Words & Music:
Ask me if I wanted to caress you
And I’d confess
Ask me if I'm longing to possess you
I'll answer yes
Now that we’re together
I could hold you close forever
And I swear that I would never let you go
There's no question that I care more than you
Love me darling, just be mine completely
And there's nothing I won't do if you
Just ask me
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That organ is cheesy, but Elvis sings it well.
Regtarding this being released during the hieght of Beatlemania, this was supoosed to be part of a double "A" sided single with "Memphis" on the flip. Johnny River's hit copy of the acetate Elvis played for him force RCA to go with a differant flip side - "Ain't That Loving You Baby" which got to around number 15 . Both sides were good sized hits and this single sold very well.
The type of ballad in which he excelled, using that soulful tender delivery without a hint of harshness. Did well in the US and deservedly so., and gets a regular spin from me.
Damn fine ballad, no ifs, ands or buts.... Too bad it was regulated to the B-Side of a 45RPM RCA single back in the mid-sixites. Not one of his best ballads but still very, very decent tune.
I've always admired this song, the organ and the entire arrangement. Elvis sang this song beautifully and I've never skipped this ballad on any CD that it's on.
I hear the smooth vocal and I can understand that this would work for a lot of ears but to mine it's a bit too bland. Possibly the backing which isn't great but how does something like this fit in as a single during the zentith of beatlemania. I'm not saying Elvis should have released 1950's styled rock and roll or even necessarily uptempo stuff but this seems more like Humperdink fodder than Elvis material.
I could never figure out why this fantastic performance is not chosen for any of the "Love Song" and "Ballads" compilations. I heard this a lot on the radio during the fall of 1964. It made #12 on the Billboard chart during the middle of Beatlemania, and went higher on the Record World, and Cashbox charts . Elvis sings mostly in his upper register, and the vocal is great.
Big mistake by Rac back in 1964. Ain't that lovin you Baby should have had 'Such a Night' on it's flip side. 'Baby' was a brand new [old] track and the single should have treated as such. That could have left the follow up single of Never Ending c/w Ask Me. Maybe, just maybe a double sided hit, as both were new to the buying public, non movie songs and in line with other pop hits in 1964. I remember going to parties and making sure these 'b' sides got heard, and my friends remarking how much better they were compared to the [Elvis] rubbish played on the radio. Remember also that Rca also dropped another clanner arround this time by not releasing the #1 cert Memphis Tennessee
I've alway preferred this side of the single. Wonderful vocal from Elvis. Like the arrangement (even with the organ).
This was the very first single I ever bought, backed with "Ain't That Loving You Baby", way back in 1964 - and I still had nothing to play it on!! What happened was I was listening to it being played on the local radio station when suddenly the disc jockey started talking in the middle of it, ruining the enjoyment of hearing it for the first time. I was so furious that the next day I went to the nearest record shop and bought it! It is still one of my favourite songs. This was based on the Italian tune "Io" by Domenico Modugno.
Heavy handed arrangement maybe but the vocals are sublime. Beautifully and tenderly delivered by the King.
Another good song which is mainly unknown to non fans, not so keen on the backing though. Having said this perhaps the song would loose it's simplicity with a full backing.
Nice ballad, very similar of of "I'm Yours". Elvis does an excellent job singing this one, but I prefer many of the movie ballads. 3 1/2 stars.
its a pretty melody & great vocal but somehow it just never clicked with me. Perhaps its the backing. Not sure but not one of my favorites.
Its an OK songs but didnt like the organ or the Jords on this one. Both were overbearing. I'd like to hear it with a whole new backing track.
A very good ballad with Elvis' voice in top form. I would like to hear it with an added orchestral backing.
I like this one,including the organ. I have a french vinyl of golden records vol.4 and th sound on this one is fabulous.
Pretty song,great vocal...Awful organ.If BMG ever does a ballad remix,this should be it.
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