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Surrender

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(Pomus / Schuman)

 

Information:

Surrender was a contemporary version of the Italian ballad Torna a Sorrento (Come Back to Sorrento), which was written in 1911 by G.D. de Curtis and Ernesto de Curtis). Come Back to Sorrento has been recorded numerous times over the years. Both Toni Arden (Columbia 39348) in 1951 and Dean Martin (Capitol 2140) in 1952 recorded the song.

 

In 1960 Doc Pomus and Mort Schuman added new English words to the melody and titled the song Surrender. Elvis recorded Surrender on October 30, 1960, at RCA's Nashville studios. It was recorded between the gospel songs He Knows Just What I Need and Mansion Over the Hilltop. RCA chose take #4 for release. Surrender entered the Hot 100 chart at #24. In five weeks it replaced Pony Time by Chubby Checker at number one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. At a running time of one minute, 51 seconds, Surrender was one of the shortest number one records in history. (The shortest was Stay by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs at 1:36). After two weeks at the top spot, Surrender spent a total of 12 weeks on the chart. In England, it was number one for four weeks. Sales of over five million copies have been claimed.

 

Lyrics:


When we kiss my heart's on fire

Burning with a strange desire
And I know each time I kiss you
That your heart's on fire, too

So, my darling, please surrender
All your love so warm and tender
Let me hold you in my arms, dear
While the moon shines bright above

All the stars will tell the story
Of our love and all its glory
Let us take this night of magic
And make it a night of love

Won't you please surrender to me
Your lips, your arms, your heart, dear
Be mine forever
Be mine tonight


Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on single »

 

Singles:

- Surrender / Lonely Man (RCA 47-7850) February 1961. Standard release »

- Surrender / Lonely Man (RCA 61-7850) February 1961. “Living Stereo” release »

- Surrender / Lonely Man (RCA 37-7850) February 1961. Compact 33 single – the first released by RCA.

- Surrender / Lonely Man (RCA 68-7850) February 1961. “Living Stereo” Compact 33 single – the only one by Elvis released by RCA.

- Surrender / Lonely Man (RCA 447-0630) February 1962. Gold standard series reissue.

- It's Now or Never / Surrender (RCA PN-13889) October 1984. One of six singles in the boxed set Elvis' Greatest Hits - Golden Singles, Volume 1. The record was pressed on gold vinyl with a special gold "50th" anniversary label.

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis Golden Records, Volume 3 (1963) »

- Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1 (1970) »

- Elvis (1973) »

– Elvis - A Legendary Performer, Volume 3 (1976) »

- Elvis - A Collectors Edition (1976) »

- The Elvis Presley Story (1977) »

- Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Parts 3 & 4 (1978) »

- Elvis Commemorative Album (1978) »

- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »

– Elvis Love Songs (1981) - K-Tel »

- The Collection, Volume 3 (1986)

- The Number One Hits (1987)

- The Top Ten Hits (1987)

- Collectors Gold (1991)

- From Nashville to Memphis – The Essential 60’s Masters (1993)

- Gold – The Very Best of the King (1995)

- All Time Greatest Hits (1997)

- Always Elvis – The Dutch Album (1997)

- Are You Lonesome Tonight (1997)

- Love Songs (1998)

- Artist of the Century (1999)

- All the Best (1999)

- Elvis Chante Mort Shuman & Doc Pomus (2000)

- Elvis Lovin’ – Millennium Masters (2000)

- Essential Elvis, Volume 6 – Such a Night (2000)

- The 50 Greatest Hits (2000)

- Legendary Elvis Presley (2000)

- 50 Years 50 Hits (2001)

- The 50 Greatest Love Songs (2001)

- Elvis 60’s (2001)

- Elvis 30#1 Hits (2002)

- Fame and Fortune (2002) - FTD »

- Close Up (2003) – box set

- Elvis 30#1 Hits – Deluxe 2 CD Edition (2003)

- Elvis Forever – Limited Edition (2004)

- Hitstory (2005)

- Love, Elvis (2005)

- Love, Elvis – UK Edition (2005)

- His Hand in Mine (2006) - FTD »

- Elvis – The King (2007)

- Elvis Golden Records, Volume 3 – 2007 Reissue (2007)

– Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3 (2015) - FTD »

 

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