Let Me Call You Sweetheart

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"Let Me Call You Sweetheart"
Sheet music cover (1910)
Composer(s)Leo Friedman
Lyricist(s)Beth Slater Whitson

"Let Me Call You Sweetheart" is a popular song, with music by Leo Friedman and lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson. The song was published in 1910 and was a huge hit for the Peerless Quartet in 1911. A recording by Arthur Clough was very popular the same year too.[1] A 1924 recording identifies a Spanish title, "Déjame llamarte mía".


The complete lyrics:

I am dreaming Dear of you, day by day
Dreaming when the skies are blue, When they're gray
When the silv'ry moonlight gleams, Still I wander on in dreams
In a land of love, it seems, Just with you

Let me call you "Sweetheart," I'm in love with you
Let me hear you whisper that you love me too
Keep the love-light glowing in your eyes so true
Let me call you "Sweetheart," I'm in love with you

Longing for you all the while, More and more;
Longing for the sunny smile, I adore
Birds are singing far and near, Roses blooming ev'rywhere
You, alone, my heart can cheer; You, just you


Other notable recordings[edit]

Film and TV appearances[edit]


The girl who modeled for the original sheet music is alleged[8][verification needed] to have been Virginia Rappe, the subject of the 1921 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle scandal.

In 2016, the Peerless Quartet recording was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry due to its "cultural, historic, or artistic significance."[10]

Among the thousands of mainstream appearances of this pop standard are a British advert for mobile phone operator and internet service provider Orange SA, involving a wind-up toy of two figures hugging. The version used in this advert was sung by Oliver Hardy from the 1938 film Swiss Miss. This song was also sung in an episode of Our Gang (the Little Rascals) by Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer.

New York Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard sang the song at every Mother's Day home game until his passing in 2010. During Old Timers' Day that year, a clip of him singing this song was replayed as a tribute.


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  2. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
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  8. ^ Oderman, Stuart. Roscoe" Fatty" Arbuckle: A biography of the silent film comedian, 1887-1933. p. 152.
  9. ^ broadcast on ITV1, 23 September 2012
  10. ^ "National Recording Registry Recognizes "Mack the Knife," Motown and Mahler".

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