Santa Esmeralda – Don´t Let Me Be Miss Understood (1977) – Lp
Santa Esmeralda is a U.S./French Disco group formed in the 1970s; perhaps best known for their hit disco remakes of the 1960s hits Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and House of the Rising Sun. The group featured original lead singer Leroy Gómez in 1977 & 1978.
Artist: Santa Esmeralda
Title: Don´t Let Me Be Miss Understood
Label: Philips Records
Santa Esmeralda was formed in 1977 by French producers Nicolas Skorsky and Jean Manuel de Scarano, songwriters who had launched their own label with the aim of producing artists who would record their compositions. Upon meeting singer, Leroy Gómez, in Paris, the duo recruited him for the group’s first record, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” which debuted on the independent French label, Fauves Puma. A sudden success in Europe.
“Don´t Let Me Be Miss Understood” was originally written in 1964 for Nina Simone, her version had failed to chart, and the song was picked up by rock group The Animals the following year. The essential nature of the song is Latin and flamenco, which combined with that urgency lent itself to the disco sensibility in the 1970s. The song became a hit all over again, first topping the U.S. Disco chart and then matching the #15 peak of The Animals’ version on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified gold. The flip side of the record featured the love ballad “You’re My Everything” which became a radio request song and received airplay, even though the song never charted. Despite the success of the record, Gomez did not record any subsequent record with Santa Esmeralda’s original production team.
1. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood + Esmeralda Suite (16:05)
1. Gloria (3:36)
2. You’re My Everything (5:40)
3. Black Pot (7:12)