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Answer Me, O Lord
Answer Me
Answer Me, My Love


Answer Me, O Lord
Answer Me, My Love

ASCAP: 310308771
ISWC: T0708827717
Publisher: Bourne Company
ASCAP: 3915803
1952 date firat given

Gerhard Winkler
a German songwriter
Born: Neukölln, Germany - September 12, 1906
Died: Kempten, Germany - September 25, 1977 age 71
GEMA: 39782544
Fred Runch
an Austrian singer and songwriter
Born: Vienna, September 28, 1909
Died: Gmund am Tegernsee - June 1, 1997 age 87
GEMA: 25455985
Carl Sigman
an American songwriter
Born: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York - September 24, 1909
Died: Long Island, New York - September 26, 2000 age 91
ASCAP: 28651969

"Answer Me" is a popular song, originally written (with German lyrics, under the title "Mutterlein") by Gerhard Winkler and Fred Rauch. The English lyrics were written by Carl Sigman in 1952.

After the song was recorded by David Whitfield and Frankie Laine in 1953, the "religious" version was banned by the BBC after complaints. Nevertheless it still reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, after another version was written by Sigman in which, instead of directing the question to God about why the singer has lost his love, the lyric is addressed directly to the lost lover. In the new lyric, "Answer me, Lord above..." is changed to "Answer me, oh my love..." with other appropriate changes. The new song, entitled "Answer Me, My Love," was again recorded by Laine and Whitfield, but became a bigger U.S. hit for Nat King Cole in 1954.

Whitfield's version reached the top spot in the UK Singles Chart first, followed swiftly by Laine's. On 13 November 1953, for the first but not only time in chart history, one version of a song was knocked off the top by another version of the same song. Four weeks later, for the only time in British chart history, the two versions of the same song were at number one together.


Others who have recorded this song

  1. Frankie Laine - Album: I Believe - Capitol ST-2277 - Side 2 * Track 2 - 33 1/3 LP - 1965

Joe's Music Rack - I Believe - Capitol ST-2277 -

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