And, in light of all of those adversities, visibly scarred by his battles, my dad's heart GLOWS with kindness and warmth and compassion and LOVE. From the beginning, my dad has NEVER lost sight on his PURPOSE for his life. He has ALWAYS been driven by his LOVE for our Lord God in Heaven, and for his family. Just like any GREAT LEADER, a KING in my heart, my dad places his loved ones ABOVE ALL; above himself. My dad is Discipline. My dad is Provider. My dad is Lionhearted. A person cannot be GREAT without FAITH. Faith means believing and trusting in the UNKNOWN. He DOES BELIEVE and look at what he HAS been able to SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISH!!! My dad is MY HERO. My hero is TOUGH on the outside and TENDER on the inside. My ADMIRATION for my father goes well beyond what any words can EVER describe. So, of course, I'll sing it in a song. I'm singing this one as the voice for my entire family, whom I am CERTAIN, feel the same way about Luis J. Lazaro Jr., as I DO. With all of the tenderness that I can offer, dad, "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley, is from all of your loved ones, dedicated, especially for you. WE LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS X INFINITY!!!!!!!
My father was Inventor of the Year, THREE TIMES.
"Love Me Tender" is a song sung by Elvis Presley, adapted from
the tune of "Aura Lee" (or "Aura Lea"), a sentimental Civil War ballad with music by George R. Poulton and words by W.W. Fosdick. "Aura Lee" was published in 1861 and this Civil War song later became popular with college glee clubs and barbershop quartets. It was also sung at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
The King performed "Love Me Tender" on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956, shortly before the single's release and about a month before the movie, Love Me Tender, was released, for which the song was originally recorded. On the following day, RCA received 1 million advance orders, making it a gold record before it was even released. The studio, 20th Century Fox, originally wanted to call the movie The Reno Brothers but instead re-titled it Love Me Tender to capitalize on the song's popularity.
Movie producer Hal Wallis would not allow Presley's regular band (Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and D.J. Fontana) to play on the soundtrack. Instead, The Ken Darby Trio provided the musical backing with Red Robinson on drums, Charles Prescott on bass, Vita Mumolo on guitar, and Jon Dodson on background vocals, with Presley providing only lead vocals.
The song is credited to Presley and Vera Matson because of the publishing agreement reached for the assignment of royalties, but the principal writer of the lyrics was Ken Darby (Matson's husband). The song was published by Elvis Presley Music. Darby also adapted the Civil War tune, which was in the public domain.