Love Me (Bee Gees song)

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"Love Me"
Song by Bee Gees from the album Children of the World
Released September 1976
Format 7"
Recorded 30 March 1976 (Criteria Studios)
25 April 1976(Le Studio)
Genre R&B, soul
Length 4:01
Label RSO
Writer Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Children of the World track listing
"Boogie Child"
(6)
"Love Me"
(7)
"Subway"
(8)

"Love Me" is a song recorded by the Bee Gees, released on the 1976 album Children of the World. It was also included on the compilation album Love from the Bee Gees released only in the UK.[1]

Background[edit]

It was written by Barry and Robin Gibb featuring Robin on lead with his falsetto (with Barry on the middle eight evidenced on the outro. This makes this song a curio among latterday group's tracks, as during the mid and late 1970s Barry sang most of the group's leads. Robin also sing falsetto for the second time on the group's 1979 song "Living Together" on the album Spirits Having Flown.[2] As well as on his solo material "Remedy" from the 1985 album Walls Have Eyes.[3]

With Robin, Barry also sang the lead on the track's middle-eight.

Never even try to see things her way/It's hard on a woman when love ain't no love at all/And when she walks away, and she probably will/You're gonna be sorry, begging her, please.

It was started to record in March 30, 1976 in Criteria Studios, Miami and finished in April 25 in Le Studio, Quebec, Canada same day as "I Think I'm Losing You" (unreleased).[4]

Yvonne Elliman's version[edit]

"Love Me"
Single by Yvonne Elliman
from the album Love Me
B-side "(I Don't Know Why) I Keep Hangin' On"
Released October 1976
Format 7"
Genre Pop
Length 3:22
Label RSO
Producer(s) Freddie Perren
Yvonne Elliman singles chronology
"Walk Right In"
(1975)
Love Me
(1976)
"Hello Stranger"
(1977)

Yvonne Elliman's version was more successful than the Bee Gees' as her version reached #14 in the United States, #6 in the United Kingdom, #9 in Ireland, #3 in New Zealand and South Africa, #15 in Australia, #11 in Canada and #16 in Netherlands.

Charts[edit]

Charts (1976/1977) Peak
position
United Kingdom Singles Chart 6
United States Billboard Hot 100 14
South Africa Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 9
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 15
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 11
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Charts 16
New Zealand RIANZ Charts 3

Martine McCutcheon's version[edit]

"Love Me"
Single by Martine McCutcheon
from the album You Me & Us
B-side "Talking in Your Sleep"
Released 8 November 1999 (1999-11-08)
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop
Length 3:44
Label Innocent
Martine McCutcheon singles chronology
"I've Got You"
(1999)
"Love Me" /
"Talking in Your Sleep"
(1999)
"I'm Over You"
(2000)
Children in Need chronology
"Especially for You"
(1998)
"Love Me"
(1999)
"Never Had a Dream Come True"
(2000)

Martine McCutcheon remade "Love Me" for her 1999 debut album You Me & Us from which the track - serving as the BBC Children in Need single for 1999 - was issued as the third single. It was released as a double A-side single along with "Talking in Your Sleep" and peaked at number 6 in the United Kingdom. It was re-released on 22 November in the week building up to the Children in Need event.

McCutcheon performed the song at the Children in Need telethon on 26 November 1999. She was supported by 100 children between the age of eight and thirteen, who were selected through nationwide auditions. The successful children had the chance to spend a day in a recording studio with McCutcheon, before serving as backing singers for the song on live television.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love Me" (radio mix)- 3:44
  2. "Talking in Your Sleep" (radio edit) - 4:06

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 6

Other versions[edit]

"Love Me" was also recorded by Janie Fricke for her 1981 album Sleeping With Your Memory and cantopop artist Prudence Liew for her 1994 album Thoughts in the Night, Dreams During the Day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bee Gees - Love from the Bee Gees". Discogs. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bee Gees - Spirits Having Flown". Discogs. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Robin Gibb - Walls Have Eyes". Discogs. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1976". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Martine's Children in Need boost". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 September 1999. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "December 1999/ Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.

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