Promise Me (song)

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"Promise Me"
Promise me.jpeg
Single by Beverley Craven
from the album Beverley Craven
B-side "I Listen to the Rain"
Released July 4, 1990 (UK)
Format 7", 12", CD single,
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop
Length 3:36
Label Epic (U.S.), CBS (UK)
Writer(s) Beverley Craven
Producer(s) Paul Samwell-Smith
Beverley Craven singles chronology
"Promise Me'"
(1990)
"Joey"
(1990)

"Promise Me" is a 1990 hit song by British singer Beverley Craven. A ballad, it has become Craven's signature song and best known hit.

Released as the lead single of her debut album Beverley Craven in 1990, the song initially failed to chart. However, appearances in British TV and a successful UK tour prompted a re-release of the single, entering the charts in April 1991 and eventually peaking at number three in May. Its success helped her debut album also go to number three in the UK. The song also became successful when released around Europe.

Track listings[edit]

Both songs written by Beverley Craven.

7" single / 3" CD single
  1. "Promise Me" — 3:35
  2. "I Listen to the Rain" — 2:55

Covers and sampling[edit]

The song has been covered numerous times, most notably it was reworked as a dance song by group Lazard, who re-titled the song "4 O'Clock (In the Morning)". Other cover versions are by Jodie Brooke Wilson, Hind, Lutricia McNeal, Sandy Lam, Tabea or, more recently, Spanish artist Rosa López released a Spanish version (titled "Júrame") in 2008; a more faithful Spanish version was named "Entre tú y yo" and was performed by the Mexican actress Chantal Andere in 1992 for her second album and as the main title song of the telenovela "Triángulo".[1] Another notable covers are by Hong Kong Cantopop diva Sandy Lam named "Without You, but Still Love You",[2] and Taiwanese Mandopop diva Winnie Hsin named "Selfish",[3] sometimes the Mandarin version and English version would be crossed over for singing competitions, as exemplified by English-Taiwanese singer (now newscaster) Annie Lin (林宜融)[4]

In 2003, Faroese singer Guðrun Sólja Jacobsen's performance of this song won her the Danish Talent show Stjerne for en aften. Subsequently, this performance spent a record-breaking 16 weeks at number 1 on Kringvarp Føroya's now defunct chart.

In 2007, Lea Salonga recorded the song for her album Inspired, a compilation of her own favorites.

In June 2012 Technoboy and Tuneboy sampled the song on their hardstyle single "Promise Me".[5] Three months later, German techno band Scooter sampled "Promise Me" on their single "4 AM".

French rap artist La Fouine sampled the first verse of the song in his 2013 song "Quand Je Partirai". The single peaked at #74 in the French charts.

Eminem sampled the intro and the 1st 2 lines of the first verse of the song in his 2014 song Second Chance.

Charts and sales[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United Kingdom July 4, 1990 CBS
United States March 11, 1991 Epic

References[edit]

  1. ^ Opening theme of mexican telenovela "Triángulo" (Televisa 1992).[1]
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESQ0fdO7uqc Sany Lam - Without you, but Still Love You
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpF_TYm6oqI Winnie Hsin - Selfish
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75gXhA6NEVQ 2007.11.02「超級星光大道」翻譯歌曲指定賽-林宜融
  5. ^ Technoboy, Tuneboy & Ellie* – Promise Me Discogs.com
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Beverley Craven – Promise Me" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Beverley Craven – Promise Me" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Beverley Craven search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ ""Promise Me", UK Singles Chart". Chartstats. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Single top 100 over 1990" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Certification for every country in the world" (PDF). IFPI. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "French certifications, database" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 

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