Let Me Be There

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"Let Me Be There"
Let Me Be There - Olivia Newton-John.jpg
Single by Olivia Newton-John
from the album Let Me Be There
B-side "Maybe Then I'll Think of You" (most of the world)
"If Not For You" (Japan)
Released November 1973
Genre Country, pop
Length 3:02
Label Festival
Songwriter(s) John Rostill
Producer(s) Bruce Welch
John Farrar
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology
"Take Me Home, Country Roads"
(1973)
"Let Me Be There"
(1973)
"Long Live Love"
(1974)
"Take Me Home, Country Roads"
(1973)
"Let Me Be There"
(1973)
"Long Live Love"
(1974)

"Let Me Be There" is a popular song written by John Rostill. It was first recorded by Olivia Newton-John in 1973 and included on her album of the same name. The country-influenced song was Newton-John's first Top 10 single in the U.S., peaking at No. 6, and also won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocalist. Mike Sammes sings a bass vocal harmony on the song.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Platinum 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

"Let Me Be There" was recorded live by Elvis Presley, and sung at many concerts until his death in 1977. Probably the most noted Elvis cover was recorded on March 20, 1974 live at a concert in Memphis, Tennessee. Most of that concert was released on July 7, 1974 as the album Elvis: As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis. The cover of "Let Me Be There" from that show was also released as track 5 on the Moody Blue album on July 19, 1977. Tanya Tucker recorded the song for her gold album Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone) in 1974 and included on several greatest hits compilations. Melinda Schneider and Beccy Cole covered the song on their album Great Women of Country (2014).

Preceded by
"The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA" (Donna Fargo, 1973)
Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance
1974
Succeeded by
"Love Song" (Anne Murray, 1975)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morse, Ann; Keely, John (March 1, 1976). Olivia Newton-John. Creative Education. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4966." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 4967." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 4965." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Olivia Newton-John – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Olivia Newton-John. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Olivia Newton-John – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Olivia Newton-John. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Olivia Newton-John – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Olivia Newton-John. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  10. ^ David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1970-1992" Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  12. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  13. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Let Me Be There". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Let Me Be There". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 April 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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