RCA 47 6540 Black Label Dog On Top
The label has Elvis Presley on one line, Scotty and Bill on another. Release number at bottom of the label
Side A. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Side B. My Baby Left Me
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart on May 16th 1956 at the number 3 position, it remained on this chart for twenty four weeks. The Country chart had I Want You, I Need You, I Love You at number 1 on May 23rd, it remained on the Country chart for twenty weeks. On June 6th this song was number 10 on the Rhythm & Blues chart where it remained for eleven weeks.My Baby Left Me entered the Hot 100 chart at number 3 on May 16th, it entered the Country chart on May 23rd at the number 1 slot and stayed on the chart for twenty weeks, with I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.
July 1956 was the release date for this single on the His Master's Voice label, catalogue No. 7m 424 with a purple label with gold or silver lettering, it reached number 14 on the UK chart
On the way to this session after a show in Amarillo, the chartered flight almost didn't make it, the pilot got lost in the dark after takeoff, landed, had trouble with the fuel tank, landed again, and after a couple more mishaps left Elvis and the band in Nashville, safe but in a state of near panic. Elvis arrived at the session on April 14th with no new ideas, so he had to go with what Steve Sholes had brought, he suggested "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You", a ballad with a beat, but for whatever reason the band couldn't get it right, and made little progress take after take, the musicians were the same as the January sessions although Marvin Hughes had replaced Floyd Cramer on piano, they went through 17 takes using takes 14 & 17 as the master.
The flipside "My Baby Left Me", is very close to the Sun session releases, Sholes had stuck with what had worked in the past, but with having no idea what to do with Elvis, i suppose it wasn't a bad strategy, the only difference in RCA sessions was the drums and piano being added, this track was written by Arthur Crudup and has the same feel as "That's All Right", the band jump right into the track and after 9 takes they had the master.
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Recorded April 14th 1956, RCA Studios, Nashville
My Baby Left Me - Recorded January 30th 1956, RCA Studio 1, New York
RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
RCA Studios, New York City
Elvis Presley - Vocals, Guitar
Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins - Guitar
Bill Black - Bass
D.J. Fontana - Drums
Marvin Hughes, Shorty Long - Piano
Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer,
Brock Speer - Vocals
US - May 1956
UK - July 1956
US - 3
UK - 14