1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Let It Be Me recorded by Jill Corey with Jimmy Carroll his Orchestra
Written by Mann Curtis and Gilbert Becaud Introduced March 8, 1957, on Columbia records #40878
A lush orchestra and piano arrangement backs an expressive lament as Jill Corey begs the one she loves to “never leave me” and always “let it be me.” This mournful love song first appeared on the CBS-TV dramatic program ‘Climax.’ Let It Be Me is in the same vein as Karen Chandler’s Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, and Joni James’ My Love, My Love. Jill Corey was the stage name of Norma Jean Speranza, a small town girl born in 1935, the youngest of five children, to Pennsylvania coal miners. Columbia record’s arranger Mitch Miller signed her in 1953. Her first hit was the gospel spiritual Robe of Calvary. A recording career was aided by a steadily rising profile on television. She was the girl singer on Dave Garroway’s variety show in 1953. Her best-remembered single is a fast-paced trifle entitled Love Me To Pieces.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Each time we meet, love, I find complete love, without your sweet love, what would life be?"