Don't Leave Me Now
Words & Music by Aaron Schroeder / Ben Weisman
Ben Weisman: 'For my next assignment, I received a script called Jailhouse Rock for a new movie that Hal Wallis was going to produce at Paramount, starring Elvis. I soon found out that other writers under contract to my publisher had received the same script. The competition was fierce!
'After my collaborators and I completed the songs, we submitted them to Freddy Bienstock [now the head of a mega-publishing empire], who was in charge of selecting the ones to be sent to Hollywood, where they would be screened for Elvis. 'There were many songs competing for each scene. Finally I got the call from Freddie saying, 'Good News', Don't Leave Me Now is in!'
January 8, 1957 - Elvis celebrates his twenty-second birthday at home with his parents.
The Memphis Draft Board announces at a press conference that Elvis Presley will be classified 1A, meaning he will most likely be drafted in the next six to eight months.
While at home Elvis stips by to see Dixie Locke, who has recently married.
January 12, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
January 13, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
January 15, 1957 Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, CA
January 16, 1957 Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, CA
January 18, 1957 Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, CA
January 19, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
January 21, 1957 Paramount Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
February 14, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
February 23, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
February 24, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
March is a busy month for Elvis. He finishes the movie 'Loving You'.
On Saturday, March 17, 1957, a day after they returned to Memphis, Elvis' mother and father called real estate agent Virginia Grant to see what she had to offer. Grant wasted no time. That day she showed them two properties, leaving Graceland to last. By 6 p.m. she had accepted a $1,000 deposit from the Presleys and drawn up a provisional sales contract detailing the terms of sale, including an asking price of $90,000.
At 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 22-year-old Elvis, accompanied by his parents, met Grant at Graceland.
Elvis surveyed the property for a few minutes, then baptized the house by playing some Rock & Roll at a piano.
Elvis decides to buy Graceland after seeing it once. Elvis, Vernon and Gladys Presley signed the sales contract on the spot as purchasers, and a closing date was set for Tuesday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m.
(Vernon and Gladys moved in on this date while Elvis was on tour.)
April 30, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
May 3, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
Treat Me Nice (Second Movie Version) H2WB 6778-SP
I Want To Be Free (Composite Record Version) H2WB 6781-SP
Baby I Don't Care (First Vocal Overdub) HRA1 8683-01
Don't Leave Me Now (Elvis' Piano Version) WPA5 2600-02
Don't Leave Me Now(Hit Record Version) HRA1 8684-21
May 8, 1957 MGM Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Baby I Don't Care (Second Vocal Overdub) H2WB 6782-06
May 9, 1957 MGM Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Don't Leave Me Now H2WB 6783-12
August 27, Before boarding an 11 o'clock train at Central Station, Elvis Presley told a small crowd gathered to see him off 'Anita is number one with me – strictly tops,' Elvis beamed, meaning the pert and pretty blond Anita Wood standing beside him. Anita, a WHBQ-TV star, was one of two winners of the Mid-South Star Hunt last Thursday. Elvis and three traveling companions left for the Pacific northwest for personal appearance tour.
About 25 young fans were on hand for his unannounced departure at 11 p.m. As the train lurched forward and Elvis waved, three small girls who had pushed to the front of the crowd began crying. 'I'll Just Die!' One squealed: 'three whole weeks – I can't stand it – I'll just die!' (Elvis will be back in three weeks before going to Tupelo, Miss. for a benefit show).
Elvis arrived at the station with his parents, Anita, and his male friends, George Klein, Cliff Cleaves and Lamar Fike, in the Presleys' black Cadillac. 'Uncle' and Mrs. Travis Smith followed in their car.
Elvis strode into the station with Anita on one arm. When the waiting fans spotted them, Central Station's marble halls echoed with screams and shrieks.
Elvis wore a light blue sport coat and navy blue slacks.
Anita looked chic in a black dress with white lace collar.
Elvis embraced his mother several times and she reminded him to 'Be good, son' as he boarded the train. 'Take care of yourself, boy', said Mr. Presley. Mrs. Presley said she 'worries about Elvis' when he goes on trips.
Elvis kissed Anita twice for photographers (and about five times for himself) before hopping aboard. As the train moved away, Anita burst into tears and Mrs. Presley put her arm around her. The Presley's and Anita walked arm in arm out of the station to the Cadillac again, with Uncle Travis following.
West Coast Tour. Aug. 29 - Sept. 2
30 August. Spokane, WA. Memorial Stadium
31 August. Vancouver, Canada. Empire Stadium
September 5, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
September 6, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
My Wish Came True H2PB 5524-28
White Christmas H2PB 5526-09
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) H2PB 5527-02
Silent Night H2PB 5528-09
Don't H2PB 5529-07
September 7, 1957 Radio Recorders - Hollywood, California
Don't Leave Me Now
Don't leave me now
Now that I need you
How blue and lonely I'd be
If you should say we're through
Don't break my heart
This heart that loves you
They'll just be nothing for me
If you should leave me now
What good is dreamin'
If I must dream all alone by myself
Without you darling
My arms would gather dust
Come to these arms
These arms that need you
Don't close your eyes to my plea
Don't leave me now
Recorded: 1957/02/23, first released on Loving You
From the movie Jailhouse Rock
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Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
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The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.