The King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley had his second top country song in 1956. But such success of “I Want You, I Need You, I Love” really came as a surprise. The recording of Presley’s seventh single for RCA Victor label was a huge mess. And label producer Steve Sholes was so upset about it. But before throwing everything away, Sholes took some parts of the 17 takes Presley and his band had and checked what he can do. Accordingly, he took out those takes that he liked and turned them into something worthy. After the re-working, Sholes was able to come up with a new, seamless cut. Nobody has ever expected that this record would reach the top of the country chart.
About the Song and Its Recording
Songwriters Maurice Mysels and Ira Kosloff penned the song “I Want You, I Need You, I Love.” It was recorded in April 1956 by Presley as a follow-up to his massive hit, “Heartbreak Hotel.” An unexpected engine trouble encountered by Presley and his band while would become a culprit to a ruined recording. Upon their arrival in Nashville, the group was all unsettled. Adding to this was Presley’s lack of ideas as to what the recording session’s itinerary will be. His last resort was to take Sholes’ suggestions. One of his suggested songs was “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.”
Due to the stressful encounter that they had the previous night, Presley and his band’s recording session didn’t turn well. Feeling restless, the“Love Me Tender“ singer couldn’t get the lyrics right after how many takes. Unable to record properly, the band was sent home by Sholes and couldn’t help but feel bad. He was smart enough though to create something valuable out of the unsuccessful recordings.
Apart from topping the Hot Country Songs chart, the song also peaked at No.3 on Billboard Hot 100. Moreover, it had over 300,000 pre-orders, the biggest in the company’s history so far.
Listen to Elvis Presley’s “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” below.
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