0744 Fortune Teller – Benny Spellman (1962)

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Fortune Teller.

This song was written by Allen Toussaint under the pseudonym Naomi Neville. It was first recorded by Benny Spellman in 1962. It was released as the B-side to Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette). The single reached number twenty-eight on the R&B chart. The song has also been recorded by The Rolling Stones, The Hollies and The Who. The Merseybeats covered the song in 1963 and released it as the B-side to It’s Love That Really Counts. A version recorded by King Size Taylor and The Dominoes in 1963 was released on the album Unearthed Merseybeat Volume One in 2003. Fortune Teller was an influence on The Beatles’ 1963 song I Wanna Be Your Man from their album With The Beatles.

Now Hear This : Fortune Teller – The Merseybeats (1963)
I Wanna Be Your Man – The Beatles (1963)
Fortune Teller – King Size Taylor and The Dominoes (2003)

0473 The Hippy Hippy Shake – Chan Romero (1959)

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Stuart Sutcliffe’s handwritten lyrics for The Hippy Hippy Shake.

Chan Romero wrote and recorded this song in 1959. It was released as a single. The B-side was If I Had My Way. The song was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by Paul. A live version recorded in 1962 was released in 1977 on the album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962. Handwritten lyrics in Stuart Sutcliffe’s handwriting exist. The Beatles recorded the song a total of five times for BBC radio. Their first version, recorded in July 1963, pre-dates The Swinging Blue Jeans, hit version released in December 1963.

Three BBC versions have been released. The first version was released in 1994 on Live At The BBC. Two versions were released in 2013. One version was released on the album On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 and another version was released on The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. The Beatles also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The song has also been recorded by Liverpudlian singer Billy Fury. Merseybeat group Denny Seyton & The Sabres recorded a version in 1964 for their album It’s The Gear. King Size Taylor & The Dominoes released their version on their 1964 German album Shakers’ Twist Club.

Now Hear This : Hippy Hippy Shake – The Swinging Blue Jeans (1963)
Hippy, Hippy Shake – King Size Taylor & The Dominoes (1964)
Hippy Hippy Shake – Denny Seyton & The Sabres (1964)
Hippy Hippy Shake – The Beatles (1977)
Hippy Hippy Shake – The Beatles (1994)
Hippy Hippy Shake – The Beatles (2013)
Hippy Hippy Shake – The Beatles (2013)

0470 Memphis, Tennessee – Chuck Berry (1959)

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John Lennon and Chuck Berry.

Sometimes shortened to Memphis, this song was written by Chuck Berry. It was recorded by Chuck Berry in 1959 and released as the B-side to Back In The U.S.A. In the UK, the song was re-released in 1963 and reached number six in the singles chart. The same year Dave Berry and The Cruisers had a top twenty hit with the song in the UK and Johnny Rivers’ version reached number two in the US. Chuck Berry recorded a sequel, Little Marie, in 1964. It was released as a single and on his album St. Louis To Liverpool. The song has been covered by The High Numbers (later The Who), The Animals and The Dave Clark Five among others.

King Size Taylor & The Dominoes recorded the song in 1964 and released it on the album Sharkers’ Twist Club. A version recorded by Lee Curtis And The All-Stars was released on the album Star-Club Show 3 in 1965. The Quarrymen covered the song in 2004 for their album Songs We Remember. The Beatles added the song to their repertoire and John sang the lead vocals. They first recorded the song in 1962 during their auditions for Decca. They recorded the song for BBC radio a total of five times. One version was released in 1994 on the album Live At The BBC. Another version was released in 2013 on the album On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2. John Lennon played the song during a jam session in 1972. He also performed the song live with Chuck Berry in 1972.

Now Hear This : Memphis, Tennessee – King Size Taylor & The Dominoes (1964)
Memphis, Tennessee – Lee Curtis And The All-Stars (1965)
Memphis, Tennessee – The Beatles (1994)
Memphis, Tennessee – The Quarrymen (2004)
Memphis, Tennessee – The Beatles (2013)

0453 Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong (1959)

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Barrett Strong.

This early single from the Tamla label was written by Janie Bradford and Berry Gordy. It was first recorded in 1959 by Barrett Strong. The B-side was Oh I Apologize. The single was released in the UK on London American Recordings in 1960. The song has been covered by Freddie And The Dreamers, The Rolling Stones and The Kingsmen. Merseybeat group The Searchers covered the song in 1963. King Size Taylor & The Dominoes also covered the song in 1963. The Liverbirds, an all-girl group from Liverpool, covered the song in 1965. A version by Merseybeat group The Undertakers was released in 1996 on the album Undertakers Unearthed.

