Let It Be Me (The Everly Brothers song)

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"Je t'appartiens"
Single by Gilbert Bécaud
Released 1955
Genre Pop
Writer(s) Pierre Delanoë (lyrics)
Gilbert Bécaud (music)
"Let It Be Me"
Single by The Everly Brothers
B-side Since You Broke My Heart
Released 1960
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Length 2:33
Label Cadence 1376
Writer(s) Gilbert Bécaud, Manny Curtis, Pierre Delanoë
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"(Till) I Kissed You"
(1959)
"Let It Be Me"
(1960)
"Cathy's Clown"
(1960)
"Let It Be Me"
Single by Betty Everett and Jerry Butler
B-side "Ain't That Loving You Baby"
Released 1964
Format 7" single
Genre R&B
Length 2:44
Label Vee-Jay
Writer(s) Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë
Betty Everett and Jerry Butler singles chronology
Everett: I Can't Hear You (1964)
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Butler: I Stand Accused (1964)
Let It Be Me
(1964)
Everett: Getting Mighty Crowded (1964)
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Butler: Smile (with Betty Everett) (1964)

"Let It Be Me" is a popular song originally published in French in 1955 as "Je t'appartiens". It became popular worldwide with an English version by The Everly Brothers and later with the duet by Betty Everett and Jerry Butler

"Je t'appartiens"[edit]

"Je t'appartiens" was a French hit in 1955. The score was written and first recorded by Gilbert Bécaud. The lyrics were penned in French by Pierre Delanoë.

Let It be Me[edit]

The English language version used lyrics by Mann Curtis and was performed in 1957 by Jill Corey in the television series Climax!. Corey's version, with orchestration by Jimmy Carroll, was released as a single and was moderately successful.

The Everly Brothers version[edit]

The Everly Brothers helped to further popularize the song with their 1960 rendition of "Let It Be Me" which reached 7th position on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The harmony arrangement of this version was often emulated in subsequent remakes. This was the first Everly Brothers single to be recorded in New York, and not in Nashville. The musicians that backed up the brothers on the record included Howard Collins, Barry Galbraith and Mundell Lowe on guitar, Lloyd Trotman on Bass, Jerry Allison on drums and Hank Rowland on piano.

Betty Everett and Jerry Butler version[edit]

The song enjoyed its most success in 1964 when Betty Everett and Jerry Butler released their wistful version of the popular song. Their soulful duet was a bonafide hit which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as topped the Cashbox Soul/R&B charts for 3 weeks (the Billboard R&B chart wasn't tabulated at all in 1964 so could not be used for reference).[2]

Chronology[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

  • 1970 – Leonard Nimoy recorded a cover of this song for his The New World of Leonard Nimoy album.
  • 1970 – Bob Dylan recorded a cover of the song for his Self Portrait album.
  • 1970 – Jay and the Americans recorded a cover of the song for their album Wax Museum, Vol. 1.
  • 1970 – Elvis Presley recorded a cover of the song in Las Vegas also on album Elvis On Stage!.
  • 1970 – Roberta Flack recorded a version of the song for her album Chapter Two.
  • 1971 – Franck Pourcel recorded an instrumental of the song on the album Et son Grande Orchestre.
  • 1973 – The Buffoons recorded a cover of this song.
  • 1974 – Nina Simone recorded a cover for her album It Is Finished. It was a studio recording made to sound like a live recording with audience applause added to the beginning and end of the song, so it would fit in with the other live tracks on the album. Simone frequently performed the song in concert.
  • 1974 – Mary McCaslin included a cover on Way Out West.
  • 1974 – Bobby Darin recorded a cover for his self-titled Motown album.
  • 1976 – New Trolls, Italian popular band of rock-progressive music, recorded a version for the album Concerto Grosso n.2.
  • 1978 – Melanie recorded a cover of the song for her Phonogenic – Not Just Another Pretty Face album.
  • 1978 – Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps performed the incomparable Jim Ott arrangement of this song, which has since become a staple song in their repertoire.
  • 1979 - Kenny Rogers and Dottie West recorded a cover for their second duets album "Classics".

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

  • 1990 – Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro recorded the song, in an unusual medley with "The Christmas Song". This track appears on the 1990 various artists CD Acoustic Christmas.
  • 1992 – Country musician Collin Raye covered the song on his second album In This Life.
  • 1995 – Jackson Browne and Timothy B. Schmit covered this song on the soundtrack to Bye Bye Love.
  • 1998 – Scottish folk singer Dick Gaughan recorded the song on the album Redwood Cathedral.
  • 1999 – Scottish pop singer Justin Osuji reached number 15 in the UK Charts in 1999, from the album Finally.
  • 1999 – Country superstar Kenny Rogers covered the song for his album She Rides Wild Horses.

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

  • 2010 – Canadian singer-songwriter Reid Jamieson covered the song on CBC Radio's The Vinyl Cafe.
  • 2010 – American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond covered the song on his album Dreams.
  • 2011 – A version recorded by George Harrison of the song (recorded before his death in 2001 though exact date is unknown) appears on bonus CD of the George Harrison: Living in the Material World deluxe DVD/Blu-ray edition, and Early Takes: Volume 1.
  • 2011 – Anggun recorded a version of the song, which appears on a compilation CD BECAUD: Et Maintenant.
  • 2011 – Emma Hamilton recorded a Jazz version of this song on her La Musique album with both French and English lyrics.
  • 2012–13 – Christopher Owens (formerly Girl's frontman) used to cover this song on his Lysandre Tour.
  • 2014 – Megan Washington and Kate Miller-Heidke performed a duet of the song for (Australian) ABC TV's show, "The Truth About Us".[5]
  • 2014 – Herb Alpert re-recorded an instrumental version of the song and released it on the album In the Mood.
  • 2014 – Joey + Rory recorded a country/bluegrass version of the song and released it on the album Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage.

Chart positions[edit]

Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 36
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 7
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 85
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 15

Willie Nelson[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 40
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 47
Preceded by
"Galveston"
by Glen Campbell
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry)

May 26, 1969
Succeeded by
"It's a Sin"
by Marty Robbins
Preceded by
"I Will Always Love You"
by Dolly Parton
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Willie Nelson)

November 6-November 13, 1982
Succeeded by
"Close Enough to Perfect"
by Alabama
Preceded by
"Heartlight"
by Neil Diamond
RPM Adult Contemporary number-one single
(Willie Nelson)

November 20, 1982
Succeeded by
"Break It to Me Gently"
by Juice Newton

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trager, Oliver (1997). The American Book of the Dead: The Definitive Grateful Dead Encyclopedia. New York: Fireside Books. pp. [unknown/unpaginated]. ISBN 978-0-684-81402-5. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 95. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 95. 
  4. ^ "The Walkers - 40 Års Jubilæumsbox". Allmusic. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kate and Megan on The Truth About Us". Angela Pulvirenti. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 

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