Till There Was You – Stand By Me – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – 24K Gold Music Shows
The first song on this video, “Till There Was You”, was written for the musical play, The Music Man. This alone was enough to turn this song into a classic, but for “Till There Was You” there is more. The legendary Beatles recorded and released this classic song on their album “With The Beatles” in 1963. The Beatles took the song and updated it with the sounds of classical guitars and a strong rhythmic beat which gives it a light and almost folk sound. The Beatles never released, “Till There Was You” as a single but they used it on the album and in many live performances. It added depth to their performances as it showed they were able to successfully perform a wide variety of styles of music. “Till There Was You” would be the only song from a musical play that The Beatles would record. It has been said that the songwriter received more royalties from the Beatles version of the song than he did from his original musical play version.
The next song featured is “Stand By Me”, which was written and recorded by Ben E. King. Ben E. King grew up attending and singing in church. His song, “Stand By Me” was based on an old gospel hymn. Ben released “Stand By Me” originally in 1961 and again in conjunction with a motion picture of the same title in 1986. This number one song has reached heights reserved for only a few. It is listed as BMI’s number 4 most performed songs of all time list. It is included on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, it received the Towering Song Award in 2012. There have been over 400 recorded cover version of this song from a wide range of artists.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” is The Shirelles’ first number one hit song from 1961. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” also makes its mark in history as the first song by an African- American girl group to become number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. This song was the first number one hit song by songwriting team Gerry Goffin and Carole King who had well over a hundred songs on the charts during the 1960’s, many of which reached the number one spot. When, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” reached number one it had been three years since an all girl group had held the spot, with The McGuire Sisters’ “Sugartime” taking the spot in 1958.