Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote this song and it was first recorded by The Drifters in 1960. They released their version as a single with Nobody But Me on the B-side. It reached number one on the Billboard chart and the R&B chart. In the UK it reached number two on the Singles chart. The song has been covered by Jerry Lee Lewis, Buck Owens, Paul Anka and Ike and Tina Turner among others.
The Swinging Blue covered the song in 1964. It was released on their album Blue Jeans A’Swinging. Tony Sheridan also released a version in 1964. His version was released on the album Just A Little Bit Of Tony Sheridan. The song was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John Lennon. They played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.The Beatles 1968 song Hey Jude is loosely based on Save The Last Dance For Me. George Harrison played the song during a jam with Phil Spector in 1971. Harry Nilsson covered the song in 1974 for his album Pussy Cats. The album was produced by John Lennon and Save The Last Dance For Me includes Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voormann on bass.
Now Hear This : Save The Last Dance For Me – Tony Sheridan (1964)
Save The Last Dance For Me – The Swinging Blue Jeans (1964)
Hey Jude – The Beatles (1968)
Save The Last Dance For Me – Harry Nilsson (1974)