Too Much (Elvis Presley song)

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"Too Much"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "Playing for Keeps"
Released January 4, 1957
Format 45", 78"
Recorded September 2, 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock and roll, rhythm and blues
Length 2:33
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Lee Rosenberg, Bernard Weinman
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Love Me Tender"
"Too Much" / "Playing for Keeps"
"All Shook Up"

"Love Me Tender"
"Too Much" /
"Playing for Keeps"
"All Shook Up"
Music video
"Too Much" (audio) on YouTube

"Too Much" is a #1 song recorded in a hit version by Elvis Presley and published by Elvis Presley Music in 1956. It was written by Bernard Weinman and Lee Rosenberg.[1][2][3][4][5] It was first recorded in 1954 by Bernard Hardison on Republic Records. Elvis Presley recorded the song in September 1956 and first performed it on January 6, 1957 on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Released as a single, Presley's "Too Much" reached number one on both the Cashbox and Billboard sales charts and went to number three on the R&B chart.[6] The single peaked at number two on the then-named Top 100 chart, the main Billboard pop chart.[7][8]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (1957) Peak
US Billboard Top 100 2
US Billboard Best Sellers in Stores 1
US Billboard Most Played by Jockeys 2
US Billboard Most Played in Jukeboxes 1
US Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 3


  1. ^ Martin Hawkins (November 2006). A shot in the dark: making records in Nashville, 1945-1955. Vanderbilt University Press & Country Music Foundation Press. 
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (2 February 1957). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 55–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ Patrick Humphries (2 March 2003). Elvis The #1 Hits: The Secret History of the Classics. Andrews McMeel Publishing. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-0-7407-3803-6. 
  4. ^ Randy Poe (1 January 2012). Stalking the Red Headed Stranger. Hal Leonard. pp. 230–. ISBN 978-1-4584-7151-2. 
  5. ^ Fred Bronson (1985). The Billboard book of number one hits. Billboard Publications. ISBN 978-0-8230-7522-5. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 467. 
  7. ^ Ken Burke, Dan Griffin - The Blue Moon Boys - 2006 - Page 97 "One notable exception was the song “Too Much.” Built around a teen catchphrase (“Aw, man, that's too much!”), it wasn't much of a tune, but Presley attacked it with the same obsessive dedication he applied to everything in those days."
  8. ^ Susan Doll Understanding Elvis: Southern Roots Vs. Star Image - 1998- Page 67 "One song, "Too Much," was not released until January 1957."

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