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Ain't that Loving You Baby

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Words & Music: Clyde Otis/ Ivory Joe Hunter
I could ride around the world in an old oxcart
And never let another girl thrill my heart

Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you so?

I could meet a hundred girls and have loads of fun
My huggin' and my kissin' belong to just one

Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you so?

If you gave me nine lives like a tommy cat
I'd give 'em all to you and never take one back

Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you so?

I'm putting on my Sunday suit and I’m goin' downtown
But I’ll be kissin' your lips before the sun goes down

Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you so?

Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you so?
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Recorded: 1958/06/10, first released on single

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Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 9, 2013report abuse
I slightly prefer the fast version but both efforts are top notch from the magnificent June 1958 recording sessions.
I would like to have seen this released with Tell Me Why on the flip, which would seem to have made more sense than splitting them up in the mid sixties.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2013report abuse
Great drumintro (several Elvis songs start with drums). Sometimes this song gets mixed up with Jimmy Reeds song with the same title. The fast version rocks like crazy and ends with Elvis laughing, like he did in Mystery train. Perhaps he thought this was another fluke up.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2011report abuse
Conspiracy theories aside, this was not going to be hit in 1964 for 2 reasons. 1) The radio played Ask Me more than this side (RCA pushed Ask Me as the A side) and 2) even tho it was a rocker and a good one, it had too much of an old sound for 1964 radio say compared to Pretty Woman or Memphis. No politics were involved. I was there and I lived it. As for Billboard, it was given a full page ad on page 1!
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2011report abuse
This is fantastic music! Love both the fast version and the slower version and listening to other alternate takes of this song. It should have been a major hit but apparently three singles in '59 was considered too much. Four stars from me, just below the true five star recordings of the 50s (All shook up, A big hunk of love, etc).
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2011report abuse
I haven't changed my mind since my last comments were made in February of 2009. Politics were the only reason "Ain't That Loving You Baby" didn't top the charts. It was "The King" at the top of his game. If things were honest in the music industry it could still be a hit.
dazglad (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2011report abuse
i think verse 3 should be "alley cat", what is a tommy cat? He swings his guitar like an alley gun!
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2011report abuse
I love the fast and up-tempo version. Too bad Elvis didn´t made a complete take of it. It is just as explosive and dynamite as the whole 1958 session where the King invented the pre punk rock beat, and was in his best rock beat ever. There is a remix of the various takes blending it in a 3 minutes and a half outstanding rockabilly song with a huge and ferocious beat, having 6 (six!) guitar solos from the Great Hank Garland that are paradise to every Rock/Rockabilly or punk rock fans ears. It’s one of my favorites tunes from the rock era.This is my KING!
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2011report abuse
Fabulous!
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2011report abuse
A good rock and roll number, but not quite in the same class as "A Big Hunk O' Love". I had always heard that this song with a flipside of "Tell Me Why" was supposed to be the Autumn single in 1959, but Colonel Parker wanted to build anticipation for Elvis' return from the Army. After ABHOL left the charts in the Summer of '59, RCA did not release another Elvis single until "Stuck On You" in the Spring of '60. It's hard to say if that was the right choice. On one hand, Elvis' first post Army single had a million orders before they even knew what the songs would be. That said, it probably would have been a huge seller even if ATLYB and TMW had been released and with Elvis' popularity and it would have meant at least another top 5 hit and a top 20 flipside hit.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2009report abuse
I guess I don't understand the comment that Elvis wasn't recording rock songs in the 60's. The true statement is he didn't record that many rock songs but he did, in fact, record a couple rock songs in the 60's. Either that or my Elvis CD's & Elvis Encylopedia of Musis is wrong.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2009report abuse
I like all versions but it was too late for a single by 1964.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2009report abuse
Good song. Always liked it.
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2009report abuse
