Elvis had been away playing Army for two years. Of course, that didn’t stop RCA Records from releasing Elvis Presley songs while he was gone. He had recorded a stockpile before he left and he had furloughs now and then when he could get into a recording studio and record. What he couldn’t do was tour and play for his fans.
On March 5, 1960, he was discharged and flew back to the States. He arrived at Fort Dix, New Jersey in the middle of a snowstorm and RCA couldn’t wait to get him into a studio. The whole world knew he was coming home and were anticipating the next single. It really hadn’t been that long since his last hit. In July of 1959, he had hit number one with “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” but that was the last time until now, so it had been about eight months since there had been an Elvis single. The public was so worked up about it that RCA announced an upcoming single to correlate with his discharge from the Army and 1.3 million copies were sold before the song was even recorded. In fact, before anyone even knew the name of the song.
On March 20, he went into a studio and recorded six songs, two of which were “Stuck on You” with “Fame or Fortune” on the B-side. So, we have Elvis’ first number one of the Sixties decade. “Stuck On You” was written by Aaron Schroeder and J Leslie McFarland. Schroeder had been a songwriter for many years and would continue writing most of his life. He wrote for other performers, but he wrote seventeen songs for Elvis, five of which reached number one. McFarland also had been writing since the early Fifties and got together with Schroeder in 1959.
Elvis didn’t waste any time getting to Hollywood, either. He got right to work on his next movie, called “G.I. Blues,” which, as I’m sure you can guess was a comedy supposed to be based on his time in the Army. They had actually filmed part of the movie in Germany while he was enlisted. The fans had been looking forward to something special when he returned home. Unfortunately, this wasn’t it.The movie made money (everything Elvis did made money), but those who saw it and maybe even Elvis himself were disappointed with the result.
“Stuck On You” debuted on the Top 40 April 11, 1960 which was just a month and six days after he returned back home and spent four weeks at number one. Elvis was back.