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Fever – Elvis Is Back! – 1960

About The Song

“Fever” is a song famously covered by Elvis Presley, and it was included in his 1960 album “Elvis Is Back!” Here are five facts about the song:

  1. Origins: “Fever” was originally written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell in 1956. It was first recorded by Little Willie John, whose version became a hit. Elvis Presley’s rendition in 1960 brought a new dimension to the song, infusing it with his distinctive style.
  2. Sultry Rendition: Elvis’s version of “Fever” is known for its sultry and seductive delivery. His smooth and charismatic vocals added a sensuous quality to the song, enhancing its appeal and making it a standout track on the “Elvis Is Back!” album.
  3. Instrumentation: The arrangement of “Fever” features minimalistic instrumentation, primarily driven by a prominent bassline and snapping fingers. The simplicity of the musical accompaniment allows Elvis’s vocals to take center stage, creating an intimate and captivating atmosphere.
  4. Cultural Impact: Elvis’s rendition of “Fever” has been widely praised and is considered one of his signature performances. The song has been covered by numerous artists over the years, cementing its status as a classic. Notable renditions include those by Peggy Lee and Beyoncé.
  5. Chart Success: While “Fever” was not released as a single, Elvis’s “Elvis Is Back!” album, featuring the song, performed well on the charts. The LP reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, underscoring the commercial success and critical acclaim of Elvis’s return to the music scene after his military service.



Never know how much I love you
Never know how much I care
When you put your arms around me
I get a fever that’s so hard to bear

You give me fever when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night.

Everybody’s got the fever
That is something you all know
Fever isn’t such a new thing
Fever started long ago

Sun lights up the daytime
Moon lights up the night
I light up when you call my name
And you know I’m gonna treat you right

You give me fever when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night

Romeo loved Juliet
Juliet she felt the same
When he put his arms around her
He said Julie, baby, you’re my flame
Thou giv-est fever when we kisseth
Fever with the flaming youth
Fever I’m afire
Fever yea I burn for sooth

Captain Smith and Pocahantas
Had a very mad affair
When her daddy tried to kill him
She said daddy, o, don’t you dare
He gives me fever with his kisses
Fever when he holds me tight
Fever, I’m his misses,
Oh daddy, won’t you treat him right

Now you’ve listened to my story
Here’s the point that I have made
Cats were born to give chicks fever
Be it Fahrenheit or Centigrade
They give you fever when you kiss them
Fever if you live and learn
Fever till you sizzle
What a lovely way to burn
What a lovely way to burn
What a lovely way to burn