PINOY GROOVE EXPERIENCE (Philippine Popular Music Revisited):
The Reycards “Let It Be Me” (1977)
The Reycards were Rey Ramirez and Carding Castro and they were one of the most popular acts of the late 50’s and early 60’s in the Manila club scene. Rey was the suave crooner and Carding was the comic relief who also had considerable singing chops. Check the album cover and see if you can tell which is which. They were actually one of the opening acts, along with Dolphy & Panchito and Pilita Corrales, for The Beatles during that group’s historic and disastrous 1966 trip to the Philippines. The Reycards toured internationally and made a particularly big splash in Las Vegas. They eventually relocated there permanently in the late 60’s and became bankable headliners.
“Let It Be Me” is off their 1977 album IN MANILA and is a cover of a track made famous in the US by The Everly Brothers. The song is actually a French song called “Je t’appartiens,” recorded by Gilbert Bécaud, written by Bécaud and Pierre Delanoë. Typically a ballad, this version is distinctly a Vegas show stopper, but features a pretty nice rhythm track and solid break just before the Tagalog verse. Try listening to this song while walking to the corner coffee shop. It’s pretty darn irresistible.