THE TWILIGHTS
Yes I Will
(Gerry Goffin - Russ Titelman)
Australia 1966

January 1966

Single on Columbia, B-side of  You Got Soul (#25 Sydney #29 Melbourne #25 Brisbane #8 Adelaide #14 Perth).

Further reading: Yes I Will at Wikipedia.

THE HOLLIES
Yes I Will
(Gerry Goffin - Russ Titelman)
UK 1965
Original version
#9 UK

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Single on Parlophone.


Of the two writers, Gerry Goffin (1939–2014) is the better known, as songwriting partner with his wife Carole King.

Russ Titelman (b. 1944), a singer-guitarist-composer who was an early associate of Phil Spector, became known as a producer for the likes of Eric Clapton, Little Feat, George Harrison, and Brian Wilson. He also wrote a number of choice but often overlooked songs in the 60s, notably the sublime What Am I Gonna Do With You (Hey Baby), written with Gerry Goffin and recorded by The Inspirations, The Chiffons, Lesley Gore and Skeeter Davis.

See also Little Pattie - Little Things Like That, another Titelman co-composition.

Further reading: 1. Some Russ Titelman compositions are listed in a Spectropop post by Declan Meehan, for whom Titelman is one of the greatest unsung co-writers or writers... especially in the girl group genre.  2. Again at Spectropop, Mike Edwards also lists some of Titelman's songs and co-writers. 3. Annotated playlist from a Spanish radio show dedicated to Titelman productions and compositions (at Flor de Pasion). 4. Timothy White interviews Russ Titelman (Billboard, 1996, reprinted at Spectropop.com


Later versions:

THE MONKEES
I'll Be True To You
(Gerry Goffin - Russ Titelman)
USA 1966
Later version

October 1966

Yes I Will with a different title, on their first album The Monkees (1966).

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