About The Song

Released as part of the soundtrack for his second film, Loving You, the song wasn’t what anyone expected from the young heartthrob. Here wasn’t the pelvis-thrusting rebel teenagers were swooning over. Instead, Elvis croons a playful yet sincere plea to be someone’s cuddly companion.

“(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” arrived at a turning point in American culture. Rock and roll was still a fledgling genre, viewed with suspicion by some as loud, rebellious, and even immoral. This song, with its playful innocence, helped bridge the gap. It offered a softer side of rock and roll, one that parents could tolerate and even enjoy. Grandparents could tap their feet along without feeling scandalized.

But make no mistake, this wasn’t a complete departure from the Elvis we knew. The song still crackles with his signature charm. There’s a playful wink in his voice as he sings about not wanting to be a “tiger” or a “lion” because they “play too rough.” We hear the playful Elvis, the one who could melt hearts with a single glance.

“(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” became a runaway hit, topping not just the pop charts but also the R&B and country charts. It cemented Elvis’s status as a crossover artist, someone who could appeal to a wide range of audiences. It also showed the versatility of rock and roll, its ability to express not just rebellion and angst, but also tenderness and affection.

So, the next time you think of Elvis, don’t just picture the blue suede shoes and the hip gyrations. Remember “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear”, the song that reminded us that even the King of Rock and Roll could be a cuddly teddy bear at heart.