The Everly Brothers – Let It Be Me (1960)
“Let It Be Me” is a reworking of a French song recorded in 1955 by Gilbert Becaud called “Je T’Appartiens.”
The first English version of the song was recorded in 1957 by an actress named Jill Corey with limited success.
But The Everly Brothers released their remake as a single and it zoomed to #7 on the US Pop Singles Chart and #13 on the UK charts. It also appeared on the Cadence label LP “The Fabulous Style of the Everly Brothers” that went to #23 on the Pop LP Charts in 1960.
The Everlys performed together as a group from 1954 to 1973, setting an example for all country/pop/rockers to follow. And their harmonies were flawlessly beautiful and unique.
Betty Everett & Jerry Butler – Let It Be Me (1964)
This next extraordinary cover version, like the Everlys, also became a top ten Hot 100 hit. But it also bested the Everly Brothers version by also going to #1on Billboard’s R&B chart! I do believe that this is the definitive version of song, that has been covered countless times in every decade since the Sixties to date, by solo artists, other duos and larger groups as well. (Personally I am also partial the The Sylvers version and will share it here under the appropriate theme and time in the future.) Just goes to show you that a classic song is what all artists want to interpret.
Betty Everett sang gospel growing up in Mississippi and then began recording secular music for Cobra in 1958 with no success . But then when she joined Chicago’s Vee-Jay Records the hits came. She first recorded “You’re No Good”. Next the Shoop-Shoop Song zoomed to #6 in 1964 and then this Duet with Jerry Butler zoomed to #5.
Of course Jerry Butler and his childhood friend Curtis Mayfield also grew up singing gospel music, then secular music together in the Roosters, which then became Kerry Butler & the Impressions. Eventually Mr. Butler went on to pusure a successful solo career after leaving the Impressions, as well as a string of hit duets and last but not least a venture into Chicago politics. Mr. Butler has served as the Cook County Illinois Commissioner and then became a City Alderman.
Jerry Butler still performs today, as seen in this August 2001 PBS Special “Doo Wop 51 Live in Pittsburgh”. This was Betty Everett’s last public appearance; she died at her Wisconsin home in August 2001.
Let It Be Me Composed By Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoé
God bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you
Let it be me
Don’t take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever
Let it be me
Each time we meet love,
I find complete love
Without your sweet love
Tell me, what would life be?
So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you’ll always
Let it be me
Beautiful sweet lyrics for a beautiful sweet song. Hope you enjoyed the music.
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