Best Cover Songs 2 - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

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There are some songs that are timeless. They transcend eras, musical styles, fashions, trends and go straight to one's heart. They evoke such emotions in the listener that no one is safe from their pull. The words are usually simple yet magical. The musical arrangement is usually catchy but not bombastic. There are no vocal gymnastics but a gentle, heartfelt melody.

In the first of this series we fell for the fabulous 'You are always on my mind'. It is no surprise that we will fall again to the wonderful words of Carole King when we are faced with that everlasting question, a question that taxes most lovers.

A question for the morning after the night before.


Will you still love me tomorrow?

The Shirelles
The Shirelles

The Shirelles

#2 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow


Tonight you're mine completely,


You give your love so sweetly,


Tonight the light of love is in your eyes,


But will you love me tomorrow?


Struggling song writers Carole King and Gerry Goffin had just had their first child. Goffin was working a day job at a chemists and the tired couple, basking in the glow of parenthood, came up with these immortal lines. Little did they know that this would be the making of them.



The all girl Group Shirelles released this song with a 'B' side Boys for their Scepter label in 1960. The lead singer Shirley Owens wasn't too enamored by this single as she felt it was too 'country' for her tastes. A string arrangement was added. She needn't have worried, the song went straight to number one spot in the Billboard charts in 1961, making the Shirelles the first all-girl american band to have a number one!

Brenda Lee

Brenda's Back again...


Is this a lasting treasure,
Or just a moment's pleasure,
Can I believe the magic of your sighs,
Will you still love me tomorrow?


Brenda Lee, who covered out previous track 'Always on My mind' so well is never one to miss a chance when she spots a good number. She covered the song in her own Album in 1961 called 'Emotions'. Yet again with her beautiful vocals and the lilting, catchy rhythm she makes the song her own.


The cover versions simply took off from then on. singers like Mike Berry, Ronnie James Dio, Ben E. King and the group The Kestrels all covered the song in the following two years.

Françoise Hardy

Françoise, Ce Soir...


French hottie, the beautiful Françoise Hardy, covered the song in 1968. This was released in her album called 'En Anglais' in Europe . The US version of the album was called 'Loving'.

However, she did sing it in English. Her elegant, accented vocals lend an extra edge to the silky sensuousness of the already heady number. Such is the French chic.

Françoise Hardy photographed by Jean-Marie Périer
Françoise Hardy photographed by Jean-Marie Périer

Dusty Springfield

Dusty!


The song became a behemoth. Everyone and their uncle wanted to cover it.


The 'white queen of the soul', Dusty Springfield covered the song for her 1964 album, 'A Girl Called Dusty'. Her husky vocals and magical renditions enchanted many.


She didn't just stop with just one language. She recorded a French language version called

'Demain tu peux changer' - ' Tomorrow you can change'

Each version equally melodious and captivating. But I must admit there is a certain extra va va voom to hearing the song in French. C'est magnifique!

I couldn't resist putting this version on here, so you can judge for yourself.

Swedish: Lil Malmkvist

Cantonese: Alan Tam and Shirley Kwan

Spanish: Jennifer Peña

Transcending Language barriers

A catchy tune and its wonderful marriage with powerful lyrics cannot be contained by mere language barriers. In the first of the many international versions of the Carole King classic the earliest contender came from across the Atlantic.


The Shirelles version had reached Europe and was such a hit. A young Swedish singer called Lil Malmkvist covered the song in her native language and called it


'Hur blir det i morgon' which simply means ' What about tomorrow?'

Needless to say it was a big hit in her country in 1961.


After Dusty Springfield's French version, Angus Tung wrote a Mandarin version in 1989. This was subsequently rendered in Cantonese and made a highly successful duet for chinese singers Alan Tam and Shirley Kwan.



In 1997 a Spanish Version was recorded by Jennifer Peña on her album Jennifer y los Jetz entitled "Cuando Despierte Mañana". You can see how even though it may cross language barriers, the melody and meaning do not get lost in translation. The Spanish beat adds some oomph to the proceedings and almost makes it a very danceable ditty.




French: Dusty Springfield

French Version Lyrics


Demain tu peux changer


Ce soir tu es près de moi

Ton coeur ne bat que pour moi

Ce soir tu dis que tu m'aimes à jamais

Mais demain tu peux changer


Pour nous deux est -ce un amour

Une vie vaut bien deux jours

Le temps qui va , je voudrais l'arrêter

Car demain tu peux changer


Oh j'ai si peur de pleurer

Quand le soleil va se lever

Car ce bonheur d'aujourd'hui

Il se peut que demain je l'oublie


Mais moi je t'ai pour longtemps

je n'adore que toi tout ton temps

Alors dis-moi que j'ai tort de le penser

Que demain tu peux changer


Oh oui dis-moi que j'ai tort de penser

Que demain tu peux changer

Que demain tu peux changer -

non non , jamais tu ne dois changer .

