About the song
Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I want to talk about one of my favorite songs of all time: The Shirelles – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. This song was released in 1961 and became the first number one hit by a girl group in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart . It was also one of the first songs to address the issue of sexual intimacy and doubt in a relationship, which was considered controversial at the time .
The song was written by the legendary duo of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, who were married at the time. They wrote the song for The Shirelles, a four-girl group from Passaic, New Jersey, who had already scored a hit with “Tonight’s The Night” in 1960. The song is about the singer’s uncertainty about her lover’s feelings after spending a night together. She wonders if he will still love her tomorrow, or if he will leave her heartbroken. The lyrics are simple but powerful, expressing the vulnerability and insecurity that many women (and men) feel in love.
The song has a beautiful melody that matches the mood of the lyrics. It starts with a gentle piano intro, followed by a soft guitar strumming and a steady drum beat. The Shirelles’ lead singer Shirley Alston delivers a heartfelt vocal performance, accompanied by the harmonies of the other members. The song also features strings and horns that add some drama and emotion to the arrangement. The song has a classic pop structure, with a verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus format.
The song was produced by Luther Dixon, who was also responsible for many other hits by The Shirelles and other artists. He convinced Alston to sing the song, even though she initially disliked it and thought it was too country and western for their style. He also asked Goffin and King to add strings and make it more uptempo, which they did. The result was a masterpiece of pop music that has stood the test of time and influenced many other artists.
The song has been covered by numerous singers over the years, including Carole King herself, who recorded a slower version for her landmark album Tapestry in 1971. Other notable versions include those by Dusty Springfield, Amy Winehouse, Bryan Ferry, Norah Jones, Cher, Leslie Grace, and many more. The song has also been featured in movies, TV shows, musicals, and commercials. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest songs ever written and recorded.