The music for Jesus Christ Superstar
appeared long before the play. When Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice pitched the project, MCA Records had them first write one song to test the waters. That was "Superstar
." Released as a single in 1969 with Murray Head on vocals, it did just well enough to warrant an album, which was issued the following year. In 1971, prior to the Broadway production, "I Don't Know How To Love Him" was released as a single, building interest in the play. In a Songfacts interview with Tim Rice
, he said: "Ironically, the whole thing was not what we'd aimed for, because we were still really trying to write for the theatre, and this album was a kind of demonstration record."