Spanish Version Lyrics




Cuando Despierte Mañana



Hoy me darás tus besos

Tu corazón completo

Pero no se si a mi lado estarás

Cuando despierte mañana


Será tu amor un sueño

Será tu amor sincero

No se si al fin a mi lado estarás

Cuando despierte mañana


Hoy veo en tus ojos

Mi sueño hacerse realidad

Que pasara mañana?

Me amaras, o me olvidaras?


Quiero entender tus besos

Ese amor que yo veo

Dime que tú a mi lado estarás

Cuando despierte mañana


Hoy veo en tus ojos

Mi sueño hacerse realidad

Que pasara mañana?

Me amaras, o me olvidaras?


Quiero entender tus besos

Ese amor que yo veo

Dime que tú a mi lado estarás

Cuando despierte mañana

Cuando despierte mañana

Cuando despierte mañana

Distant shores, Dulcet tones

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Carole King

The songwriter sings...


Tonight with words unspoken,
You said that I'm the only one,
But will my heart be broken,
When the night (When the night)
Meets the morning sun.


Eventually, Carole King, the songwriter, performed the song in her 1971 album called Tapestry. Supported by James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, this was a popular rendition of this timeless tune. Carole's vocals lend a certain emotional lilt that is soulful and stirs the heart.



The songstresses kept vying with each other across genres and ages to cover this song. Many other include Linda Ronstadt, Lorrie Morgan, Dionne Warwick, Cher, Roberta Flack, Patti LaBelle, Dianne Reeves and Debbie Gibson.

The Four Seasons

Smokey Robinson

Bryan Ferry

Bee Gees

The Boys chip in...


The lyrics of the song are written in a way that it lends itself to a male or female vocal with equal emphasis. The clever unisex lyrics make it pertinent for any sex to sing. So not to be outdone by the overwhelming female songstresses, the boys started chipping in with their own versions. The earliest band to cover the song was The Four Seasons.


They had a stonking #24 hit ( Billboard charts) on their hands in 1968. With unique rhythm section and a thumping beat, this was a different rendition but with the same effect on listeners who didn't seem to tire of this song, whoever sang it.



Smokey Robinson covered this in his first solo album with his unique vocals. It was a very successful solo album with great singles and an superbly melodious rendition of 'Will you still love me tomorrow'. The many male singers who then took on this number include Graham Bonnet (1977), Dave Mason (1978), Brotherhood of Man (1980), Joe Walsh (1992), and many more.


Bryan Ferry ( 1993) had a sizeable UK hit with his cover version in his unique style.


It also became a firm avourite for live performances with bands such as U2 (360 tour 2011) , Red Hot Chili Peppers ( Stadium Arcadium tour 2006-7) doing snippets or the whole song as a lead in to some of their other numbers.


The Bee Gees did a cover for the Carole King tribute album called Tapestry 2 in 1995. Carole was highly enamoured by their rendition and called this a 'definitive version'

Elton John

Neil Diamond

Big Boys Backing


Elton John suffered from serios vocal cord problems back in 1980s. He had surgery and went through a prolonged period of recovery feeling the strain of losign his golden voice. He needn't have feared. He made a triumphant return to stage at the Princes' Trust Benefit Concert in 1987 at Wembley Stadium in London.

The song he chose to sing that night : Will you still love me tomorrow. although it has not been released officially, here's the performance for your delectation.


In his 1993 album, Up on the roof: Songs from the Brill Building, Neil Diamond sang a cover version of this number. The vocal heavyweights of John and Diamond show how they put their own spin on the interpretation and make it their own.

Norah Jones

The Soul Divas

I'd like to know that your love,

Is love I can be sure of,

So tell me now and I won't ask again,


Will you still love me tomorrow?
Will you still love me tomorrow


There is a supreme version sung by multiple Grammy Award winner and soul singer, the beautiful Norah Jones. Her mellifluous voice just caresses the song in an immersive experience for the listener.


Perhaps the moist poignant version of all is the slowed down, jazzed up version by the supremely talented and woefully missed Amy Winehouse. Originally sung for the soundtrack of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the song was sunsequently released in her posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures.


Shows what a tragic loss that life has been when she could sing like this...

