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Let It Be Me by The Everly Brothers

Album: The Very Best Of The Everly BrothersReleased: 1959Charted:
  • This is a reworking of a French song recorded in 1955 by Gilbert Becaud called "Je T'Appartiens."
  • The first English version of this song was released in 1957 by an actress named Jill Corey, who recorded it with Jimmy Carroll and his orchestra. This version went to #57 in 1957, two years before The Everly Brothers' version.
  • This was one of the first Pop songs to use a string section - eight violins and a cello were used. It was also the first Everly Brothers song to use strings.
  • Just before this became a hit, The Everly Brothers left their original label, Cadence Records, and signed with Warner Brothers for a $100,000 bonus, which was huge at the time.
  • This was the first Everly Brothers song they did not record in Nashville. It was done in New York.
  • In America, six other versions of this song charted in the '60s:

    Betty Everett & Jerry Butler (#5, 1964)
    Arthur Prysock (#124, 1966)
    Nino Tempo & April Stevens (#127, 1968)
    Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry (#36, 1969)

    Willie Nelson returned the song to the charts in 1982 when he took it to #40.
  • Bob Dylan recorded this on his 1970 album Self Portrait. We asked Ron Cornelius, who played guitar on the album, why Dylan recorded it. He replied: "No one would be being truthful with you to tell you what was ever in Bob Dylan's mind. No Way."
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Comments: 18

On March 19th 1969, Bobbi Gentry & Glen Campbell performed "Let It Be Me" on the CBS-TV program 'The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour'...
At the time the record was in its last week on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on January 19th, 1969 at #90; and on March 2nd, 1969 it peaked at #36 {for 1 week} and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
And on May 26th, 1969 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on the Canadian RPM Top Country Singles chart; the song it replaced at the top spot was Glen Campbell's "Galveston"...
The duo had two other records make the Top 100 chart; "Mornin' Glory" {peaked at #74} and "All I Have to Do Is Dream" {reached #27}...
May God bless and watch over Mr. Campbell.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On October 14th 1964, the Everly Brothers performed "Let It Be Me" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!' {See the 2nd post below}...
And on the same 'Shindig!' show the brothers performed "Gone, Gone, Gone"; at the time it was at #98 on Billboard’s Hot Top 100 chart and it had entered the chart only three days earlier on October 11th, 1964, eight weeks later on December 6th, 1964 it peaked at #31 {for 1 week} and spent a total of 10 weeks on the Top 100...
R.I.P. Jimmy O'Neill {Shindig's host, 1940 -2013}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On August 30th 1964, "Let It Be Me" by Jerry Butler & Betty Everett entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #72; and on November 1st, 1964 it peaked at #5 {for 1 weeks} and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
In 1967 the Sweet Inspirations covered the song; their version stayed on the Top 100 for 2 weeks, peaking at #94 {the Sweet Inspirations were a studio vocal group led by Cissy Houston}...
Jerry Butler & Betty Everett had one other Top 100 record, "Smile", it reached #42 and stayed on the chart for 7 weeks.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On January 5th 1960 "Let It Be Me" by the Everly Brothers entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 22nd it peaked at #7 (for 1 week) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #8 in Canada...
During the calendar year of 1960 the brothers charted with eight records on Billboard's Top 100, with half of them making the Top 10 and "Cathy's Clown" peaking at #1 for five weeks (in fact, between August 9th to August 29th was the only period in 1960 that they did not have a record on the Top 100)...
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Phil Everly passed away yesterday (January 3rd, 2014) at the age of 74. His brother Don will celebrate his 77th birthday next month on February 1st.Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
George Harrison did this song - it's in the documentary on him -
Living in the Material World. I love the Everly Brothers ! ! !
:-) - Colorado, Co
Jerry Butler & Betty Everett's version charted the highest with this record; they peaked at #5 in 1964. The Everly Bros. reached #7!!! {This was the brothers last charted record on the Cadence label, they signed with Warner Bros. and their 1st record was "Cathy's Clown", which stayed at #1 for five weeks}Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
we can't for get about Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry who also did a cover on this songMixermatt - Bloomington, Mn
And don't forget Jerry Butler & Betty Everett's popular version.Dave - Des Moines, Ia
Also the Fifth Demension did a great version of this featuring Billy Davis Jr. doing nearly all the vocals. It is on the "Aquarius" album. Also, country-pop duo Gene & Debbe (of Playboy fame) recorded this. I believe it was only issued as a single and is very good as well.Dave - Des Moines, Ia
Rumor has it that the tune was originally recorded in the fifties in North America by Floyd Robinson of "Makin' Love" fameJ - Toronto, Canada
I recently heard Houston Person, the great sax player, play this song in person at a performance and it was fantastic. He told me that he has recorded it on one of his own CDs. I also found that Janis Siegel (formerly of Manhattan Transfer) has recorded it, backed up by Houston. Haven't heard that version yet.Steve - Minnetonka, Mn
This is a pretty damn good song.Paul - Flagstaff, Az
Willy DeVille does a stunning version on his 2003 album Acoustic Trio Live in Berlin, after which one of the musos says "That's amazing" and Willy swathily mumbles "Ah, think I'll have a cigarette now."Steve - Sydney, Australia
Elvis Presley recorded this song on one of his best live LPs "On Stage" in 1970.Jan - Hamburg, Germany
Others to record this beautiful song: The Righteous Brothers, Nancy Sinatra, Glenn Campbell and Tom Jones.Ron - Curitiba, Brazil
Nina Simone recorded this song three times, in 1971, 1980 and 1984.Mauro Boscarol - Bolzano, Italy
Willie Nelson did a heart tugging rendition of this songDeana - Indianapolis, In