Answer Me (my Love)(Nat King Cole)

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“My Love ” is a popular song, originally written (with German lyrics, under the title “Mutterlein”) by Gerhard Winkler and Fred Rauch. The English lyrics were written by Carl Sigman in 1953.Sigman originally wrote it as a religious-themed song, ” Answer Me ” (in which the first line reads “Answer me, Lord above”), as a question posed to God about why the singer has lost his lover. This version of the song became a joint number 1 hit for both Frankie Laine and David Whitfield in the United Kingdom in November 1953, the only time in UK chart history that two versions of the same song tied at the top. However, the BBC banned the song because of its “religious” lyrics and Sigman rewrote them to address the lost lover directly, under the title “Answer Me, My Love”. Whitfield then re-recorded the number with the new lyrics so as to get BBC air-plays. Both his versions have appeared on CD. Laine went back into the studios of Columbia and recorded “Answer Me, My Love”, which was released in the UK but failed to overtake the original – many considered that this was due to the poor quality of the backing which lacked the “atmosphere” of the original Paul Weston arrangement.The best-selling version of the song was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1954. The recording was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2687. The record first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on February 24, 1954 and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at #6.In 2000, it was performed by Joni Mitchell on her album Both Sides Now.The song was performed in concert (but not recorded) by Bob Dylan in the early 1990s. The song is in the Keith Jarrett live repertoire, he has performed it at least 15 times with his trio and in solo from 2010 on.Recorded versions Gene Ammons;Petula Clark (1965);Nat King Cole (1954);Harry Connick, Jr. (2009);Bing Crosby;Renee Fleming;The Happenings;Engelbert Humperdinck;Frankie Laine (1953);Gisele MacKenzie;Joni Mitchell;Ray Peterson;Gene Pitney;Johnny Rivers;Don Shirley;Ray Stevens (1968);Jerry Vale (1972);David Whitfield UK 1953 (two versions, with different lyrics);Barbara Dickson UK 1976;Bryan Ferry;Betty Buckley;Roy Orbison

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