Stay with Me (Lorraine Ellison song)
|"Stay with Me"|
|Single by Lorraine Ellison|
|B-side||"I Got My Baby Back"|
|Writer(s)||Jerry Ragovoy / George David Weiss|
Ellison recorded "Stay With Me" at a last minute booking, following a studio cancellation by Frank Sinatra. With a 46-piece orchestra already hired, Warner Bros. Records asked Ragovoy, with two days notice, to take over the session at no cost. Ragovoy and arranger Garry Sherman worked up an orchestral arrangement of the song, and called Ellison into the studio to record it live with the orchestra. The recording was engineered by Phil Ramone.
"Stay With Me" was issued as a single on the Warner record label. It entered the US Billboard R&B chart on 15 October 1966, and reached No. 11; and peaked at No. 64 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Her follow-up single was "Heart Be Still", a minor hit in 1967.
"Stay With Me" has been covered by numerous musicians, including Bette Midler in the film The Rose. Other versions include those by The Walker Brothers, David Essex, Ruby Turner, Rebecca Wheatley, Bobby Hatfield, Genya Ravan, Terry Reid, Long John Baldry, Sharon Tandy, Les Fleur de Lys, Natalie Cole, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kiki Dee, Shirley Brown, Samantha Rose, Sam Brown, Trine Rein, Whitesnake, Ronnie Montrose, and Duffy. The first four artists' versions all reached the UK Singles Chart.
Duffy's version was the only newly recorded song on the soundtrack of the 2009 UK comedy film The Boat That Rocked. Although it was the original version that appeared in the film, Duffy's version did feature in the closing credits.
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