Two versions have been recorded live at The Star-Club in Hamburg. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version that was released on his 1964 album Live at The Star Club, Hamburg. A version by Johnny and The Hurricanes was released in 1980.

Money was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John. The song lyrics inspired part of the lyrics to the Johnny Gentle song I’ve Just Fallen For Someone. The song was co-written by John Lennon and Johnny Gentle during their 1960 tour of Scotland. Johnny Gentle released the song as a single in 1962 under the name Darren Young. The Beatles first recorded Money for their Decca audition in 1962. They recorded a studio version in 1963 and it was released on their album With The Beatles. They performed the song six times for BBC radio and one version was released in 2013 on On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2. A second version was also released in 2013 on The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. An alternate version (RM 7 Undubbed) was also released on The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. They performed the song live and a live version recorded for Swedish radio in 1963 was released in 1995 on Anthology 1. The single was on both John Lennon’s 1965 jukebox and George Harrison’s 1966 jukebox. The Beatles also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. John Lennon performed the song live in 1969. That version was released on the album Live Peace In Toronto.

Now Hear This : I’ve Just Fallen For Someone – Darren Young (1962)
Money – The Searchers (1963)
Money – King Size Taylor & The Dominoes (1963)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (1963)
Money – The Liverbirds (1965)
Money (That’s What I Want) – John Lennon (1969)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (1995)
Money – The Undertakers (1996)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (2013)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (2013)
Money (That’s What I Want) (RM 7 Undubbed) – The Beatles (2013)

0217 Long Tall Sally – Little Richard (1956)

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The Beatles with Little Richard.

Long Tall Sally was written by Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell and Richard Penniman (Little Richard) and was originally called The Thing. It was first recorded by Little Richard in 1956. It was released as a single with Slippin’ And Slidin’ on the B-side. It reached number one on the R&B Chart and number six on the Pop Chart. John Lennon said that when he first heard the song “It blew our heads”. He first heard it on a 78″ from Belgian, released on the Ronnex label.

It was one of the first rock ‘n’ roll songs Paul McCartney learnt to play. The song was part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire. It became part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by Paul. A live version recorded in 1962 was released on the 1977 album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962 and a live version recorded in 1964 was released on the 1977 album The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl. A version recorded for the 1964 TV special Around The Beatles was released in 1995 on the album Anthology 1. The Beatles also recorded the song for BBC radio and one version was released in 1994 on the album Live At The BBC. A second version was released in 2013 on the album On Air-Live At The BBC Volume 2. A third version was released in 2013 on the album The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. The Beatles recorded the song in the studio in 1964 and that version was released on the EP Long Tall Sally. Long Tall Sally later influenced The Beatles song I’m Down from 1965.

George Harrison performed the song live as part of a Little Richard Medley while playing in Delaney and Bonnie’s band in 1969. A live version with George playing guitar was released on the 2010 deluxe edition box set of On Tour With Eric Clapton.John Lennon played the song during the rehearsals for the One To One Concert at Madison Square Garden, New York in 1972. John mentions the song in his own song, New York City, from the 1972 album Some Time In New York City. The song was also part of Wings repertoire and they played it during their 1972 and 1973 tours. Paul McCartney has also performed the song live and a live version recorded at the Prince’s Trust Concert in 1987 was released as single. It was also part of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes repertoire while Ringo Starr was in the band. The single was included on John Lennon’s 1965 jukebox and it was one of the songs picked in 2007 by Paul McCartney on BBC Radio 1 Legends.

The song has been recorded by serial Merseybeat groups including The Merseybeats (from the EP The Merseybeats on Stage), The Swinging Blue Jeans (from Blue Jeans a’Swinging), The Big Three (unreleased), King Size Taylor & The Dominoes (from Shakers’ Twist Club) and The Roadrunners (from Twist-Time Im Star-Club Hamburg 4).

It has also been covered by Pat Boone, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Wanda Jackson, Gene Vincent and The Kinks among others. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version live at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany in 1964.

Now Hear This : Long Tall Sally – The Beatles (1964)
Long Tall Sally – The Merseybeats (1964)
Long Tall Sally – Swinging Blue Jeans (1964)
Long Tall Sally – King Size Taylor & The Dominoes (1964)
Long Tall Sally – The Roadrunners (1964)
I’m Down – The Beatles (1965)
New York City – John Lennon (1972)
Long Tall Sally  – The Beatles (1977)
Long Tall Sally – The Beatles (1977)
Long Tall Sally – Paul McCartney (1987)
Long Tall Sally – The Beatles (1994)
Long Tall Sally – The Beatles (1995)
Little Richard Medley – Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (2010)
Long Tall Sally – The Beatles (2013)
Long Tall Sally  – The Beatles (2013)