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“Love Me” Stands Out as Elvis Presley’s Most Emotional Track

Following Elvis Presley’s groundbreaking rendition of Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog,” penned by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Leiber revealed in their 2009 autobiography, “Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography,” that music mogul Jean Aberbach sought another hit from the duo. Thus, they devised a plan: to revisit R&B duo Willy and Ruth’s 1954 track, “Love Me,” which had seen interpretations from artists ranging from Georgia Gibbs to Billy Eckstine.

What many fans may not realize is that the song was initially conceived as “a parody of a corny hillbilly ballad,” conceived as a lighthearted jest by the songwriters. To their surprise, Aberbach embraced the concept, leading to Elvis Presley recording it in 1956.

Although not issued as a single to avoid confusion with his hit “Love Me Tender,” the track found a home on his second album, “Elvis,” and his EP, “Elvis Vol. 1.”

Exploring the song’s essence, it unfolds as an anthem of masochistic love, with the opening verse pleading, “Treat me like a fool / Treat me mean and cruel / But love me.” The protagonist professes a willingness to endure heartache and anguish as long as they receive affection in return.

Presley’s authentic delivery transformed the song’s perception, imbuing it with personal vulnerability. His blues-infused vocals resonated deeply, fostering a profound connection with listeners. Moreover, his adeptness at adjusting the tempo for live performances injected a dynamic energy, enhancing its appeal for audience interaction.

Despite its undeniable impact, “Love Me” remains somewhat overshadowed within Presley’s expansive discography. Yet, its emotive resonance and nuanced delivery warrant a closer examination. Experience the heartfelt rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me” below and discover its enduring allure.

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