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Elvis Presley I Want You I Need You

Date Added: July 07, 2009 09:52:48 PM
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Category: 50`s
The Steve Allen Show 1956 RCA Victor producer Steve Sholes was looking for a strong single to follow up Elvis Presley's colossal hit "Heartbreak Hotel".In April 1956. Due to Elvis Presley's busy touring schedule, Sholes needed to get him into the studio as soon as possible. Elvis arrived at RCA Studios with no ideas for the recording session, and therefore had no choice but to take Sholes' suggestions, one of which was "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You". Elvis, usually a very quick study with a song, couldn't get the lyrics right. After 17 takes, Sholes decided Elvis and the band weren't up for recording and sent them home. After the session, Sholes listened to the takes again. but was not very happy with the results He knew that with Elvis's busy touring schedule, it could be months before RCA Victor got him back into the studio. Sholes was determined to get something out of the session. Performing what was a very rare (and generally unsuccessful) procedure for the 1950s, Sholes took parts of two takes he liked (takes 14 and 17) and cut and spliced them together to come up with a take worthy of release. His cuts were so seamless, nobody at RCA Victor could tell it wasn't from a single take. "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" was released on May 12, 1956. Preorders of over 300,000 were the biggest ever in the history of the label. At the time of its release, Elvis had songs in the Top 20: "My Baby Left Me" "Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One," , and "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You". On June 5, 1956 Elvis performed the song on The Milton Berle Show. On this broadcast, which also included the famous Hound Dog performance, Berle presented a gold record to Elvis, his second, for this song, and it continued climbing the charts. On July 28, 1956 it knocked Gogi Grant's "The Wayward Wind" out of the top spot. "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You"stayed at number one for only a one week.

 

Elvis Presley I Want You I Need You The Steve Allen Show 1956

 


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