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(William Fosdick/George Poulton)
(o):American Quartet (1913)label: Victor
 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):Frances Farmer (1936) [as Aura Lea in Howard Hawks/William Wyler film Come And Get It], 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, alias her husband Ken Darby], 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) , Frank Sinatra (1960) [in duet with Elvis], Connie Francis (1961) , Duane Eddy (1962) [as Love Me Tender], Julie Andrews (1962) [idem], Johnny Cash (1962) , Richard Chamberlain (1963) [idem], Pat Boone (1963) [idem], Platters (1965) [idem], Chuck Jackson (1966) [idem], Johnny Hallyday (1967) [as Amour d'été; n°1 Fr], Percy Sledge (1967) , Amen Corner (1968) , Albert King (1970) , Johnny Nash (1970) , Marty Robbins (1970) , Annette Peacock (1972) , Bert Kaempfert (1973) , Mick Ronson (1974) , Linda Ronstadt (1978) , James Brown (1978) , Will Tura (1981) [as Hou Van Mij Met Heel Je Hart], B.B. King (1982) , Paul Haig (1982) , Della Reese (1983) , Willie Nelson (1985) , 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], Mina (1991) , Amy Grant (1992) [in film Honeymoon In Vegas], Tony Bennett (1994) , Helmut Lotti (2002) [most as Love Me Tender], Ronnie Van Bemmel (2009) [as Tranen Door De Wind Gedroogd], Barry Manilow (2010) , Johnny Mathis (2010) , Jan Rot (2011) [as Geef Me Liefde], Andrea Bocelli (2013) [as Love Me Tender], Petula Clark (2013) [idem], Anonymous 4 (2015) ,
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.
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