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Let It Be Me

by

The Everly Brothers



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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 (15):

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)...
R.I.P.
- 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 song
- mixermatt, 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" fame
- J, 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 song
- Deana, Indianapolis, IN
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