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"Love Me" is a song recorded by the Bee Gees, released on the 1976 album Children of the World. It was also included on the compilation album Love from the Bee Gees released only in the UK.[1]

"Love Me"
Song by Bee Gees
from the album Children of the World
ReleasedSeptember 1976
Recorded30 March 1976 (Criteria Studios)
25 April 1976 (Le Studio)
GenreR&B, soul
Length4:01
LabelRSO
Songwriter(s)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer(s)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson

BackgroundEdit

It was written by Barry and Robin Gibb featuring Robin on lead with his vibrato (with Barry on the middle eight evidenced on the outro). This makes this song a curio among the group's latterday tracks, as during the mid and late 1970s, Barry sang most of the group's leads. Robin sings a falsetto lead on the group's 1979 song "Living Together" on the album Spirits Having Flown.[2] He also sang falsetto during the chorus of his solo song "Remedy" from the 1985 album Walls Have Eyes.[3]

With Robin, Barry also sang the lead on the track's middle-eight.

Recording began on March 30, 1976 in Criteria Studios, Miami and finished on April 25 in Le Studio, Quebec, Canada same day as "I Think I'm Losing You" (unreleased).[4]

Yvonne Elliman's versionEdit

"Love Me"
 
Single by Yvonne Elliman
from the album Love Me
B-side"(I Don't Know Why) I Keep Hangin' On"
ReleasedSeptember 1976
Format7"
GenreSoul, jazz
Length3:22
LabelRSO
Songwriter(s)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer(s)Freddie Perren
Yvonne Elliman singles chronology
"Walk Right In"
(1975)
"Love Me"
(1976)
"Hello Stranger"
(1977)

SummaryEdit

Yvonne Elliman's version was released as a single and reached #14 in the United States, #6 in the United Kingdom, #9 in Ireland, #3 in New Zealand and South Africa, #15 in Australia, #11 in Canada and #16 in Netherlands.

Chart performanceEdit

Singles Charts (1976–77) Weekly peak Year-end ranking
Australia ARIA
15
72 1977
Canadian RPM Top Singles
11
125 1976
[5]
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[6]
3
n/a
Irish Singles Chart
9
n/a
Netherlands Dutch Top 40
16
n/a
New Zealand RIANZ
3
n/a
South Africa
3
n/a
UK Singles Chart
6
52 1976
[7]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100
14
112 1976
[8]
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary [9]
5
32 1977
[10]
U.S. Cash Box Top 100
10
n/a

Martine McCutcheon's versionEdit

"Love Me"
Single by Martine McCutcheon
from the album You Me & Us
B-side"Talking in Your Sleep"
Released22 November 1999 (1999-11-22)
FormatCD single
Recorded1999
GenrePop
Length3:44
LabelInnocent
Songwriter(s)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Martine McCutcheon singles chronology
"I've Got You"
(1999)
"Love Me" / "Talking in Your Sleep"
(1999)
"I'm Over You"
(2000)
Children in Need singles chronology
"Especially for You"
(1998)
"Love Me"
(1999)
"Never Had a Dream Come True"
(2000)

SummaryEdit

Martine McCutcheon remade "Love Me" for her 1999 debut album You Me & Us from which the track - serving as the BBC Children in Need single for 1999 - was issued as the third single. It was released as a double A-side single along with "Talking in Your Sleep" and peaked at number 6 in the United Kingdom. It was re-released on 22 November in the week building up to the Children in Need event.

McCutcheon performed the song at the Children in Need telethon on 26 November 1999. She was supported by 100 children between the age of eight and thirteen, who were selected through nationwide auditions. The successful children had the chance to spend a day in a recording studio with McCutcheon, before serving as backing singers for the song on live television.[11]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Love Me" (radio mix)- 3:44
  2. "Talking in Your Sleep" (radio edit) - 4:06

ChartsEdit

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 6

Other versionsEdit

"Love Me" was also recorded by Janie Fricke for her 1981 album Sleeping With Your Memory and cantopop artist Prudence Liew for her 1994 album Thoughts in the Night, Dreams During the Day.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bee Gees - Love from the Bee Gees". Discogs. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Bee Gees - Spirits Having Flown". Discogs. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Robin Gibb - Walls Have Eyes". Discogs. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  4. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1976". Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 25 December 1976. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Top 100 1976 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Love Me (song by Yvonne Elliman) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Billboard : Year end charts" (PDF). Americanradiohistory.com. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Martine's Children in Need boost". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 September 1999. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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