“Billie Holiday – Love Me or Leave Me (Okeh Records 1941)”


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Love Me or Leave Me” is a U.S. popular song from the 1920s. The music was written by Walter Donaldson and the lyrics by Gus Kahn. The song was introduced in the Broadway play, Whoopee!, which opened in December 1928. Ruth Etting‘s performance of the song was so popular that she was also given the song to sing in the play Simple Simon, which opened in February 1930.

Billie’s accompanied by Emmett Berry tp; Jimmy Hamilton cl & ts; Hymie Schertzer as; Babe Russin ts; Teddy Wilson p; Albert Casey g; John Williams b; J C Heard ds. Record August 7, 1941. Okeh Records (31004-1)

This suspense is killing me
I can’t stand uncertainty
Tell me now I’ve got to know
Whether you want me to stay or go

Love me or leave me
Or let me be lonely
You won’t believe me
I love you only
I’d rather be lonely
Then happy with somebody else
You might find the nighttime
The right time for kissing
But nighttime is my time
For just reminiscing
Regretting
Instead of forgetting with somebody else

There’ll be no one
Unless that someone is you
I intend to be independently blue

I want your love
But I don’t want to borrow
To have it today
To give back tomorrow
For your love is my love
There’s no love for nobody else

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There’ll be no one
Unless that someone is you
I intend to be independently blue

I want your love
But I don’t want to borrow
To have it today
And to give back tomorrow
For your love is my love
There’s no love for nobody else

“Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me (1929)”


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Published on Jul 10, 2013

Ruth Etting (Nov.23,1896 – Sept.24,1978) was an American singing star of the 1930s, who had over sixty hit recordings.

Her signature tunes were “Shine On Harvest Moon“, “Ten Cents a Dance” and “Love Me or Leave Me“, and her other popular recordings included “Button Up Your Overcoat“, “Mean to Me”, “Exactly like you”, and “Shaking the Blues Away”.

Rising to fame in the twenties and early thirties, Ruth Etting was renowned for her great beauty, her gorgeous voice and her tragic life. She starred on Broadway, made movies in Hollywood, married a mobster, had numerous hit-records, fell in love and was known as America’s Sweetheart of Song.

Born in David City, Nebraska, Ruth left home at seventeen for Chicago and art school. She got a job designing costumes at a night club called the Marigold Gardens and when the tenor got sick, she was pulled into the show since she was the only one who could sing low enough. That led to dancing in the chorus line and eventually featured solos. Her career in costume design and art was soon forgotten.

The blond hair and blue eyes and stunning voice all led to her being dubbed the Sweetheart of Columbia Records, America’s Radio Sweetheart, and finally America’s Sweetheart of Song. She began to experiment with tempo and phrasing during this period in her career. Her trademark was to change the tempo – alternating between normal tempo, half-time and double-time to create and maintain interest.

Ruth Etting made her first record in 1926 and her last in 1937. Completely lacking in the performer’s ego, she called her early recordings corny and kept none of her original 78’s. In 1955 her story was made into a movie, ultimately nominated for six Academy Awards and winning the Award for Best Story.

Ruth Etting died on September 24 1978, in Colorado Springs.

Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me (1929)

Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me (1929)


Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me (1929)