Elvis had originally recorded “Ask Me” for the evanescent 1963 album. It was, once again, based on the kind of classic Italian melody to which Elvis was always drawn, but as with Chuck Berry’s “Memphis,” which he had recorded at the same session, he felt he could do better. He went back into the studio in January primarily to re-record those two songs, and his faith in “Ask Me” was now borne out with sales of 700,000. Its chart position, however, was affected by the surprising success of the B-side, an uptempo blues by Ivory Joe Hunter originally recorded in June of 1958 but held back until now.
Ask MeDomenico Modugno/Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded January 12, 1964 at RCA's Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Grady Martin, Harold Bradley, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone & Vibes: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires.
Ain’t That Loving You BabyClyde Otis/Ivory Joe Hunter. Recorded June 10, 1958 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Vocals: The Jordanaires