Welcome back for another The Beatles Rarity of the Week. This time around I’m honoring a request sent to me back in November for a certain Ringo Starr track that played over the closing credits of the late 1991 John Hughes comedy film Curly Sue starring James Belushi, Kelly Lynch and Alisan Porter. The song, called “You Never Know” was written specifically for inclusion in the film. It was co-written by American lyricist John Bettis, who got his start writing for The Carpenters in 1969 and has since written for an impressively long list of other artists to include Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross, Jennifer Warnes, George Strait, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell and Whitney Houston. John has been inducted in both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The song’s producer Steve Dorff, also has a co-writer credit on the song. Steve has mainly been a writer of country music for artists such as George Strait, Clay Walker and others, and during the course of his career has been nominated for three Grammys and five Emmys.
Whether you are a fan of Ringo’s post-Beatles work or not, it can’t be denied that he has a very warm and distinctive vocal style and “You Never Know” was customized to accommodate it perfectly. Ringo, the supporting piano medley and dual lead guitar breaks (played by uncredited studio musicians) are enough to keep this song humming in your head for hours after hearing it. The song was recorded on September 14, 1991, only a month prior to the film’s box office debut and was included on the soundtrack CD/LP which was first released on November 26th, 1991 in the U.S. (January 6th, 1992 in the U.K.). It has now been out of print for quite some time. A very limited one-track CD single of the song was also released and that too is out of print and very difficult to find. Since it hasn’t seen any subsequent release over the years, “You Never Know” qualifies as just the type of rare oddity that I like to feature for BROW. Take it away Ringo!
Extra info: This week’s BROW was requested by Duane in Racine Wisconsin. Thank you Duane!
Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:
1) Curly Sue Original Soundtrack – Contain’s Ringo Starr’s “You Never Know” as featured here. Some new and used copies are available from private sellers through Amazon (new copies will command a high price as this is now out of print).
2) 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief (2 CDs) – 2013 2-CD footage of the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, includes Paul McCartney’s performances of “Helter Skelter.”