Stay with Me (Lorraine Ellison song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

"Stay with Me"
Single by Lorraine Ellison
B-side"I Got My Baby Back"
ReleasedOctober 1966
Recorded1966
GenreSoul
Length3:29
LabelWarner 5850
Writer(s)Jerry Ragovoy / George David Weiss
ProducerJerry Ragovoy
 
Jump to: navigation, search
"Stay with Me"
Single by Lorraine Ellison
B-side"I Got My Baby Back"
ReleasedOctober 1966
Recorded1966
GenreSoul
Length3:29
LabelWarner 5850
Writer(s)Jerry Ragovoy / George David Weiss
ProducerJerry Ragovoy

"Stay with Me" (often credited as "Stay with Me Baby") is a song co-written by Jerry Ragovoy and George David Weiss.[1] It was first recorded in 1966 by Lorraine Ellison,[2] and produced by Ragovoy.

Ellison recorded "Stay With Me" at a last minute booking, following a studio cancellation by Frank Sinatra.[3] With a 46-piece orchestra already hired, Warner Bros. Records asked Ragovoy, with two days notice, to take over the session at no cost. Ragovoy and arranger Garry Sherman worked up an orchestral arrangement of the song, and called Ellison into the studio to record it live with the orchestra. The recording was engineered by Phil Ramone.[4][5]

"Stay With Me" was issued as a single on the Warner record label. It entered the US Billboard R&B chart on 15 October 1966, and reached #11; and peaked at #64 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Her follow-up single was "Heart Be Still", a minor hit in 1967.[6]

The track has appeared on numerous compilation albums over the years, but 2006's Sister Love: The Warner Bros. Recordings contains all Ellison's songs.[7]

Cover versions

"Stay With Me" has been covered by numerous musicians, including Bette Midler in the film The Rose. Other versions include those by The Walker Brothers, David Essex, Ruby Turner, Rebecca Wheatley, Genya Ravan, Terry Reid, Long John Baldry, Sharon Tandy and Les Fleur de Lys, Natalie Cole, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kiki Dee, Shirley Brown, Sam Brown, Trine Rein,[8] Whitesnake, Ronnie Montrose, and Duffy. Duffy's version was the only newly recorded song on the soundtrack of the 2009 UK comedy film The Boat That Rocked, even though it was the original version that appeared in the film. The first four artists' versions all reached the UK Singles Chart.[9] It was performed by Karise Eden on 17 June 2012 for her finale performance on The Voice Australia.

References

External links