When was it recorded? Aug. 1, 1963
When was it first released, and on which album? Nov. 30, 1994 on “Live at the BBC”
Who wrote it? Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Have I heard this song before? No
What my research dug up:
Gerry Goffin and Carole King – who I profiled on Day 35: “Chains” – also wrote “Don’t Ever Change” in 1961. It’s not as well known as some of their other songs, but a version by The Crickets – whose influence on the Beatles I talked a bit about on Day 43: “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” – was popular in the UK.
The Beatles recorded their version of “Don’t Ever Change” for BBC radio’s “Pop Go the Beatles” on Aug. 1, 1963, and it aired on Aug. 27. It wasn’t released on an album until 1994’s “Live at the BBC” compilation. Both Wikipedia and the Beatles Bible delight in pointing out this song “was a rare harmony duet between Paul McCartney and George Harrison.” Here’s a video featuring cute pictures of those two together.
I think calling this song simple might be an understatement. The material’s pretty thin, but I enjoy the feeling Paul and George put into the Beatles’ version. It’s nice, but I don’t think “Don’t Ever Change” is one song I’m going to rush out to buy.