''The first song that Winfield Scott and I wrote for Elvis Presley was ''Return To Sender''. They had given us a movie to do, and in that movie they gave us all these titles to write. And there was only one title that we wrote that came into the movie — ''Comin’ in Loaded''. We also wrote ‘Return to Sender’, but ‘Return to Sender’ was not one of the titles. Colonel Parker had come to New York, and I went and met him. And he said that Elvis was going to do this movie, and he had some songs that he had to take back, and he asked me did we have any. So I told him that the only two songs were ''Comin’ In Loaded'' but the other song was not a title they’d given us. He said, ‘Well, you gotta’ play it for me any way 'cause Elvis loves to hear your stuff’. So I said, ‘We’ll play this for you … I really believe you should hear it. And if there’s any way it can go in the movie, that would be nice’. And I played ‘Return to Sender’ for him, and he said, ‘Don’t worry. That will go into the movie. I can tell you that ’cause it’s a great song.’ Not too long after that they played us the record.'' - Otis Blackwell (songwriter)
''I try to get titles that I haven’t heard before. Usually, I try to come up with a title first, and then write the story around it. I was just sitting down writing and I came up with some titles and that seemed like the best one to send to Elvis.'' - Otis Blackwell (songwriter)
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''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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