I Will (The Beatles song)

Song infobox
Name = I Will
Artist = The Beatles
Album =

Released = 22 November 1968
track_no = 16 of disc 1
Recorded = 16 September 1968
Genre = Pop
Length = 1:48
Writer = Lennon/McCartney
Label = Apple Records
Producer = George Martin
Tracks = Side one
#"Back in the U.S.S.R."
#"Dear Prudence"
#"Glass Onion"
#"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
#"Wild Honey Pie"
#"The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"
#"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
#"Happiness Is a Warm Gun"Side two
  • "Martha My Dear"
    #"I'm So Tired"
    #"Rocky Raccoon"
    #"Don't Pass Me By"
    #"Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
    #"I Will"
    #"Julia"Side three
    #"Yer Blues"
    #"Mother Nature's Son"
    #"Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"
    #"Sexy Sadie"
    #"Helter Skelter"
    #"Long, Long, Long"Side four
  • "Revolution 1"
    #"Honey Pie"
    #"Savoy Truffle"
    #"Cry Baby Cry"
    #"Revolution 9"
    #"Good Night"

    "I Will" is a song by The Beatles that was released on "The Beatles". It was written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and features him on lead vocal, guitar, and "vocal bass". McCartney wrote it for Linda Eastman, his future wife. "I Will" is the first of five songs McCartney wrote for Eastman. (The other four are "Maybe I'm Amazed", " Two of Us", "The Lovely Linda" and "My Love").fact|date=July 2008


    The recording session turned into a jam session, producing the short "Can you take me back"segment that ends "Cry Baby Cry" on most versions of the album, as well as "Los Paranoias" (released on Anthology 3). This quiet song required 67 takes.

    George Harrison did not play on this. During "The Beatles" sessions, the Beatles often recorded in separate studios.fact|date=July 2008


    In the televised documentary "The Beatles Anthology", McCartney, Harrison, and Starr are shown relaxing on a blanket outside. Starr asks McCartney what he wrote in India and McCartney answers, "I Will." Then Harrison begins playing this on his ukulele while he and McCartney harmonize with it.

    An alternate version of "I Will" was released in October 1996 on the "Anthology 3" album. The alternate version was the first take of the song.

    Cover versions

    *The song has been covered by many notable artists such as Alison Krauss (in ""), Maureen McGovern (in her 1992 album "Baby I'm Yours") and Ben Taylor.
    *The song was sung in the romantic movie starring Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, "The Love Affair".
    *This song was covered as a reggae-like number by "Rocky Horror" lead Tim Curry on his album "Read My Lips".
    *A similar version of the guitar riff appears on the song "My Best Friend's Girl" by the group The Cars.
    * Sharon, Lois, and Bram, who is a Children's singing group did a version for a children's album.
    *Jonathan Coulton did a cover of the song as part of his [http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/I%20Will Thing A Week] .
    *Hugh Masekela covered "I Will" on his 1994 album "Reconstruction".
    *Art Garfunkel covered this song on his 1997 album "Songs from a Parent to a Child"
    *Diana Ross' version appears on her 2007 comeback album "I Love You".
    *Rose Melberg covered this song on her 1998 album "Portola".
    *Kevin Barnes covered this song live in Dallas, TX.
    *John Holt covered this song, and the trumpet intro is the sample used throughout Encore (Jay-Z song)


    *Paul McCartney — vocal, acoustic guitar, "vocal bass"
    *John Lennon — percussion
    *Ringo Starr — cymbals, bongos, maracas:"Credits per Ian MacDonald."cite book |first=Ian |last=MacDonald |authorlink=Ian MacDonald |title=Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties |year=2005 |pages=315 |edition=Second Revised Edition |publisher=Pimlico (Rand) |location=London |isbn=1-844-13828-3]


    External links

    * [http://www.stevesbeatles.com/songs/i_will.asp "I Will" lyrics]
    * [http://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/i-will/ The Beatles Bible: I Will]
    * [http://www.songfacts.com Song facts]
    * [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGnNQM_9q-w McCartney performing "I Will", 2005]

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