0797 Mister Moonlight – Dr. Feelgood And The Interns (1962)

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Mister Moonlight.

This song was written by Roy Lee Johnson in 1962. It was first recorded by Dr. Feelgood And The Interns with Roy Lee Johnson on lead vocals. It was released as the B-side to Doctor Feel-Good. It became part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John Lennon. A live version recorded in 1962 was released in 1977 on the album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962. They recorded the song in 1964 for their album Beatles For Sale. An edit of takes 1 and 4 was released in 1995 on the album Anthology 1.

The song was also part of the repertoires of The Big Three and The Merseybeats. The Merseybeats recorded the song in 1963.They released it as the B-side to I Think Of You. A live version recorded by The Pete Best Band in Liverpool in 1988 was  released in 1992 on the album Live At The Adelphi, Liverpool 1988. The song has also been recorded by The Hollies.

Now Hear This : Mister Moonlight – The Merseybeats (1963)
Mr. Moonlight – The Beatles (1964)
Mr. Moonlight – The Beatles (1977)
Mr. Moonlight – The Pete Best Band (1992)
Mr. Moonlight – The Beatles (1995)

0765 Soldier Of Love (Lay Down Your Arms) – Arthur Alexander (1962)

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Soldiers Of Love.

Buzz Cason and Tony Moon wrote this song in 1962. It was first recorded by Arthur Alexander. It was released as the B-side to Where Have You Been (All My Life). It was wrongly called Soldiers Of Love on the British single. It was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John Lennon. The Beatles recorded the song for BBC radio. Their version was released in 1994 on the album Live At The BBC. Soldier Of Love influenced three of The Beatles’ songs, Not A Second Time, It Won’t Be Long, and All I’ve Got To Do. All three songs were released on their 1963 album With The Beatles. The Beatles also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The Merseybeats recorded the song in 1965. Their version was released in 2005 on the album Unearthed Merseybeat Volume 3.

Now Hear This : Not A Second Time – The Beatles (1963)
It Won’t Be Long – The Beatles (1963)
All I’ve Got To Do – The Beatles (1963)
Soldier Of Love (Lay Down Your Arms) – The Beatles (1994)
Soldier Of Love – The Merseybeats (2004)

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)

0662 Good Good Lovin’ – James Brown And The Famous Flames (1959)

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Paul McCartney and James Brown.

This song was written by Albert Shubert and James Brown. It was first recorded by James Brown And The Famous Flames in 1959. It was released as a single with Don’t Let It Happen To Me on the B-side. It was later released in 1960 on the album Think! The Mearsybeats covered the song in 1965 and released it as the B-side to their single I Love You, Yes I Do.

Now Hear This : Good Good Lovin’ – The Mearsybeats (1965)

0659 I Love You, Yes I Do – James Brown And The Famous Flames (1961)

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James Brown.

This song was written by Sally Nix and Henry Glover and was first recorded by Bull Moose Jackson and His Buffalo Bearcats in 1947. Bull Moose re-recorded the song in 1961. James Brown And The Famous Flames covered the song that same year. They released it as a single with Just You And Me, Darling on the B-side. It reached number seventeen on the R&B chart. A live version was released as part of a medley on the 1963 album Live At the Apollo. The Merseybeat covered the song in 1965 and released it as a single with another James Brown song, Good, Good Lovin’,  on the B-side.

Now Hear This : I Love You, Yes I Do – The Merseybeats (1965)

0510 Hello, Young Lovers – Andy Williams (1959)

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Andy Williams Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein.

This show tune was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein for their musical The King and I in 1951. It was sung by Deborah Kerr (voiced-over by Marni Nixon) in the 1956 film version of the musical. The song has been covered by Perry Como, The Deep River Boys and Frank Sinatra. Andy Williams covered the song in 1959. His version was released on the album Andy Williams Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein. The Merseybeats covered the song in 1964 and it was released on their début album The Merseybeats.

Now Hear This : Hello, Young Lovers – The Merseybeats (1964)

0403 All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers (1958)

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Phil Everly And Paul McCartney.

This song was written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant in 1958. It was recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1958 and features Chet Atkins on guitar. It was released as a single with Claudette on the B-side. The Merseybeats covered the song in 1962. It was released in 2004 on the album Unearthed Merseybeat Vol 2. The song was part of  The Quarrymen’s and The Beatles’ repertoire. Paul later said “When we first heard it, it blew us away”.

Now Hear This : All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Merseybeats (2004)