Let Me Call You Sweetheart
DESCRIPTION: "Let me call you 'sweetheart'...." The singer professes his lover in the usual sorts of empty phrases
AUTHOR: Words: Beth Slater Whitson/Music: Leo Friedman
EARLIEST DATE: 1910 (sheet music)
KEYWORDS: love nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Fuld-WFM, p. 327, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"
Riley Puckett, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (Columbia 405-D, 1925)
Don't You Call Me Sweetheart (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 113)
Let Me Call You Lizzie (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 113)
Let Me Call You Sweetheart (I'm In Love With Your Automobile) (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 146)
NOTES [75 words]: Not a folk song by any stretch I can imagine. It's listed here because of all the parodies it inspired.
David A. Jasen, Tin Pan Alley: The Composers, the Songs, the Performers and their Times: The Golden Age of American Popular Music from 1886 to 1956, Primus, 1988, p. 66, notes that Chris Smith and Arthur J. Lamb had written a song, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart Once Again," but all it has in common with this song seems to have been the title. - RBW
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