Please Stay (Burt Bacharach song)

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"Please Stay"
Single by The Drifters
B-side"No Sweet Lovin'"
Format7" single
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard
The Drifters singles chronology
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
"Please Stay"
"Sweets for My Sweet"

"Please Stay" (also known as "(Don't Go) Please Stay") is one of songwriter Burt Bacharach's early pop hits. It is an early hit of The Drifters featuring the new lead singer Rudy Lewis, who replaced Ben E. King and features Dionne Warwick's sister Dee Dee Warwick and Doris Troy on background vocals. This song, along with "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "Sweets for My Sweet", were recorded in the same session.

Backing Musicians[edit]

Chart Performance[edit]

In the US, "Please Stay" went to No. 13 on the R&B sides chart, and No. 14 on the Hot 100.[1]

Cover Versions[edit]

The song has been covered extensively:

  • The Cryin' Shames (1966, UK No. 26)
  • Lulu on her (Melody Fair album, 1970)
  • The Bay City Rollers (1974)
  • Jonathan Butler (1975, SA No. 2)[2]
  • Elvis Costello on Kojak Variety (1995)
  • Marc Almond in (2001)
  • In 1965, Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, who also changed the lyrics.
  • Aaron Neville covered it on his 1991 album Warm My Heart.
  • Jamaican singer Lascelles Perkins recorded a reggae version of the song in 1969 for producer Lloyd Daley,
  • In 1971 Slim Smith, as "Keith", revived it for Bunny Lee.
  • Peter Kember recorded the song with his band Spectrum, released on the 1992 EP True Love Will Find You in the End.[3]
  • "Please Stay" was covered by Welsh singer Duffy for the deluxe edition her debut album, Rockferry, adapting The Cryin' Shames' arrangement.
  • Ali Campbell recorded Don't Go/Please Stay in 2007. From the album "Running Free" Released 2007.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 173.
  2. ^ Brian Currin. "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (B)". Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]