A true ‘oldie but goodie’ for sure but “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” has always been a favorite tune of mine. But then I have always been a bit partial to waltzes I guess. One term used to describe music from the late 1800s into the early to mid 1900s is “Parlor Music” and in those days and times that is where music was mostly listened to and enjoyed. Whether by a piano and sheet music, radio, or even the Victrola if you could afford one – getting music into the home was on the move in the early 1900s. And one of the more famous pieces of music from those times which is our subject matter, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”, is posted below as arranged and played by me under the psuendonymn name as always of The Electric Key Orchesta….\r\n\r\n
As always, I like to research the history of the songs that I choose to arrange and play and I also enjoy sharing some of the historical facts of those selections. The history of individual songs has always intrigued and interested me. And so it is with this particular piece of music.
The Peerless Quartet, which was one of the greatest vocal groups of its time, recorded this song and in November of 1911 the song went to Number 1 on the Pop Charts and remained there for 7 weeks. At the time of the songs release the group was comprised of Frank Stanley (bass); Henry Burr (second tenor and leader of the group); Arthur Collins (baritone); and Albert Cambell ( first tenor). The quartet had some ‘100’ singles that hit the charts of those days and with the majority charting in the top ten. They were eventually made members of the “Vocal Group Hall of Fame” in 2003. As a group the Peerless Quartet is rated as the ninth top group in an era spanning from 1809 to 1954. And as phenomenal as that accomplishment is – most folks will have never heard of them. And to me, if you are a lover of popular music and don’t know that – you are missing out on a historical treasure. But then….that is just one opinion of, I’m sure, of a number of varying ones on the subject.
This particular song was also released by tenor Arthur Clough about that same time who frequently appeared in vaudeville and musical comedies and his version peaked on the Pop Charts at Number 2 for a couple of weeks.