Love Me or Leave Me (bass/vocal)

January 20, 2007 10:24 AM

Ok, so here's my spin on another old song. This Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn composition was first featured in Florenz Zeigfield's 1928 Broadway musical Whoopee, starring Eddie Cantor & Ruth Etting, who took the song to #2 on the charts. In 1955, Doris Day starred in a biographical movie about Etting called "Love Me or Leave Me" & her updated rendition became a giant hit. Flash forward to 1967... Nina Simone turned this hokey old Ziegfeld tune into a completely reworked masterpiece of piano & voice (download link is at bottom). My own version (heard best live, I think) is definitely inspired by Nina's, but it could never compare to hers -- I just do my own thing & try to make it my own a bit. It's a fun song to do... audiences seem to love it. Incredible basswork once again provided by bass God Chris Conner.

posted by miss lynnster (10 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

Awesome as usual! That is indeed some fantastic bass playing aswell!
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:07 AM on January 20, 2007

Reminder to self: visit MeFi music more often to experience more awesomeness.

Thanks for this, Miss Lynnster!
posted by ClarissaWAM at 11:39 AM on January 20, 2007

One good phrase after another, what lyrics! Great song, and great version, miss lynnster. Can't get enough of your renditions, please keep 'em coming.
posted by micayetoca at 12:03 PM on January 20, 2007

I can't say enough good things about your voice, thanks for sharing it with us Miss Lynnster!
posted by rfbjames at 12:43 AM on January 21, 2007

Wow. Thanks.
posted by motty at 4:23 AM on January 22, 2007

I have no idea what you look like but when I hear your voice I see Kim Cattrall singing. Don't know what it means, but there it is.
posted by chococat at 10:41 AM on January 23, 2007

Well chocolat, we look nothing alike (I'm a brunette) but I'm going to take that as a compliment 'cuz she's attractive.* So, thanks! ;D

*Musically, on the other hand? All I can say about KC is OUCH. Girl needs to stay away from music. And poetry. And sonnets. And the upright bass...
posted by miss lynnster at 11:35 AM on January 23, 2007

Bravo Lynn.
posted by Ynoxas at 10:41 PM on February 1, 2007

Long been one of my fave songs. You've done a great job. Thanks!
posted by dobbs at 4:00 PM on March 6, 2007

Just found this. It is lovely. Really good work by both you and the bassist.
posted by Pallas Athena at 12:34 PM on January 5, 2008

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