This song holds a unique claim to fame: it was the first song to knock itself off the top of the UK singles chart. "Answer Me" started life as a German song called Mutterlein. The original sheet music of the English version is held by the British Library. The credits are as follows: "Answer Me, My Love
" the popular song version, music by Gerhard Winkler, words by Fred Rauch; English Lyric by Carl Sigman. The original was copyright Papageno Verlag, Hans Sikorski, Hamburg, Germany; this version, which was recorded by David Whitfield on Decca, was published jointly by Bourne Music of London and Bourne Inc of New York; it was copyrighted in 1953, and sold for two shillings. The other version, which was recorded by Frankie Laine on Philips, was also published by Bourne. It is called simply "Answer Me."