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"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
Single by The Shirelles
from the album Tonight's the Night
B-side Boys
Released 1960 (US)
1961 (UK)
Recorded 1960
Genre R&B
Length 2:43
Label Scepter
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King
The Shirelles singles chronology
"Tonight's the Night"
(1960)
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
(1960)
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
(1961)

"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" is the title of a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It has been recorded by many different artists and was ranked among Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at #125.

The Shirelles' version

In 1960, The Shirelles released their version as Scepter single 1211, with "Boys" on the B-side. When first presented with the song, lead singer Shirley Owens (later known as Shirley Allston-Reeves) did not want to record it, because she thought it was "too country." She relented after a string arrangement was added. In 1961, the song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. However, Owens recalled on Jim Parsons' syndicated oldies radio program, Shake Rattle Showtime, that some radio stations had banned the record because they had felt the lyrics were too sexually charged.

This version of the song is currently ranked as the 101st greatest song of all time, as well as the best song of 1960, by Acclaimed Music.[1]

Other versions

This song has since been remade by many artists. Notable versions include those by these artists:

"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Edizione d'oro (Golden Edition)
B-side Around and Around (andaroundandaroundandaroundandaround) (from the album New Gold Hits)
Released February 1968
Recorded 1968
Genre Rock
Label Philips
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin-Carole King
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Watch the Flowers Grow"
(1967)
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
(1968)
"Saturday's Father"
(1968)
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  • Amy Winehouse recorded a version for the soundtrack of the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004.
  • Lauryn Hill performed a version during her 2006 tour. The versions have not been officially released.
  • John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers frequently played a live version of the song featuring only guitar and vocals during the band's 2006-07 Stadium Arcadium tour.
  • Joni Mitchell references this song in "Chinese Café/Unchained Melody".
  • The Satintones released this song as one of the first Motown singles in 1961 as "Tomorrow & Always".
  • The song was performed by Elton John at a benefit concert in 1987. It was the first song he performed publicly after having undergone vocal cord surgery at the beginning of that same year. His version of the song has not officially been released.
  • Minnie Driver's character sings the song in the film Beautiful.
  • Mest uses the hook in the refrain of their song "Reason" on Destination Unknown.
  • The French Kicks recorded a version on their 2009 EP Covers.
  • Lesley Gore included the song in a 5 cd boxed set.
  • Lykke Li Recorded av version in July 2009. Free to download at http://www.lykkeli.com/

References

  1. ^ "Acclaimed Music Top 3000 songs". 27 May 2009. http://www.acclaimedmusic.net.  
Preceded by
"Wonderland by Night" by Bert Kaempfert
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (The Shirelles version)
January 30, 1961 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Calcutta" by Lawrence Welk
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