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.
Released for the fist time on single
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