Friday, January 9, 2015

"Let It Be Me" by Willie Nelson

Song#:  1131
Date:  08/07/1982
Debut:  87
Peak:  40
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Crossover Country, Adult Contemporary



Pop Bits:  Nelson had the biggest pop hit of his career with the title track to his album "Always on My Mind." The song reached #5 while hitting #1 on the country chart. The album would be the top selling country album of the year and would spend 22 weeks at #1 on the country album chart. This second single was another country hit peaking at #2 and almost got into the AC Top 10 reaching #11. It didn't fare as well at pop but did at least reach the Top 40 - just barely. The single would be Nelson's last solo single to reach the Top 40.

ReduxReview:  Although a great song, this just doesn't have the same spark as "Always on My Mind." The arrangement and Nelson's delivery is quite stiff and the song kind of slogs along. I think the song is a good fit for Nelson, but not in the way this one turned out.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This is a remake of a song made famous by The Everly Brothers. Their version reached #7 in 1960. However, they were not the first to record the song. French singer/composer Gilbert B├ęcaud co-wrote and recorded the song as "Je t'appartiens" in 1955. English lyrics were written and the song got recorded by American singer Jill Corey in 1957. Her single reached #57. The Everly's followed in 1960 with their hit.

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