Music Article

8. Let It Be Me

Betty Everett and Jerry Butler

Image credit: Jerry Butler and Betty Everett: Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives.com

Chart Flashback: How does ''Let It Be Me'' hold up today?

Everett is better known for ''The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss).'' Butler is better known for... oh, just read this report some high schooler did on the guy. And the song itself is by no means an original, having been recorded by everyone from Bob Dylan to David Hasselhoff. But watch this clip of Everett and Butler from a 2000 PBS special, and tell me if their version — even 42 years later — isn't sweet as all get-out. The actual recording has much more of a sweeping-strings thing going on, and when held up next to perhaps the best-known rendition of this chestnut — the Everly Brothers' slightly Disneyfied arrangement — it comes across as sophisticated and mature, voices dripping with hard-earned love. A total classic. A-

Originally posted Oct 23, 2006