1626 I’m Happy Just To Dance With You – The Cyrkle (1967)

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Neon.

This song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1964. The Cyrkle recorded the song in 1967. It was released on their second album Neon in 1967. The Cyrkle were managed by Brian Epstein and toured with The Beatles in 1966.

1499 Beatle-Views – The Beatles (1966)

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Beatle-Views.

This spoken word album was recorded during The Beatles’ tour of America in August 1966. It is narrated by American DJ Ken Douglas and is made up of interviews and press conferences with The Beatles. The album includes extracts from The Beatles’ press conference in Chicago on 11 August 1966. The album also includes interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison and Brian Epstein carried out by DJs Jerry Leighton, Jim Stagg and Ken Douglas. The recording includes Ken Douglas’ live report from The Beatles’ concert in Cleveland on 14 August 1966 during which a snippet of I Feel Fine can be heard in the background.  Ken Douglas’ live report from The Beatles’ concert in Memphis on 19 August 1966 is also included. The instrumental music used is by The Hollyridge Strings. The album also includes interviews with DJ Jim Stagg who was on all three of The Beatles’ American tours. The album was released on the Ring Around The Pops label in 1966.

Tracklist
Side 1
1) John – Religion And Movies
2) Paul – Songwriting
3) Ringo – Home Life
4) George – Hamburg Beginnings
Side 2
1) Paul – Impressions
2) Jim Stagg – Tour Planning
3) Jim Stagg – Beatle Hobbies
4) Jim Stagg – Future Plans

 

1448 Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle (1966)

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The Cyrkle.

This song was written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley. It was first recorded by The Cyrkle in 1966. It was released as a single with How Can I Leave Her on the B-side. It reached number two on the Billboard chart. The Cyrkle were managed by Brian Epstein and were one of the support acts on The Beatles’ 1966 American tour. This was their biggest hit at the time. The song has also been recorded by Neil Diamond, Cliff Richard, The Seekers, and Simon and Garfunkel among others. Liverpudlian singer Cilla Black recorded the song in 1969 for her album Surround Yourself With Cilla.

 Now Hear This: Red Rubber Ball – Cilla Black (1969)

1436 Don’t Answer Me – Cilla Black (1966)

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Cilla Black.

This Italian song was written by Luis Bacalov, Bruno Zambrini and Franco Migliacci and was originally titled Ti Vedo Uscire. It was recorded by Donatella Moretti in 1965. English lyrics were written by Peter Callander and the song was named Don’t Answer Me. Don’t Answer Me was first recorded by Cilla Black in 1966. It was released as a single with The Right One Is Left on the B-side. It reached number six on the UK Singles chart. Cilla Black was from Liverpool and was managed by Brian Epstein. This was her eighth top twenty hit single in the UK. The song has also been recorded by Julie Rogers and Lulu among others.

1435 Alfie – Cilla Black (1966)

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Cilla Black, Burt Bacharach and George Martin.

This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1966 movie Alfie starring Jane Asher. It was first recorded by Cilla Black in 1965. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by George Martin. The music was arranged and conducted by Burt Bacharach who plays piano on the recording.  It was released as a single in 1966 with Night Time Is Here on the B-side. It reached number nine on the UK Singles chart. Cilla Black was from Liverpool and was managed by Brian Epstein. Alfie was her seventh top twenty hit in the UK. Cilla Black’s version of the song was not used in the movie and a version by Cher was used instead. The song has also been recorded by Dionne Warwick, Kathy Keegan, Dee Dee Warwick, and Matt Monro among others.

1433 Love’s Just A Broken Heart – Cilla Black (1966)

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Love’s Just A Broken Heart.

This French song was written by Mort Shuman and Michele Vendome and was originally titled L’Amour Est Ce Qu’il Est. English lyrics were written by Kenny Lynch in 1966. It was recorded by Cilla Black in 1966 and was released as a single. The B-side was Yesterday. The single reached number five on the UK Singles chart. Cilla Black was from Liverpool and was managed by Brian Epstein. Love’s Just A Broken Heart was her sixth top twenty hit in the UK.

1339 Some Other Guy – The Big Three (1963)

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Some Other Guy.

Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Richard Barrett wrote this song in 1962 and it was first recorded by Richie Barrett. The Richie Barrett single was on George Harrison’s jukebox. Merseybeat group The Big Three recorded the song in 1963. Their version was released as their debut single with Let True Love Begin on the B-side. It reached number thirty-seven on the UK Singles chart. John Lennon had the single on his 1965 jukebox. The Big Three were managed by Brian Epstein and were signed to Decca Records.