I’LL NEVER STOP LOVING YOU, Tommy Regan, Colpix #725 1964 Flipside: THIS TIME I’M LOSING YOU Here’s another great uncharted song from my collection. I’LL NEVER STOP LOVING YOU is a standard written by Nicholas Brodzsky and Sammy Cahn for the 1955 film “Love Me or Leave Me” which starred Doris Day and James Cagney. Doris Day sings this song in the movie and she is the first artist to record it. She recorded it for Columbia Records #40505 in 1955 with Percy Faith and his orchestra. “I’LL NEVER STOP LOVING YOU” was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song for the movie, but lost to “LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING” from the movie (same name).
Tommy Regan’s doowop version of I’LL NEVER STOP LOVING YOU is a great up-tempo song which was co-arranged and co-produced by one of Tommy’s best childhood friends, Tony Orlando. They grew up together in NYC. Tony Orlando compares Tommy’s voice and style to that of the late great Johnny Maestro.
To set the record straight, the Pittsburgh group The Marcels, known for their famous hit “Blue Moon,” did not sing background vocals on this recording as it has been thought by many. Recently, I spoke to Walt Maddox who is a dear friend of mine who still sings with the Marcels. Walt has been with The Marcels since 1961 and told me that the Marcels did not sing the background vocals on “I’LL NEVER STOP LOVING YOU.”
The group singing background vocals are The Halos from New York. Phil Specter used The Halos for background on Curtis Lee’s PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES and GEE, HOW I WISH YOU WERE HERE; Gene Pitney’s EVERY LITTLE BREATH I TAKE. They also backed up Barry Mann (WHO PUT THE BOMP), Ben E. King (DON’T PLAY THAT SONG), Connie Francis, Dion, Little Eva, and many other artists.
I want to thank Tony Orlando and Walt Maddox for the info that they provided.
Enjoy this great up-tempo version of “I’LL NEVER STOP LOVING YOU” by Tommy Regan!