Let's just be honest. "AIN'T THAT LOVING YOU BABY" should've been a huge hit like many Elvis recordings that "didn't make the cut" but because of politics (and I'm not talking about government politics) people at music publications like Billboard decided to change the rules as they go along. Facts are facts, in both the U.K. and the U.S. they held a poll asking who their favorite artist was and both countrys voted Elvis hands down and this was in 1964. Billboard Magazine has proven their anti-Elvis bias so many times I've lost count. Why people don't call them up on it is anybody's guess. When the Elvis songs "A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION", 2002; "RUBBERNECKING, 2003; "THAT'S ALRIGHT MAMA, 2004 and the rerelease of "HEARTBREAK HOTEL, 2006 hit number one on Billboard's Top/Hot 100 Sales Chart Billboard refused (and still does) to recognize them as legitimate number one hits. I find this disturbing because the sales chart is a more accurate barometer of a songs popularity. The "main" singles chart has problems because most songs make that chart because of airplay. Today, they have what they call legal payola where record companies pay radio station owners to spin their artist's latest song. That isn't the way to determine a song's true popular standing. It's fixed like a crooked fight. Years from now people will look at film footage of the Elvis phenom and look at footage of other artists and say to themselves somethings wrong here. The only artists that compared to "THE KING" was the Beatles. They'll say, "How come Conway Twitty, George Strait, Mariah Carey and others have more number ones despite Elvis selling more singles?" They'll say, "How come Garth Brooks, The Eagles and Jay-Z have more number one albums despite Elvis having more gold and platinum albums?" Question everything is my motto.
Steve Morse (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2009report abuse
The only complete issue of the 'fast' version (to my knowledge) was released on Reconsider Baby in 1984. This is believed to have been made from takes 8,9,10 and 11, with the ending from take 1 but 5% speeded up. In all, there are sixteen elements, spliced together into a total playing time of 2.32 - that's an average of around 10 seconds per splice. It was a fantastic feat of analysis and then electronic splicing, and a major mistake not to have included it on the FTD 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong. I like both versions but the fast version was a revelation, coming some 20 years after the standard version was released.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2009report abuse
The slow swinging version is a real gem. Wish it had been involved into the 70's repertoire. It would have recieved much acclamtion if properly done. This would have been a great blues number making best use of Guercio's orchestra...Can you hear it?
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2009report abuse
It´s a great song and just as good as I need your love tonight and A big hunk o´love and other songs from the same sessions.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2008report abuse
Elvis' stature may well have diminished by the mid '60s as far as the general record buying public was concerned, but NOT I assure you at RCA. Rest assured that RCA ASKED before releasing "Ain't That Loving You Baby." Also, you can bet they asked before releasing "Your Cheatin' Heart" and other old tracks on "Elvis For Everyone."
Wiebe (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2008report abuse
Great song, prefer the swing shuffle version over the fast one. Elvis's drive and timing is fantastic. Always been a favourite of mine. Elvis must have been pleased with this recording.
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2008report abuse
"Ain't That Loving You Baby" and "Crying In The Chapel" were held back for years because Elvis was not happy with them. He was an artist of such magnitude (in '58 and '60) that he had the final say over his record releases. By the mid-sixties his status had diminished somewhat, so RCA released the songs anyway. Elvis had wanted to re-record "One Night" too but he never got around to it before joining the army, and because of the scarcity of material on the eve of his departure, RCA was forced to release the version we have now.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2008report abuse
Ain't that Loving you baby" was probably held back and released years later, because RCA couldn't get the "rights" to the song. Song Publishers and companies can hold songs back, for years!! That happened with the song "Crying in the Chapel". Elvis recorded it in the late 50s and it was released in 1964. I enjoy both versions of "Ain't that Lovin' you baby". Many Years ago we would run "New Wave night" at a club, that I worked at, and the fast version of "Ain't that Lovin' you baby", fit in perfectly! (even though it wasn't new wave !!) It had a good fast "new wave" vibe.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2008report abuse
They should come out with the uptempo version in '59 or he should've re-recorded it in 1960. As it fitted well into the twist era...too bad they didn't.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2008report abuse
Both versions are very enjoyable. As a young kid I (we) only had the slower version. It is a pity though that the fast version was not finalised and released sooner. It might have been a great release in those days competing more than imaginable with the trend of those days. Retrospectively we can only guess why it was not done, but it will be to no avail. It is a fact.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2008report abuse
I guess RCA released it in 1964 to compete with the British invasion since Elvis was not recording rock songs anymore. They did the same thing with "Such a night" in 1964...but it was too late !
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2008report abuse
Great song, but apparently a recording unfit for a king.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2008report abuse
I like both versions. Good song. Why did RCA keep it under wraps for 6 years?
Tony D. (profilecontact) wrote on May 10, 2008report abuse
The fast version is magnificent as was pieced together in 1985 from incomplete takes.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 22, 2008report abuse
I love both versions of this song, the 1964 single version and the faster version released later.Elvis 50s recordings at their best.

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