0393 Fever – Peggy Lee (1958)

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Peggy Lee and Paul McCartney.

This song was written Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell, who used the pseudonym John Davenport. It was first recorded by Little Willie John in 1956. That version reached number one on the R&B chart. Peggy Lee recorded her version in 1958. Peggy Lee’s version had rewritten lyrics different to the original version. Peggy Lee rewrote the lyrics herself but was not credited on the label. Elvis Presley, Helen Shapiro, The Kingsmen and The McCoys are among the artists that have covered the song.

The song was part of Rory Storm & The Hurricanes’ repertoire and was sung by Lu Walters. It was one of three demo recordings made in Hamburg by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles and Ringo Starr and Lu Walters of Rory Storm & The Hurricanes in October 1960. The recordings have since been lost. The beginning of the song influenced the beginning of The Beatles’ 1963 song Do You Want To Know A Secret. Tony Sheridan recorded the song in 1966 with Star Combo and it was release on the album Meet The Beat.

Now Hear This : Do You Want To Know A Secret – The Beatles (1963)
Fever – Tony Sheridan With Star Combo (1966)

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