About the song
If you are a fan of Elvis Presley, you probably know his classic song “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”. But do you know the history behind this romantic tune? In this blog post, we will explore the origins and the impact of this song on the music industry and the culture.
“Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” was written by Scotty Wiseman, a country singer and songwriter, for the 1944 musical film Sing, Neighbor, Sing. He performed it with his wife Lulu Belle as part of their duo Lulu Belle and Scotty. The song was one of the first country songs to cross over to the pop music field and became a hit for many artists, such as Gene Autry, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
However, the most famous version of this song was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1957 for his album Loving You. According to the book Elvis – The Complete 50’s Masters, Presley recorded it on January 19, 1957, at RCA’s Radio Recorders in Hollywood. He played acoustic guitar on the track, accompanied by Scotty Moore on electric guitar, Bill Black on double bass, D. J. Fontana on drums, Dudley Brooks on piano, Hoyt Hawkins on organ, and the Jordanaires on background vocals.
Presley’s version of “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” was a huge success and influenced many other rock and roll singers to cover the song, such as Ricky Nelson and Eddie Cochran. The song also reached audiences across the Atlantic and became popular in Europe. Presley’s version of the song is considered one of his best love songs and a staple of his live performances.
“Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” is a timeless song that expresses a simple but powerful message of love and gratitude. It has been covered by hundreds of artists over the years, from different genres and styles. It is a testament to the talent and legacy of both Scotty Wiseman and Elvis Presley, who made this song a part of our musical heritage.