1509 Please Please Me – The Score (1966)

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Please Please Me.

Please Please Me was written by John Lennon but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1962 and released in 1963. It was recorded by The Score in 1966. It was produced by Noel Walker and released as a single on the Decca label. The B-side was Beg Me.

0966 Please Please Me – The Beatles (1963)

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Please Please Me.

This song was written by John Lennon but is credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1962. That version was released in 1995 on their album Anthology 1. They re-recorded the song in 1963 and released it as a single with Ask Me Why on the B-side. It reached number one on the NME and Melody Maker charts. The single was released in America in 1963 and re-released in 1964 with From Me To You on the B-side. The 1964 release reached number three on the Billboard chart. The song was later released on The Beatles’ 1963 album of the same name. The Beatles recorded the song for BBC Radio and one version was released in 2013 on their album On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2. Two other BBC versions were released in 2013 on the album The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. The song was part of The Beatles’ repertoire. They played it as part of a medley on BBC radio in 1963 and as part of medley on the TV special Around The Beatles in 1964. The song has also been performed live by Paul McCartney. A live version was released on his live DVD The Space Within US in 2006. Please Please Me has also been recorded by Sonny Curtis, The Chipmunks, Santo & Johnny, and Mary Wells among others. George Martin And His Orchestra recorded the song in 1964. It was released on the album Off The Beatle Track.

Now Hear This : Please Please Me – George Martin And His Orchestra (1964)
Please Please Me – The Beatles (1995)
Please Please Me – The Beatles (2013)
Please Please Me – The Beatles (2013)
Please Please Me – The Beatles (2013)

0748 It’s Love That Really Counts (In The Long Run) – The Shirelles (1962)

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It’s Love That Really Counts (In The Long Run).

Hal David and Burt Bacharach wrote this song in 1962. It was first recorded by The Shirelles. It was released as a single with Stop The Music on the B-side. It reached number thirty-six on the Billboard chart. In the UK Stop The Music was the A-side. The song was part of The Beatles’ repertoire. The Merseybeats covered It’s Love That Really Counts in 1963. The song influenced The Beatles’ 1963 song Please Please Me. They released it as a single with Fortune Teller on the B-side. The song has also been recorded by Dionne Warwick.

Now Hear This : It’s Love The Really Counts – The Merseybeats (1963)
Please Please Me – The Beatles (1963)

0668 Hey! Baby – Bruce Channel (1961)

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The Beatles with Delbert McClinton and Bruce Channel.

This song was written by Margaret Cobba and Bruce Channel in 1961. It was first recorded by Bruce Channel that same year. It was released as a single with Dream Girl on the B-side. Hey! Baby featured Delbert McClinton on harmonica. The single reached number one on the Billboard chart. The song was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by Paul with John playing the harmonica parts. The song influenced the harmonica parts on Love Me Do and Please Please Me. The Bruce Channel single was included on John Lennon’s 1965 jukebox. Ringo Starr recorded the song in 1976 for his album Ringo’s Rotogravure. It was later released as a single. The song has also been covered by Arthur Alexander, Johnny Hallyday and Conway Twitty.

Now Hear This : Love Me Do – The Beatles (1962)
Please Please Me – The Beatles (1963)
Hey! Baby – Ringo Starr (1976)

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

Phil and Dom Everly.

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)

0575 Only The Lonely – Roy Orbison (1960)

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John Lennon and Roy Orbison.

Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel) was written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. It was recorded by Roy Orbison in 1960. It was released as a single and reached number two on the Billboard chart and number one on the UK singles chart. The B-side was Here Comes That Song Again. George Harrison owned a copy of the single. Only The Lonely was an influence on The Beatles’ song Please Please Me. John Lennon played the song during the Double Fantasy sessions in 1980.

Now Hear This : Please Please Me – The Beatles (1963)

0072 Please – Bing Crosby (1932)

Sheet music for Please.

Sheet music for Please.

Please was written by Leo Robin and was recorded by Bing Crosby in 1932.It was released as a single and went to number one in America.The B-side was Here Lies Love. Part of the lyrics went :

Oh, please
Lend your little ears to my pleas

“I was always intrigued by the double-use of the word ‘please'” John Lennon would say. The song was one of the influences behind one of the first songs John Lennon wrote, Please Please Me. Please Please Me was recorded by The Beatles in 1963 and released as a single.

Now Hear This: Please Please Me – The Beatles (1963)