- Save the Last Dance for Me
Name = Save the Last Dance for Me
Cover size =
B-side = "
Nobody But Me"
Released = 1960
Format = 7" (45 rpm)
Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller
Audio sample? =
Last single = "Lonely Winds"
This single = "Save the Last Dance for Me"
Next single = "I Count the Tears"
Misc ="Save the Last Dance for Me" is the title of a popular song, written by
Doc Pomusand Mort Shuman, that was first recorded in 1960by Ben E. Kingand The Drifters.
The Drifters' version of the song spent three non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the U.S. pop chart, in addition to logging one week atop the U.S. R&B chart. [Whitburn, Joel (1996). "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits", 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)] In the UK, the Drifters' recording reached #2 in December 1960. [ [http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=2726 Drifters UK Singles chart data at chartstats.com] ] This single was produced by
Jerry Lieberand Mike Stoller, two noted American music producers who at the time had an apprentice relationship with a then-unknown Phil Spector. Although he was working with Lieber and Stoller at the time, it is unknown whether Spector assisted with the production of this record; however, many Spector fans have noticed similarities between this record and other music he would eventually produce on his own. [Bronson, Fred (2003). "The Billboard Book of #1 Hits", 5th Edition (Billboard Publications)]
In the song, the narrator tells his lover she is free to mingle and socialize throughout the evening, but to make sure to save him one dance at the end of the night. The song is likely based on the personal experience of songwriter Pomus, who had
polioand used crutches to get around and could not dance. His wife, however, was a Broadway actress and dancer. The song gives his perspective of plaintively telling his wife to have fun dancing, but reminds her who will be taking her home and "in whose arms you're gonna be." [http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/elvis_presley_doc_pomus_mort_shuman.shtml]
*Later in 1960, American female R&B singer Damita Jo recorded an "
answer record" to "Save the Last Dance for Me". Her song, entitled "I'll Save the Last Dance for You", peaked at #22 on the " Billboard" pop chart in December 1960. [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=379&cfgn=Singles&cfn=The+Billboard+Hot+100&ci=3070009&cdi=8782629&cid=12%2F05%2F1960 Damita Jo Hot 100 chart data at billboard.com] ]
*The song was subsequently covered by Ike and
Tina Turneron the Phil Spector-produced 1966 album "River Deep, Mountain High", with the lyrical point of view changed to be that of the female instead of the male.
The Beatleshad recorded the song for their 1970 album " Let It Be", but it was later decided not to include the song on the album by the time of its release.
Harry Nilssonrecorded the song and included it on his album, " Pussy Cats", in 1974; this version was produced by John Lennon.
*Also in 1974, the Canadian group
The DeFranco Familyreached #18 on the "Billboard" pop chart with their version of "Save the Last Dance for Me", with lead vocals sung by the 14 year old group member Tony DeFranco. [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=379&cfgn=Singles&cfn=The+Billboard+Hot+100&ci=3070788&cdi=8860923&cid=06%2F22%2F1974 DeFranco Hot 100 chart data at billboard.com] ]
country music singer-songwriterRon Shaw recorded the song on Pacific Challenger Records; this version reached the Top 40on the "Billboard" country music chart.
Emmylou Harrisand Dolly Partonalso each recorded versions of the song (Harris in 1979after learning that Shaw's version had been successful, and Parton in 1984); both singers' recordings reached the top ten on the U.S. country singles charts.
*Actor and sometimes singer
Bruce Willishas also performed a cover of this song.
diva Dalidahas performed a French version of the song, Garde bien la dernier dance pour moi.
*In 2005, Canadian
pop standardssinger Michael Bublérecorded a version of "Save the Last Dance for Me" that was included on his album, "It's Time". This version of the song first made the American music charts as a dance recording that was listed as being remixed by " Ralphi Rosarioand Eddie Baez". The remixes peaked at #22 on the "Billboard" dance chart in September 2005. [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=359&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Dance+Club+Play&ci=3060853&cdi=8416714&cid=09%2F24%2F2005 Bublé Dance Club Play chart data at billboard.com] ] In early 2006, the album version of the song was released to radio, and it peaked at #5 on the "Billboard" adult contemporary chart [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=341&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Adult+Contemporary+Tracks&ci=3065990&cdi=8600745&cid=04%2F29%2F2006 Bublé Adult Contemporary chart data at billboard.com] ] as well as reaching #99 on the Hot 100 chart. [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=379&cfgn=Singles&cfn=The+Billboard+Hot+100&ci=3066007&cdi=8601544&cid=04%2F29%2F2006 Bublé Hot 100 chart data at billboard.com] ] Bublé also sings the song at the end of the 2005 film " The Wedding Date", which starred Debra Messingand Dermot Mulroney.
*In 2007, dance group S.H.Y. recorded a dance version of "Save the Last Dance for Me".
*The original version of "Save the Last Dance for Me" as performed by the Drifters is featured in the first season finale of the North American version of "Queer as Folk". In a memorable scene from this episode,
Brian Kinneydances with Justin Taylorto this song at Justin's senior prom, which is immediately followed by Justin being attacked by a fellow student in a parking garage.
*The song ranked #182 on "
Rolling Stone"'s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, making it the second-highest charting Drifters song on the list, behind "Up on the Roof".
* [http://www.dollyon-line.com/archives/lyrics/savdance.shtml Save the Last Dance for Me lyrics at Dolly Parton On-Line]
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