0574 Besame Mucho – The Coasters (1960)

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Consuelo Velázquez.

Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez wrote this song in 1940. It was inspired by the classical piece Quejas, o la Maja y el Ruisenor from the 1911 suite Goyescas by Spanish composer Enrique Granados. The song was first recorded by Emilio Tuero. The Coasters released their version in 1960. The recording featured King Curtis on saxophone. Their version was released as a single in two parts.

The song became part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by Paul. They first recorded it for their Decca audition in 1962. They recorded a version at EMI Studios in 1962.That version was later released on Anthology 1 in 1995. A live version recorded at the Star-Club in 1962 was released in 1977 on the album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany: 1962. They recorded a version for BBC radio but it has never been released. They also recorded the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. That version can be heard in the 1970 movie Let It Be. Besame Mucho inspired the sound to The Beatles 1964 song Things We Said Today. 

Now Hear This : Things We Said Today – The Beatles (1964)
Besame Mucho – The Beatles (1977)
Besame Mucho – The Beatles (1995)

0442 Three Cool Cats – The Coasters (1959)

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Three Cool Cats.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote this song in 1958. It was first recorded by The Coasters that year and was released as the B-side to Charlie Brown in 1959. It was part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire. It was also part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by George. They recorded a version for their Decca audition in 1962. That version was later released on Anthology 1 in 1995. They also played the song during the Let It Be Sessions in 1969.

Now Hear This : Three Cool Cats – The Beatles (1995)

0380 Yakety Yak – The Coasters (1958)

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The Coasters.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote this song in 1958 and it was first recorded by The Coasters. It was released as a single with Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart on the B-side. It reached number one on both the R&B chart and the Billboard chart. Paul McCartney owned a copy of the single and it became part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire. It was also part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung together by John and George.

The song was covered by Merseybeat group The Fourmost in 1965. It was released on their album First And Fourmost. The Coasters recorded a number of songs The Beatles liked and recorded including Young Blood, Searchin’ and Besame Mucho. The Beatles saw The Coasters perform live when they were in Miami in 1964.

Now Hear This : Yakety Yak – The Fourmost (1965)

0317 Searchin’ – The Coasters (1957)

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, this song was first recorded by The Coasters in 1957. It was released as the B-side to Young Blood. It was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by Paul. The Beatles recorded a version in 1962 during their Decca audition. It later appeared on Anthology 1 in 1995. Paul McCartney picked the song as one of his Desert Island Discs in 1982.

Now Hear This : Searchin’ – The Beatles (1995)

0316 Young Blood – The Coasters (1957)

The Coasters.

The Coasters.

This song was written by Doc Pomus, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was first recorded by The Coasters in 1957. It was released as a single with Searchin’ on the B-side. It reached number eight on the Billboard chart and number one on the R&B chart. The song was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by George. A version recorded live at The Cavern Club in 1962 now belongs to Paul McCartney. A version recorded live for BBC radio later appeared on Live At The BBC in 1994. Leon Russell performed the song in 1971 at the Concert for Bangla Desh.
Now Hear This : Medley: Jumpin’ Jack Flash/Youngblood – George Harrison and Friends (1971)
Young Blood – The Beatles (1994)