Saturday, April 06, 2013

Record #0320: Will You Love Me Tomorrow / Boys – THE SHIRELLES

Scepter 1211 (original, 2nd pressing) USA, Nov. 1960
Words & Music by:  Side A – Carole King, Gerry Goffin; Side BLuther Dixon, Wes Farrell
Musicians: Shirley Owens (lead vocals), Doris Coley (vocals), Addie Harris (vocals), Beverly Lee (vocals), King Curtis (sax on side B), others unknown
Recording sessions: Produced by Luther Dixon in New York, NY, 1960
Highest chart positions:  US #1, US R&B #2, UK #4

The title song has been covered BY MANY. Don’t take my word for it - check this list.

Will You Love Me Tomorrow” was the Shirelles’ first US #1 hit and it was also the first time that an all-girl group hit the top of the charts in the States. Their second (and last) US #1 was “Soldier Boy” in 1962. I’ll post that here later.

This was also the first #1 hit penned by Goffin & King.

The most notable cover of the flip side was recorded in a single take with Ringo Starr in lead vocals at Abbey Road studios in Feb. 1963. :)

List price:  Very Good+ is $15, Near Mint is $30. The first pressing titles A side as “Tomorrow” and is listed at $40 for a NM.

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