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Pledging My Love

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(Washington / Robey)

 

Information:
Pledging My Love was written by Ferdinand Washington and Don Robey and originally recorded by Johnny Ace (Duke 136) in late 1954. Ace's single release was a number one rhythm & blues hit and a top twenty (#17) hit on the Best-Selling Singles chart. His record had just been released when he committed suicide by playing Russian Roulette on Christmas Eve 1954. Other releases through the years include those by Teresa Brewer (Coral 61362) in 1955, Roy Hamilton (Epic 9294) in 1958, Johnny Tillotson (Cadence 1377) in 1960, Laura and Johnny (Silver Fox 1) in 1969, and Kitty Wells (Decca 32840) in 1971.

 

Elvis recorded Pledging My Love at Graceland on the night of October 29-30, 1976. The instrumental track and overdubbing were done at Creative Workshop in Nashville on January 22 or 23, 1977. Paired with Way Down, Pledging My Love displaced Charlie Rich's Rolling with the Flow at number one on the country chart in August 1977. After only one week at the top spot, it was itself replaced by Chrystal Gayle's Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. The total chart stay was 17 weeks.

 

Lyrics:
 

Forever, my darling, our love will be true
Always and forever Ill love only you
Just promise me, darling, your love in return
May this fire in my soul, dear, forever burn
My heart's at your command, dear, to keep, love and to hold
Making you happy's my desire, dear, keeping you is my goal
I'll forever love you for the rest of my days
Ill never part from you or your loving ways
Just promise me, darling, your love in return
May this fire in my soul, dear, forever burn


My heart's at your command, dear, to keep, love and to hold
Making you happy's my desire, dear, loving you is my goal
I'll forever love you for the rest of my days
Ill never part from you or your loving ways
Just promise me, darling, your love in return
May this fire in my soul, dear,
forever burn

 

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Moody Blue 

 

Singles:

- Way Down / Pledging My Love (RCA PB-10998) July 1977. Standard release

- Way Down / Pledging My Love (RCA JB-10998) July 1977. Disc jockey promotional release.

- Way Down / Pledging My Love (RCA GB-11504). May 1979. Gold standard series reissue.

 

LPs/CDs:

- Moody Blue (1977)

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes The Essential 70s Masters (1995) - box set

- Are You Lonesome Tonight (1997)

- Platinum A Life in Music (1997) - box set

- Forever In Love (1997)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)

- The Jungle Room Sessions (2000) - FTD

- From Elvis in Memphis; Promised Land; Moody Blue (2001)

- Elvis R&B (2006)

- Our Memories of Elvis, Volume 1, 2 & 3 (2012) - FTD

- Hits of the 70s (2012) - FTD

Moody Blue (2013) - FTD

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