It’ll Be Me (Jerry Lee Lewis song)

“It’ll Be Me” is a song written by Jack Clement, first released in April 1957 by Jerry Lee Lewis, as B-side to his single “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” (Sun 267).

“It’ll Be Me”
Single by Jerry Lee Lewis
A-side Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On
Released April 1957 (1957-04)
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly
Length 2:44
Label Sun
Songwriter(s) Jack Clement
Producer(s) Sam Phillips, Jack Clement
Jerry Lee Lewis singles chronology
Crazy Arms
(1956)
It’ll Be Me
(1957)
Great Balls of Fire
(1957)

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The song was written by Clement with the intention that it be the follow-up A-side to Jerry Lee Lewis’ first local hit, “Crazy Arms“. According to Clement, “We were working on a song I’d written called “It’ll Be Me”, and I was in the control room and getting tired of it, so I went out there and said, ‘Why don’t we get off of this? We’ll come back to it later, Jerry. Let’s cut something else…’.” Band member J. W. Brown suggested that Lewis play another song that had been going down well in live performances, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On”. When the single was released, “It’ll Be Me” was used as the B-side.[1]

Another (slower and shorter) version of the song, from a later recording session, was released in May 1958 on his first album Jerry Lee Lewis.

“It’ll Be Me”
Single by Cliff Richard and the Shadows
from the album 32 Minutes and 17 Seconds with Cliff Richard
B-side “Since I Lost You”
Released 31 August 1962[2]
Recorded 17 May 1962
Studio EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll
Length 1:55
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Jack Clement
Producer(s) Norrie Paramor
Cliff Richard and the Shadows singles chronology
Lessons in Love
(1962)
It’ll Be Me
(1962)
Wonderful to Be Young
(1962)

Cliff Richard and the Shadows released their version as the A-side of a single in August 1962. It reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart[3] and was a top ten hit in numerous other countries. In 1983 Richard rerecorded the song for his 25th Anniversary album Rock ‘n’ Roll Silver (exclusive to the limited edition box-set Silver).

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