0678 So How Come (No One Loves Me) – The Everly Brothers (1960)

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A Date With The Everly Brothers.

This song was written by husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant in 1960. It was first recorded by The Omegas. The Everly Brothers covered the song in 1960 and released it on their album A Date With The Everly Brothers. The album also included versions of Baby What You Want Me To Do, Love Hurts, Lucille and Cathy’s Clown. So How Come (No One Loves Me) became part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by George. The Beatles recorded the song for BBC radio and that version was released in 1994 on the album Live At The BBC. The Merseybeats recorded the song on a private tape in 1962. Their version was released in 2004 on the album Unearthed Merseybeat Vol 2.

Now Hear This : So How Come (No One Loves Me) – The Beatles (1994)
So How Come (No One Loves Me) – The Merseybeats (2004)

0653 Claudette – The Everly Brothers (1958)

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Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers.

Roy Orbison wrote this song in 1958. It was first recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1958 and was released as the B-side to All I Have To Do Is Dream. The single reached number one in the UK. Roy Orbison released his version of the song in 1965. The Beatles added this song to their repertoire and it was sung by Paul.

0640 Walk Right Back – Everly Brothers (1961)

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Walk Right Back.

This song was written in 1961 by Sonny Curtis. It was recorded by The Everly Brothers that same year and was released as the B-side to Ebony Eyes. The song later became the A-side. It reached number seven in the US and number one in the UK. Sonny Curtis recorded his version in 1968. The song has also been recorded by Brian Hyland, Andy Williams and Harry Nilsson. The Pete Best Band recorded the song in 1999 for their album Casbah Coffee Club.

Now Hear This : Walk Right Back – The Pete Best Band (1999)

0620 Let It Be Me – The Everly Brothers (1960)

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George Harrison and Phil Everly.

This French song was written as Je t’appartiens by Gilbert Becaud with lyrics by Pierre Delanoe. It was first recorded by Gilbert Becaud. English lyrics were written by Mann Curtis in 1957 and that version was first recorded by Jill Corey as Let It Be Me. The Everly Brothers recorded the song in 1960 and released it as a single with Sine You Broke My Heart on the B-side. The song has been covered by Chet Atkins, Andy Williams, Brenda Lee, Sonny & Cher and Bob Dylan among others.

Let It Be Me was part of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ repertoire and was sung by Lu Walters. Merseybeat group The Escorts covered the song in 1966 and released it as a single with Mad Mad World on the B-side. A live version recorded by them at The Blue Angel was released in 1982 on the album From The Blue Angel. George Harrison saw The Everly Brothers live in September 1983 and after recorded a demo of this song. It was later released on the 2012 album Early Takes: Volume 1. He also played the song on Radio Rockline in 1988.

Now Hear This : Let It Be Me – The Escorts (1966)
Let It Be Me – The Escorts (1982)
Let It Be Me – George Harrison (2012)

0594 So Sad – The Everly Brothers (1960)

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George Harrison’s handwritten lyrics to So Sad.

This song was written by Don Everly and was recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960. It was released as the B-side to Lucille. In America So Sad was the A-side with Lucille on the B-side. It reached number seven in the US but did better in the UK, reaching number four. George Harrison owned a copy of the single. He wrote down the lyrics to this song and it became part of The Beatles repertoire.

0593 Like Strangers – The Everly Brothers (1960)

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George Harrison’s handwritten lyrics for Like Strangers.

This song was written by Boudleaux Bryant and was recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960. It was released as a single with Brand New Heartache on the B-side. It reached number twenty-two in America and number eleven in the UK. It was also released on the album The Fabulous Style Of The Everly Brothers. In the UK the B-side was Leave My Woman Alone. George Harrison bought a copy of the single and this song became part of The Beatles’ repertoire. Handwritten lyrics in George’s handwriting exist.

0580 Cathy’s Clown – The Everly Brothers (1960)

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Phil and Don Everly.

Don Everly and Phil Everly wrote this song in 1960. They recorded it as The Everly Brothers that same year. They released it as a single with Always It’s You on the B-side. The single reached number one on both the Billboard chart and R&B chart. It also reached number one in the UK. The Beatles were big fans of The Everly Brothers. George Harrison saw them perform live at The Empire Theatre in April 1960.

This song became part of their repertoire and they played it during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The Everly Brothers’ vocal style was an influence on John and Paul’s. This song was an influence on the vocal line in The Beatles’ song Please Please Me.  Paul says “take it Phil” in one take of The Beatles’ song Two Of Us (released on Anthology 3) and mentions “Phil and Don” in Wings’ song Let ‘Em In. The song was also part of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ repertoire and was sung by Lu Walters. A home recording made by them in 1960 was released in 2012 on the album Live At The Jive Hive March 1960.

Now Hear This : Please Please Me – The Beatles (1963)
Let ‘Em In – Wings (1976)
Two Of Us – The Beatles (1996)
Cathy’s Clown – Rory Storm And The Hurricanes (2012)