About the song
If you are a fan of Elvis Presley, you probably know his song “I Need You So”. But do you know the history behind this romantic ballad? In this blog post, we will explore the origins and the impact of this song on Elvis’ career and legacy.
“I Need You So” was written and performed by Ivory Joe Hunter, a Texas-born singer-songwriter who was known as the “Baron of the Boogie”. His original recording of it reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1950, staying there for two weeks.
Elvis Presley was a fan of Hunter’s music and covered several of his songs, including “I Need You So”. He recorded his version for his 1957 album, Loving You, which was also the soundtrack of his second movie. The song was arranged by Elvis’ longtime collaborator, Gordon Stoker, who also sang backup vocals with the Jordanaires.
The song showcases Elvis’ tender and expressive voice, as he sings about his longing for his lover. It also features a gentle guitar solo by Scotty Moore, one of Elvis’ original band members. The song was well received by the critics and the fans, and became one of Elvis’ most popular love songs.
“I Need You So” has been covered by other artists over the years, such as Chuck Jackson and Maxine Brown in 1965, Tom Jones in 1967, and Linda Ronstadt in 1978. However, none of them could match the charm and the emotion of Elvis’ rendition.
“I Need You So” is a song that reflects Elvis’ musical influences and his ability to make any song his own. It is a song that speaks to the heart and soul of anyone who has ever felt the power of love. It is a song that proves why Elvis Presley is still the King of Rock and Roll.