When was it recorded? Jun. 1, 1963
When was it first released, and on which album? Nov. 30, 1994 on “Live at the BBC”
Who wrote it? Bill Cantrell, Quinton Claunch, and Carl Perkins
Have I heard this song before? No
What my research dug up:
We all know who Carl Perkins is at this point. I couldn’t find much individual information on Bill Cantrell, but Quinton Claunch’s Wikipedia page had information on both men. Claunch joined country music group the Blue Seal Pals in 1943, where he met Cantrell, who was already a member of the band. The group was “a staple of the Grand Old Opry” (Wikipedia), but Claunch moved from Nashville to Memphis after marrying in 1948. Here he got a gig playing guitar for Sun Records.
Quoth Wikipedia, “[Claunch] and Cantrell then decided to form their own record label, Hi Records, in 1957, with Ray Harris and Joe Cuoghi. Claunch was also responsible for record production, and for songwriting; in total, he is credited with over 200 original compositions at BMI, mostly in conjunction with other writers.” Claunch quit and rejoined the company a few times over the years but didn’t leave permanently until the mid-1990s. I could only find a birth date for him, so I assume he’s still kicking around.
Perkins recorded the first version of “Sure to Fall (in Love with You)” in Dec. 1955. It was intended to be his follow-up single to “Blue Suede Shoes,” and a test pressing was made. The single wasn’t issued at that time though, instead appearing on 1957’s “Dance Album of Carl Perkins” and 1961’s “Teen Beat: The Best of Carl Perkins.” The latter album is reportedly the one the Beatles heard.
The Beatles performed “Sure to Fall” in their early live shows, and the song appeared during their Decca Records audition Jan. 1, 1962.
Beyond that, the Fab Four recorded the tune four times for BBC radio.
- Recorded Jun. 1, 1963 for “Pop Go the Beatles” (aired Jun. 18)
- Recorded Sept. 3, 1963 for the final “Pop Go the Beatles” (aired Sept. 24)
- Recorded Mar. 31, 1964 for “Saturday Club” (aired Apr. 4)
- Recorded May 1, 1964 for “From Us to You” (aired May 18)
The first version appeared on “Live at the BBC.”
The final version appeared on “On Air – Live at the BBC Vol. 2.”
Ringo later recorded “Sure to Fall” for this 1981 album “Stop and Smell the Roses.” This version also features Paul on the bass and piano.
That album cover might be my new favorite album cover from the 1980s.
I like the song a bit, but I’m also on the edge of sleep right now and “Sure to Fall” is pushing me over it. I’ll need keener senses to fully appreciate this one tomorrow.