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Friday, September 29, 2017

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

This is an old familiar waltz tune. The last four lines of Let Me Call You Sweetheart are probably most remembered.

Let me call you "Sweetheart," I'm in love with you.
          Let me hear you whisper that you love me too.

          Keep the love-light glowing in your eyes so true.
          Let me call you "Sweetheart," I'm in love with you.

What do we know about this song?

Leo Friedman (July 16, 1869 - March 7, 1927), was an American composer of popular music, He was born in Elgin, Illinois, and died in Chicago, Illinois. He is best remembered for the sentimental waltz, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart". He also wrote "Meet me tonight in Dreamland" and other songs from that era.

Lyrics are by Beth Slater Whitson. The song was first published in 1910. It was first sung by The Peerless Quartet. The song was recorded by Bette Midler for the film "The Rose" and the accompanying "The Rose Soundtrack".

Where was this song Written?

It was written at the Center View Hotel at Bass Lake, Indiana, by Mr. Friedman, who was a frequent guest at the hotel. According to legend, the hotel owner, Mrs. Hewitt, was the song's sweetheart. The guest rooms numbered twelve and were decorated in themes. The original score is said to be displayed in the "Sweetheart" room.

There is a little more known history about this hotel. In the 1960's, the hotel owner was Harry Neal Baum. He was the son of L. Frank Baum, author of the famous "Oz" stories. At that time, it became the Oz Cot Lodge and Restaurant. I mention this because "The Wizard of Oz" is a well-known story that was made into a musical movie. I remember watching it over and over and never getting tired of it.

The Song

Below is a beautiful rendition of "Let me call you Sweetheart" by The Mills Brothers. There are other versions available, but they perform a smooth, lovely version that one could waltz to. Click on the video to listen.

If you can find an original piece of sheet music of this song, suitable for framing, it would be a great addition to your music decor. It could be hung in your music room, or with other items in a musical grouping, or displayed by itself. Classic songs are a nice addition to your music decor.

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