“Let It Be Me” Performed by The Everly Brothers (1960) and Betty Everett & Jerry Butler (1964)

April 25, 2008


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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.

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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.

Thanks for stopping by.

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1 bluedreamer April 26, 2008 at 10:37 am

wow i love let it be…..
i heard it so often honestly i know most of its lyrics hehe.
my mom had a copy of EB version and i love it soooo much….
as far as i know there is also a newer rendition of this song,
but as i say nothing can beat the original right?

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2 sondan April 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm

So THAT’S how you know this great old music .. your Mom.
Tell her I said she has great taste in music (LOL).

As always thanks for stopping by BlueD.

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3 karla September 12, 2008 at 4:17 am

i love this song.. especially the lyrics.. i will play this song in my wedding this december 2008.. i heard this song from my uncle.. its so beautiful..

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4 sondan September 12, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Beautiful it is Karla!

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. I have never been married but I can imagine the excitement of finding your one and only and making a public commitment to love them forever.

This song is the perfect wedding song.

Hope you and your fiance continue to come and listen to these great oldies with me in the future.

SonDan

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5 Cairns Painters April 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Let it be me’ is a beautiful song. My girlfriend just listened to it, and she wants to learn how to sing it. I like it!

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6 SonDan April 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I think it has got to be one of the most beautiful love ballads of all time.

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