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AURA LEE

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(William Fosdick/George Poulton)
(o):Frances Farmer (1936)label: United Artists
 In Howard Hawks/William Wyler film Come And Get It. Originally a Civil War era folk ballad (1861). Sometimes referred to as Aura Lea. In 1865 it was adopted as class song by West Point graduates as Army Blue. Was also used in James Dean film East Of Eden ('54), again pre Elvis.
(c):Shelton Brothers & The Sunshine Boys (1938) [Bob & Joe Shelton also cut Just Because (see there), also picked up by Elvis], Elvis Presley (1956) [as Love Me Tender N°1 US; new lyrics by Vera Matson], Jérolas (1956) [as L'amour et moi; band from Quebec], Serge Simple (1957) [as l'Amour qui m'enchaine à toi], George Hamilton IV (1958) , Connie Francis (1961) , Duane Eddy (1962) [as Love Me Tender], Richard Chamberlain (1963) [idem], Johnny Hallyday (1967) [as Amour d'été; n°1 Fr], Percy Sledge (1967) , Amen Corner (1968) , Linda Ronstadt (1978) , Will Tura (1981) [as Hou Van Mij Met Heel Je Hart], B.B. King (1982) , Paul Haig (1982) , Mental As Anything (1987) , Link Wray (1989) , Cumberland Three (1991) [feat. John Stewart; on a concept cd with Civil War songs], John Hartford (1991) [as Aura Lea on Song Of The Civil War], Amy Grant (1992) [in film Honeymoon In Vegas], Helmut Lotti (2002) [most as Love Me Tender], Ronnie Van Bemmel (2009) [as Tranen Door De Wind Gedroogd], Jan Rot (2011) [as Geef Me Liefde], Andrea Bocelli (2013) [as Love Me Tender], Petula Clark (2013) [idem],
 
Elvis sang it in his first film, originally titled The Reno Brothers, but following his hit recording, Love Me Tender became the obvious new title. The film action is set against a Civil War background, the era of Aura Lee.
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