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I want you, I need you, I love you- Elvis Presley

“I want you, I need you, I love you” is a song written by Marucie Mysels and Ira Kosloff, produced by Steve Sholes. It was Evlis Presley’s seventh single that was released on RCA Victor Label on May 1956. At the time of the release of the song, Elvis had three songs that were on the Top 20: “Heartbreak Hotel/ I was the one,” “My Baby Left me” and “I want you, I need you, I love you.” On June 5, 1956 Elvis preformed the song live on the Miltoon Berle show, along with an early version of his song “Hound Dog”. The song created both an overwhelmingly liking to the audience but it also created an outrage as well. But, besides the controversy of the song, the single was taken well and it reached number 3 on the billboard top 100 popular music singles chart and number 1 on the country music chart. The song influenced Meat Loafs song “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” Even though this song is not one of Elvis known song, it is still a beautiful song about loving someone.

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