Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
Single by The Shirelles
from the album Tonight's the Night
B-side Boys
Released November 1960 (US)
1961 (UK)
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded 1960
Genre R&B
Length 2:43
Label Scepter
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King
The Shirelles singles chronology
"Tonight's the Night"
"'Will You Love Me Tomorrow'"
"Dedicated to the One I Love"

"Will You Love Me Tomorrow", also known as "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and originally recorded by The Shirelles. It has been recorded by many artists and was ranked among Rolling Stone 's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at No.126. The song is notable for being the first song by an all-girl group to reach No.1 in the United States. The song is in AABA form.[1]

The Shirelles' version[edit]

In 1960, The Shirelles released their version as Scepter single 1211, with "Boys" on the B-side. The single's first pressing was labelled simply "Tomorrow", then lengthened later. When first presented with the song, lead singer Shirley Owens (later known as Shirley Alston-Reeves) did not want to record it, because she thought it was "too country." She relented until 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, with session musician Gary Chester on drums, is currently ranked as the 110th greatest song of all time, as well as the best song of 1960, by Acclaimed Music.[2]

The song appeared on the soundtrack of Michael Apted's Stardust.

Answer songs[edit]

Bertell Dache, a black demo singer for the Brill Building songwriters, recorded an answer song entitled "Not just Tomorrow, But Always".[3] It has been erroneously claimed by some historians that Dache was a pseudonym for Epic recording artist Tony Orlando. However, an ad for United Artists Records which appeared in Billboard during 1961 featured a photo of the singer which conclusively proved this to be false.

The Satintones, an early Motown group, also recorded an answer song called "Tomorrow and Always," which used the same melody as the original but initially neglected to credit King and Goffin. Following a threat of litigation, later pressings of the record included proper credit. The Satintones' versions are included in the box set "The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 1: 1959-1961."

Other versions[edit]

This version, performed by Amy Winehouse for the 2004 film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, slows the tempo down and features a jazz arrangement.

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See also[edit]



  1. ^ Covach, John (2005), "Form in Rock Music: A Primer", in Stein, Deborah, Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis, New York: Oxford University Press, p.70, ISBN 0-19-517010-5.
  2. ^ "Acclaimed Music Top 3000 songs". 27 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles Songfacts
  4. ^ Second Hand Songs - Recording: Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Kestrels
  5. ^ Ramirez, Rauly (2012-10-16). "Leslie Grace Youngest Woman To Top Latin Airplay Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 

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