Billboard #1 Hits: #44: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”- The Shirelles. January 30, 1961- #1 for 2 weeks. Released on Scepter Records. Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Genre: R&B. Time: 2:43. B-side:”Boys” Grade: A+
“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”-was the first #1 hit by an all-black girl group. The single went to #4 in the UK. The b-side: “Boys” would be covered by The Beatles-sung by Ringo on their first album “Please Please Me” in 1963. When The Shirelles were first presented with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” their lead singer Shirley Owens was at first against recording it because she thought it sounded ‘too country.” Owens changed her mind when they added strings to the arrangement. On Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs Ever issue- “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” ranked #126. Billboard named it #3 on their 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs Of All- Time list.