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)

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)

0252 The Girl Can’t Help It– Little Richard (1956)

The Girl Can't Help It movie poster.

The Girl Can’t Help It movie poster.

The opening song to the film of the same name The Girl Can’t Help It was written by Bobby Troup and was performed by Little Richard in the film. It was recorded by him in 1956 and released as a single with All Around The World on the B-side. It reached number nine in the UK. The film and it’s soundtrack were a major influence on all The Beatles. As well as Little Richard the film also included performances from Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (Be-Bop-A-Lula), Eddie Cochran (Twenty Flight Rock) and Fats Domino (Blue Monday). The Beatles interrupted the recording session for Birthday during the making of the white album in 1968 so that they could all go to Paul’s house and watch The Girl Can’t Help It when it was first shown on British TV.

The song was been covered by Merseybeat group The Fourmost in 1965. It has also been covered by The Animals. It was also part of a Little Richard Medley performed live by Delaney and Bonnie on their 1969 tour. A version released on the 2010 deluxe edition box set of  On Tour With Eric Clapton features George Harrison on guitar. The Pete Best Band covered the song in 1999 and released it on their album Casbah Coffee Club.

Now Hear This : The Girl Can’t Help It – The Fourmost (1965)
The Girl Can’t Help It – The Pete Best Band (1999)
Little Richard Medley – Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (2010)

0239 Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers (1956)

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers.

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers.

This song was written by Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant. They were all members of Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers and they recorded the song in 1955 and it was released as a single with Please Be Mine on the B-side in 1956. It reached number one on the R&B chart and number six on the Billboard chart. The Beach Boys recorded the song in 1964 and released it as the B-side to Fun, Fun, Fun. Merseybeat group The Fourmost recorded the song in 1965 and released it as the B-side to Girls, Girls, Girls. George Harrison saw Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers live at The Empire in Liverpool in March 1957. Part of their set list included the hit I’m Not A Juvenile Delinquent.
Now Hear This : Why Do Fools Fall In Love – The Fourmost.