Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (Live)

Today is the day for celebrating rock and roll!  How about going back to a great moment in the evolution of popular music?  Two legends share the stage:  Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra sing Love Me Tender and Witchcraft.

This 1960 performance represents a musical transition.  Earlier, Sinatra had openly disapproved of Elvis, calling “his kind” of music “deplorable”.  Sinatra wasn’t alone in his distaste, of course.  Elvis pointed out that Sinatra had faced similar criticism earlier in his own career.  Elvis explained that rock and roll was a trend, like any other.  It seems that even he didn’t realize the impact he was having on music.

Luckily for us, they managed to put aside their differences to perform a series of duets.

Original lyrics and credits for Love Me Tender, below.  Enjoy!

Love me tender
Love me sweet
Never let me go
You have made my life complete
And I love you so

Love me tender
Love me true
All my dreams fulfilled
For my darling I love you
And I always will

Love me tender
Love me long
Take me to your heart
For it’s there that I belong
And we’ll never part

Love me tender
Love me dear
Tell me you are mine
I’ll be yours through all the years
‘Til the end of time

When at last my dreams come true
Darling this I know
Happiness will follow you
Everywhere you go

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[“Love Me Tender,” by Elvis Presley.  Written by:  George R. Poulton (“Aura Lea,” 1861); Ken Darby; Elvis Presley.  Original release:  Any Way You Want Me/Love Me Tender, 1956.]

 

Video posted to youtube by user John1948 FourB2

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (Live)

    1. Hi Andrew! I’m so glad you like this one. I was delighted to find it. Their talent is wonderful to watch and shines through even in this lower-grade recording. The moment captured a remarkable shift in music. I’m wondering…how were they convinced to perform together?

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