July 1990 • From Guitar Player
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“Your True Love” is a 1957 song written by Carl Perkins and released as a single on Sun Records. The single was released as a 45 and 78 backed with “Matchbox” in February, 1957. The recording, Sun 261, reached no. 13 on the Billboard country and western chart and no. 67 on the Billboard pop singles chart that year. The song was recorded on Tuesday, December 4, 1956 when Elvis Presley made a surprise visit to Sun Studios at 706 Union in Memphis, Tennessee. Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis also participated in the impromptu jam session that day known as the Million Dollar Quartet. Jerry Lee Lewis also played piano on the recording.
“Your True Love” was recorded by Ricky Nelson on his first Imperial Records album Ricky in 1957. Nelson also performed the song on national television on the Ozzie and Harriet TV series on ABC in 1957 in a performance that featured Joe Maphis on guitar. Terry Wayne released the song as a single in the UK in September, 1957 on Columbia as DB 4002. Caesar and the Romans released the song as a 45 A side single in 1960 on Hi Note as 602-A. Bob & Shirley and the Valiants released “Your True Love” as a 45 single on the Band Box label as 225 in 1960. Chris Isaak recorded the song on his 2011 album Beyond the Sun as a bonus track. Jumpin’ Gene Simmons released the song as a single in 1961 on Hi Records, SP HI 45-2034. The Brian Setzer Orchestra has also recorded the song in 1994 on the album The Brian Setzer Orchestra. The Beatniks recorded the song in 1989. The Refreshments recorded the song in 2008. George Harrison has performd the song as well. The Beatles performed and recorded the song on January 3, 1969 at the Get Back/Let It Be sessions in Twickenham film studios in London with Paul McCartney on lead vocals.
Carl Perkins performed the song on the Ranch Party syndicated TV show in 1957. Perkins also performed the song on the 1985 HBO/Cinemax concert special Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session with George Harrison, Dave Edmunds, and members of the Stray Cats. The song appeared on the 1986 Rhino Records compilation Carl Perkins: Original Sun Greatest Hits.
In 1998, George Harrison paid tribute to Perkins by performing an impromptu version of the song at Perkins’ funeral.
Last updated on March 11, 2014
2:06 • Studio version
2:06 • Studio version
Unofficial album • Released in 2004
1:44 • Rehearsal • Jan.03 - D1-34 - Your True Love 3.33
- Session Recording:
- Jan 03, 1969
- Studio :
- Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK
Unofficial album • Released in 2010
3:29 • Studio rehearsal • From Wings' last rehearsal, 1981 (beg.)(stereo)
Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.