Amy Winehouse R.I.P ( 1983 - 2011)

Will you still love me - Female lead Poll

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A New Generation


The number of people who have covered this timeless tune runs in hundreds.. On an episode of the 10th season of American Idol last year, they had a Carole King themed day. Popular contestant James Durbin ( who eventually finished fourth) wowed with his version of this song and impressed the judges and the audience alike.

Durbin has had a turbulent teenage years due to the fact that he suffered from Aspergers type disorder and Tourette's syndrome. He showed the audience how he overcame his hurdles and sang popular numbers night after night.

Durbin's version of Will you still love me was ecstatically received.

And the story continues....


Copyright © Mohan Kumar 2012

James Durbin in American Idol

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Docmo

Copyright © Mohan Kumar 2012

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so beautiful. The song, ' Will you still love me tomorrow' is one of my all time favorites. My favorite people to perform this is Smokey and Carole. I will come back and listen to all who recorded this, You have done a magnificent job of presenting all the artists. I love the Bee gees too and Elton, I guess i could go on forever. Thank you..What a great hub..Bravo..


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Dusty Springfield has my vote for her version. I love that song. Excellent hub Docmo!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Who doesn't love that song? I had no idea that so many artists had sung it! Thanks so much for your very complete hub.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

That song is stunning and one of my absolute favourites. Wow I had no idea that so many artists had recorded it. I will be back to listen to some more versions. Thank you so much for this very informative hub.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Fascinating, Docmo, that so many famous artists recorded that song. I had no idea. My favorites are the Shirelles and Carole King. This is a beautiful tribute to the songwriters and the singers. Well done and voted Up, of course.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@Ruby - when so many good artists have covered its hard to pick a favourite- but I agree on Carole, Dusty and Smoky and strangely I also do love the Spanish and French versions. There's something magical about those romance languages. thank you for your visit.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@Cardelean, thanks for dropping by and your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed the visit.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@acaetnna- nice to see your lovely presence over here and much appreciate your visit and comments.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@drbj, there you are , again, giving me inspiration and support. Between this and your irresistible puns. I am lost for words. thank you.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@gypsy48- much appreciated. glad you love this song. I am addicted to those lyrics.But then I am an old romantic at heart.


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Wonderful hub. I love those old songs and loved this hub as well.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, what a great list of singers that have done a version of this wonderful song. I never realised that it was such a popular tune. having just listened to some of them I now have the song well and truly in my head! lol! this was great! voted up!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@Bobbirant, Thanks for the visit and comment - Much appreciated!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@Nell, isn't it amazing how many singers have covered this song. It is no wonder though judging from the quality of the melodious lyrics from a great songwriting team! Thanks for the comments.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I remember when I first heard that song...it was about midnight, and we were parkled at the end of a lonely lane in Iowa. She turned up the radio, and when it was over, I started the car and took her home.

Thanks for the memory and close call!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

C'est magnifique! You've written one of the most comprehensive hubs I've ever read about a song! As was said, I think everyone loves this song for it's romance and being a 60s love song. Your writing is superb and I doubt you left anything out! Voted all the way across and SHARED with my readers.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Aw WillStarr, what a wonderful memory you share. Songs do bring out such nostalgic ( delicious) thoughts - for a moment when you said' when it was over' I was imagining something else and not the song!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wow this is one impressive hub! I got lost in the moment enjoying all the music. You selected an amazing song to pay tribute to. Well done and thank you for the entertainment!:)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Mary, delighted you share the love of music and liked this hub. I am proud of this series of hubs- takes a lot of research and hard work but the end result is truly satisfying! Thanks very much.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Docmo...You and I are definitely on the same music wavelength! I've loved this song for decades and listened to many of the covers you listed. I also play it on piano and keyboard. When I still had a good voice, I sang it many, many times. It's a beautiful song that deserves such a tribute, and you did a magnificent job!

Jaye


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Linda, I'm glad you liked the song choice. It is one of my favourites too and hence the hub tribute. I am trying to do this series on some of the well loved tracks and also the ones that many people have covered. Suggestions welcome!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Jaye, thank you for your visit and comments. I do love this song and its various incarnations. I ma sure your own rendition would be up here with the rest!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Docmo, fantastic hub - I love this song and I loved listening to the many covers - I love The Shirelles version but am happy to swoon over Bryan Ferry's version :o)

Voted up and shared.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Julie- thank you so much. I love this song too. while we can debate about the voice- I do love watching the Fracoise Hardy version!! phew!


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Doc Sonic 4 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

This is one of the great classic songs, and you've created a great hub about it. I've always liked the version on Tapestry, and I love Dusty in any language. I hadn't heard many of the versions you have here, so it was really enjoyable to hear them.


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jackclee lm 16 months ago from Yorktown NY

One of my all time favorite song. Thanks.

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