Love Me Tender
Love Me Tender is a song sung by Elvis Presley. Ken Darby adapted from a sentimental tune from the 19th century, called Aura Lee, a perennial favorite of college singing groups. On September 9. 1956 Presley sang it on The Ed Sullivan Show. Advance sales topped 1,000,000, making it a gold record even before its official release.
In the early days of the Beatles the group covered this ballad, due to its popularity among teenage girls. The song disappeared from the repertoire before the Beatles signed with EMI (Parlophone) in mid-1962. During the Hamburg residencies (1960-62) the Beatles regularly sang this Elvis original. Founding Beatle member and bass player Stu Sutcliffe usually sang Love Me Tender.
Reportedly he drew more applause from the crowd than for any other song sung by the group. This situation peeved both John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who considered the lyrics and the melody to be simple and sappy. After Sutcliffe left The Beatles to pursue his art studies and live with his German girlfriend, the group seldom returned to the tune. No recording was made of the Beatles singing this song.