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You'll Be Gone

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"You'll Be Gone"
1965 U.S. RCA Victor 45 picture sleeve, 47-8500
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Girl Happy
A-side"Do the Clam"
ReleasedFebruary 9, 1965
Format45 vinyl
RecordedMarch 18, 1962
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Elvis Presley
Red West
Charlie Hodge
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Blue Christmas"
"Do the Clam" / "You'll Be Gone"
"Crying in the Chapel"

"You'll Be Gone" is a song co-written by Elvis Presley and published by Elvis Presley Music and released in 1965 on the Girl Happy soundtrack album and as a 45 single.[1] The song was recorded in 1962 and is significant because it was co-written by Elvis Presley, with his bodyguard Red West and Charlie Hodge.[2] The other song that Elvis Presley composed was "That's Someone You Never Forget" in 1961 with Red West, which was on the Pot Luck LP released in 1962.

The song was recorded on Sunday, March 18, 1962 at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Chart history

"You'll Be Gone" was released as an RCA Victor 45 picture sleeve single on February 9, 1965 as the B side with "Do the Clam", as RCA Victor 47-8500.[3][4] The Jordanaires provided the background vocals. "You'll Be Gone" charted at no. 121 on Billboard. In Canada, "You'll Be Gone" reached no. 16 on the singles chart as a double A side with "Do the Clam" in February, 1965 in a six-week chart run.[5] The A side "Do the Clam" reached no. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and remained on the chart for 8 weeks. The song was also released as a 7" 45 single by RCA (Teldec), 47-9686, in Germany in 1965 backed with "Blue River". The single was also released in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, and Israel. In France, the single was released as a picture sleeve 45 as RCA Victor 49801 in 1971. In Egypt, the single was released by Sono Cairo.

Composition history

Red West recounted that "You'll Be Gone" was written after a suggestion or idea made by Elvis to write new lyrics for Cole Porter's 1935 classic song "Begin the Beguine", from the musical Jubilee: "Elvis recorded 'It's Now Or Never' and he wanted to take another old standard that was a great song and change the lyrics. ... He said 'I like the song "Begin the Beguine". I like the melody but I'd like to put new lyrics on it.'" When Cole Porter denied permission to alter the lyrics, Elvis, West, and Charlie Hodge worked on creating new lyrics and new music for a song that would be entitled "You'll Be Gone". The song was replete with Latin rhythms and classical guitar passages. The beguine had been a dance popular in Martinique and Guadeloupe in the 1930s.

The song was copyrighted on February 4, 1965 and re-registered on March 10.[6] The publishing company was Elvis Presley Music, Inc.

In the liner notes to the CD Elvis by the Presleys (2005) Ernst Jorgensen wrote: "When Priscilla came to visit Elvis in the U.S. in the spring of 1962, Elvis proudly played her the new recordings he had just made in Nashville. One of these was 'You'll Be Gone,' a song that he had written himself with his good friends Red West and Charlie Hodge. To his deep frustration, Priscilla remarked that she liked his rock 'n' roll recordings better. Elvis had a fit, Priscilla was devastated, and Elvis never tried to write a song again."[2]

Elvis Presley's wife Priscilla noted in the liner notes to the CD Elvis by the Presleys (2005): "The reason we've included it is because it's the last time Elvis ever wrote a song."[2] She recalled that he played her the song.

1965 U.S. RCA Victor 45 single release, 47-8500.
1965 U.S. RCA Victor 45 single release, 47-8500.

Appearances on albums

The song appeared on the following albums:

  • as a bonus track on the 1965 Girl Happy soundtrack album[7]
  • the RCA 1999 CD reissue of the 1962 Pot Luck album as a bonus track
  • the 1992 From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters album
  • the 2003 FTD reissue of the Girl Happy soundtrack album
  • the 2007 Pot Luck with Elvis, 2 CD FTD Special Edition collection
  • the 2010 FTD/BMG Nashville Outtakes: 1961-1964 collection, Take 1
  • the 2005 Elvis by the Presleys soundtrack album as alternate take 2.
  • The Complete Elvis Presley Masters, Legacy/RCA, 2010
  • Original Album Classics, RCA/Sony Music, 2012
  • The Perfect Elvis Presley Collection, Sony Music, 2012
  • The Movie Soundtracks: 20 Original Albums, RCA, 2014


Cover versions

Morrissey covered "You'll Be Gone" in his live show at The Eventim Apollo on 20 September 2015.[8]



  • Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley, A Life In Music. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18572-3
  • Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis by the Presleys. Liner Notes. BMG Heritage, 2005.
  • Presley, Priscilla. Elvis by the Presleys. Liner Notes. BMG Heritage, 2005.
  • Hopkins, Jerry. Elvis: A Biography. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1971.
  • Victor, Adam. The Elvis Encyclopedia. Overlook Hardcover, 2008.
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