“Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1961 & 1971)

Song Review by Bill Janovitz

Carole King and Gerry Goffin met at Queens College, along with Paul Simon and Neil Sedaka. Forming a musical partnership that eventually resulted in marriage as well, Goffin and King started out as Brill Building-scene writers, working for impresario Don Kirshner at his Aldon company. Together they penned some all-time classic pop tunes, including one of their best known, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” a number one hit for the Shirelles in 1961. As the story goes, Kirshner recognized the song’s potential immediately, handing over a 10,000 dollar advance to each of the writers upon being presented with the demo. This was huge money to the struggling couple, who until then had none of their songs recorded. The song is a masterpiece of pop songcraft and is typical for the pair in its subtle lyrical and musical approach. The two deftly handle controversial subject matter: the long-term concerns of a young woman involved in a physical consummation of love.

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A decade after The Shirelles had a hit with the song, it was recorded by co-writer Carole King herself on her award winning masterpiece album “Tapestry”. James Taylor and Joni Mitchell provide backing vocals and Taylor also plays guitar and and Granfalloon (what is that?!) as indicated on the liner notes of my CD.

I played this album over and over again during my college years: it got me through some tough times. But that’s another blog – for another time.

Here is Ms. King’s glorious version of the song from “Tapestry”

Carole King – Will You Love Me Tomorrow.mp3

Now that you have listened to both versions could you tell me the one you prefer please? Click Here to take survey

This song is what I call a “new” classic. It has been covered by everyone from, Roberta Flack, Linda Ronstadt, Ben E. King, Brook Benton to Dusty Springfield. Even someone with mediocre singing skills can make their performance of this song sound greater than their talent because the song is good. IMHO the song writing talents of Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Lionel Ritchie all have this quality in common. They write songs with great melodies & lyrics that have, and will continue to, withstand the test of time.

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