“Don’t Ever Change” is a cover song by The Beatles which appears on their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”.
Recorded: 1st August, 1963, for the BBC’s Pop Go The Beatles
Track Duration: 2:03
Record Label: Apple
Producer: Terry Henebery
Don’t Ever Change
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, “Don’t Ever Change” became a single by The Crickets who took it to number 5 in the UK charts during 1962. The B-side of the single was “I’m Not a Bad Guy”. However, it never made an impact on the American charts.
The Crickets were the backing band to Buddy Holly before his death on the 3rd February 1959. The chartered plane they were in crashed killing Holly, together with Ritchie Valens, JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and Roger Peterson.
The Beatles were great admirers of Buddy Holly, so much so that they were to sing at least thirteen of his songs onstage. Not only that but they recorded “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” and “Words of Love“. So, it wasn’t a surprise when the band recorded this Crickets number, “Don’t Ever Change”.
Of course, as budding stars, The Beatles were just finding their feet and would often cover songs from various artists.
Although they didn’t record “Don’t Ever Change” at the Abbey Road Studios, they did record a version for BBC Radio. They only ever recorded one version and that was on the 1st August, 1963, in the Playhouse Theatre, Manchester. This was for airing on the “Pop Go The Beatles” radio programme on the 27th August that year.
The song is special in that it features both George Harrison and Paul McCartney singing harmony vocals together. This version appears on their “Live At The BBC” album from 1994. They sing it in line with the original Crickets version and the recording is clear as well as tuneful. So, its well worth buying the compilation album because this is not available elsewhere.