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"Wooden Heart"
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Single by Elvis Presley
from the album G.I. Blues
A-side"Blue Christmas" (USA 1964)
B-side"Tonight is All Right for Love" (UK 1961)
Released1961
Format7", 45rpm
RecordedApril 28, 1960
GenreRock and Roll, Pop, World Music
Length2:03
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Kay Twomey, Bert Kaempfert[1]
Producer(s)Steve Sholes[1]
Elvis Presley USA singles chronology
"Ask Me"
(1964)
"Wooden Heart"
(1961)
"Do the Clam"
(1965)
Elvis Presley UK singles chronology
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
(1960)
"Wooden Heart"
(1961)
"Surrender"
(1961)
Music video
"Wooden Heart" (audio) on YouTube

"Wooden Heart" ("Muss i denn" lit. Must I then) is a song recorded by Elvis Presley and featured in the 1960 Elvis Presley film G.I. Blues. The song was a hit single for Presley in the UK Singles Chart, reaching No. 1 for six weeks in March and April 1961.[1][2]

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Contents

Background

The song was released as a single in the United States in November 1964, where it was the B-side to "Blue Christmas". Presley performed the song live during his Dinner Show concert at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas in 1975, a recording available on the Elvis Presley live album Dinner At Eight.

The song was published by Elvis Presley's company Gladys Music, Inc.

A cover version by Joe Dowell on the Smash Records label made it to number one in the US at the end of August 1961, knocking Bobby Lewis' "Tossin' and Turnin'" off the number-one spot of the Billboard Hot 100 after seven weeks. Dowell's version also spent three weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart.[3]

"Wooden Heart", created by Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Kay Twomey and German bandleader Bert Kaempfert,[1] was based on a German folk song by Friedrich Silcher, "Muss i denn", originating from the Rems Valley in Württemberg, southwest Germany. "Wooden Heart" features several lines from the original folk song, written in the German Swabian dialect, as spoken in Württemberg. Marlene Dietrich recorded a version of the song sometime before 1958, pre-dating Presley, in the original German language, which appears as a B-side on a 1959 version of her single "Lili Marlene", released by Philips in association with Columbia Records.[4] The Elvis Presley version was published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley's publishing company. Bobby Vinton recorded his version in 1975 with those lines translated into Polish.

The Elvis Presley version featured two parts in German, the first one is the first four lines of "Muss i' denn zum Städtele hinaus", whereas the second part appears towards the end and is based on a translation of the English version (therefore not appearing in the original German folk lyrics). This part being Sei mir gut, sei mir gut, sei mir wie du wirklich sollst, wie du wirklich sollst... ("Be good to me, be good to me, be to me how you really should, how you really should...").

Editions

  • (US) "Blue Christmas" b/w "Wooden Heart" Released: November 1964, RCA 447-0720

Covers

References

  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 56. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 122–3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 82.
  4. ^ ""Lili Marlene" Philips issue". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  5. ^ Wooden Heart. Elvis Presley. Who Sampled.com.
  6. ^ Stuart Sutcliffe. The Beatles Bible.
  7. ^ Wooden Heart. Second Hand Songs.

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