0499 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Johnny Cash (1959)

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Hymns By Johnny Cash.

This American Spiritual dates back to the 1860s. It wad first recorded in 1909 by The Fisk Jubilee Singers. The song has been covered by Fats Waller, Peggy Lee and Nina Simone. Johnny Cash covered the song in 1959. It was first released on the album Hymns By Johnny Cash.  Paul McCartney and Carl Perkins played the song during the 1993 documentary My Old Friend.

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0329 Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo – Carl Perkins (1957)

Carl Perkins.

Carl Perkins.

This song was written by Willie Perryman, better known as Piano Red. The song was first recorded by Piano Red’s brother Rufus “Speckled Red” Perryman. Carl Perkins covered the song in 1957 and it was released on his album Dance Album Of Carl Perkins. The song was covered by Gerry And The Pacemakers in 1963. It was released on the album How Do You Like It? The Beatles played the song three times during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. John sings a parody version of the song which he renames Right String, Wrong Yoko.

Now Hear This: The Wrong Yo Yo – Gerry And The Pacemakers (1963)

0326 Lend Me Your Comb – Carl Perkins (1957)

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Carl Perkins.

This song was written by Kay Twomey, Fred Wise and Bed Weisman. It was recorded by Carl Perkins in 1957 and released as the B-side to Glad All Over. It was Carl Perkins’ last single on Sun Records. The Quarrymen added it to their repertoire. It was also part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John. A live version can be heard on the 1977 album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg. Germany; 1962. They also recorded the song for BBC radio and that version was released in 1995 on the album Anthology 1. It was later released on On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 in 2013. Rory Storm and The Hurricanes recorded a version in 1965 and it was released in 2004 on Unearthed Merseybeat Vol. 2.

John Lennon played the song in 1971 during the filming of the unreleased film Clock. Wings played the song during rehearsals in 1980. Paul McCartney recorded the song during the sessions for Choba B CCCP but it was not released on the album. He sang the song in 1993 as a duet with Carl Perkins during the filming of My Old Friend.
Now Hear This : Lend Me Your Comb – The Beatles (1977)
Lend Me Your Comb – The Beatles (1995)
Lend Me Your Comb – Rory Storm and The Hurricanes (2004)

0325 Glad All Over – Carl Perkins (1957)

Glad All Over.

Glad All Over.

Glad All Over was a single for Carl Perkins in 1957. It was written by Aaron Schroeder, Sid Tepper and Roy Bennett. The B-side was Lend Me Your Comb. The song featured in the film Jamboree.The Searchers released a version in 1964 on the album It’s The Searchers. The song has also been covered by Billy Fury.

It was part of The Beatles repertoire and was sung by George. They recorded it twice for BBC radio. One version was released in 1994 on Live At The BBC. A second version was released in 2013 on On Air- Live At The BBC Volume 2. John Lennon played the song during the Plastic Ono Band sessions in 1970. George Harrison performed the song with Carl Perkins in 1985. It was released in 1986 on the album Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session. The recording also features Ringo Starr on drums.

Now Hear This: Glad All Over – The Searchers (1964)                                                    Glad All Over – Carl Perkins and Friends (1986)
Glad All Over – The Beatles (1994)
Glad All Over – The Beatles (2013)

0313 Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby – Carl Perkins (1957)

Carl Perkins.

Carl Perkins.

Carl Perkins wrote and recorded this song in 1956. It borrows from the 1930s song of the same name written by Rex Griffin. It was first released in 1957 on on the album Dance Album of…Carl Perkins. It was part of The Beatles repertoire and a live version can be heard on the 1977 album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962. Another live version recorded at Shea Stadium in 1965 was released on Anthology 2 in 1996. A version recorded for BBC radio was released in 1994 on Live At The BBC. A studio version was recorded by the group in 1964 for the album Beatles For Sale. George Harrison and Ringo Starr performed the song with Carl Perkins in 1985 with George taking lead vocals.That version appears on the 1986 album Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session.

Now Hear This : Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby – The Beatles (1964)
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby – The Beatles (1977)
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby – Carl Perkins and Friends (1986)
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby – The Beatles (1994)
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby – The Beatles (1996)

0306 Sure To Fall – Carl Perkins (1957)

Carl Perkins.

Carl Perkins.

Written by Carl Perkins, Bill Cantrell and Quinton Claunch, Sure To Fall was recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955 but wasn’t released until 1957. It was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by Paul. The Beatles recorded it for their Decca audition in January 1962. They recorded the song four time for BBC radio. One version was released on Live At The BBC in 1994 while a second version was released on On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 in 2013. They returned to the song in 1969 during the Let It Be sessions. Wings played the song during rehearsals in 1980. Ringo Starr covered the song for his 1981 album Stop And Smell The Roses. The track was produced by Paul McCartney and features Paul on bass and piano, as well as backing vocals by Linda McCartney. Merseybeat group The Fourmost covered the song in 1965. It was released on their album First And Fourmost.

Now Hear This : Sure To Fall (In Love With You) – The Fourmost (1965)
Sure To Fall – Ringo Starr (1981)
Sure To Fall – The Beatles (1994)
Sure To Fall – The Beatles (2013)

0293 Your True Love – Carl Perkins (1957)

Carl Perkins with fans.

Carl Perkins with fans.

Carl Perkins wrote this song in 1957 and it was released as the B-side of Matchbox. It reached number thirteen on the Billboard Country and Western chart. Jerry Lee Lewis played piano on the recording. Ricky Nelson covered the song the same year. The Beatles covered the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. Wings played the song during rehearsals in 1980. Your True Love was performed during the 1985 TV special Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session. That version is a duet between George Harrison and Carl Perkins and was released in 1986. Paul McCartney performed the song with Carl Perkins in 1993 on the documentary My Old Friend.
Now Hear This : Your True Love – Carl Perkins and Friends (1986)