Make Love to Me (1954 song)

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This article is about the 1954 song. For the 1941 song, see Make Love to Me (1941 song).
"Make Love to Me"
Single by Jo Stafford
Released 1953 (1953)
Writer(s) Bill Norvas, Alan Copeland, Leon Rappolo, Paul Mares, Ben Pollack, George Brunies, Mel Stitzel, Walter Melrose
Jo Stafford singles chronology
"Way Down Yonder in New Orleans"
"Make Love to Me"

"Make Love to Me" is the title of a 1954 popular song with words and music written by a larger team than normally is known to collaborate on a song: Bill Norvas, Alan Copeland, and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, comprising Leon Rappolo, Paul Mares, Ben Pollack, George Brunies, Mel Stitzel, and Walter Melrose. The melody was derived from a 1923 song, "Tin Roof Blues", composed by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.[1]

The best-known version of the song was recorded by Jo Stafford on December 8, 1953 (released by Columbia Records as catalog number 40143, with the flip side "Adi-Adios Amigo",[2]) and in 1954 the #1 position on the Billboard chart went back and forth between this record and Doris Day's "Secret Love" (See 1954 in music#US No. 1 hit singles). On Cash Box magazine's charts, however, the song only reached #2.[3] The same year, the song was covered in the United Kingdom by Alma Cogan and Billie Anthony.

The recording by Alma Cogan with Ken Mackintosh and his orchestra was recorded in London on February 16, 1954. It was released in 1954 by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog numbers B 10677 and 7M 196. The flip side was "Said the Little Moment".

Other covers were recorded by:

The song was also included on Anne Murray's tribute-to-the-fifties album, Croonin', where it was released as the first single, becoming a top 10 hit on both pop and country charts in Canada.

Peter Spar has written the Danish lyrics. The Danish title is "Vær sød mod mig". Raquel Rastenni, acc. Harry Felbert's sextet, Cond.: Harry Felbert recorded it in Copenhagen in 1954. The song was released on His Master's Voice X 8208. It was arranged by Erik Kaare.

Chart performance

Anne Murray

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 43
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[7] 3
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 6

Year-end charts

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Adult Contemporary Tracks (RPM)[9] 8
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[10] 63