Here’s what it sounds like:
The facts are: Lee Wiley, vocal; Sterling Bose, Tommy Dorsey, Sid Stoneburn, others; Ernie White, Larry Gomar, Justin Ring or Victor Young, directing. New York, August 13, 1934 38298-B.
And nearly twenty years later:
Lee’s voice had changed, predictably, as had the band, but I like the new, tougher approach just as much.
We enter the magical world of sheet music covers. This song is familiar, with the distinct connection to Victor Young — with whom Lee enjoyed a long relationship. I reprint the cover for comparison:
Although I can’t offer a recording of Lee singing LOVE ME, how about two versions by Jack Teagarden — the first with ornamentation by Sterling Bose, Jimmy Dorsey, Perry Botkin — again directed by Victor Young? I knew you wouldn’t object:
This is, again, twenty years later, swinging as well as romantic — from the sextet that Jack led after he’d left Louis Armstrong’s All-Stars. This 1953 band was a family affair, with brother Charlie on trumpet, sister Norma on piano:
Back to Lee.
This piece of sheet music is new to me, and I haven’t found any recordings of the song to offer you:
and, in case you’ve never seen it, here is the justly famous film — silent but with a soundtrack added later, both thanks to Josh Rushton — of Lee and then-husband Jess Stacy, out and about.
May your happiness increase!