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters. RCA 66050-2, 1992, liner notes p. 34.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 20: Pop singles". Elvis Presley: Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 2013. Archived from the original on July 19, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Elvis Presley – Loving You". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  12. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Elvis Presley - Lovin' You". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 May 2011.

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