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Don’t

Don’t

Released:Jan. 7, 1958

Leiber and Stoller’s throbbing new ballad was the first song they had written expressly for Elvis with no underlying sense of irony. It sold 1.3 million copies, which, even if significantly less than his customary standard, marked a singular success for an unapologetic, non-movie-related “heart song” – and it went to Number One on the charts. The B-side, a more conventional mid-tempo rocker, had been sitting on the shelf since the beginning of the previous year when it had been recorded and re-recorded, but it got its share of airplay as well.

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  • Don’t

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded September 6, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
  • I Beg Of You

    Rosemarie McCoy/Kelly Owens. Recorded February 23, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Vocals: The Jordanaires

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