This song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1965. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by George Martin. The recording features George Martin on piano. It was released on The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul. In the Philippines the song was released as the B-side to Run For Your Life in 1966. The song was part of George Harrison’s repertoire during his Dark Horse tour in 1974. Cynthia Lennon recorded the song with The Beatles Complete On Ukulele in 2012 for the album Rubber Soul. Cilla Black recorded the song for her 1974 album of the same name. A version recorded by Sean Connery was produced by George Martin and released on the 1998 album In My Life. The Quarrymen recorded the song in 2004 for their album Songs We Remember. Quarrymen member Rod Davis recorded the song for his 2009 solo album Under The Influence.
Now Hear This : In My Life – Cilla Black (1974)
In My Life – Sean Connery (1998)
In My Life – The Quarrymen (2004)
In My Life – Rod Davis (2009)
In My Life – The Beatles Complete On Ukulele (2012)
Thumbin’ A Ride.
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote this song in 1961. It was first recorded by The Coasters. The recording featured Mike Stoller on piano and Phil Spector on guitar. They released it as the B-side to Wait A Minute. The single reached number thirty-seven on the Billboard chart. Thumbin’ A Ride became part of The Beatles’ repertoire. Merseybeat group Earl Preston And The T.T’s recorded the song in 1963 for the album This Is Merseybeat. A version recorded by Jackie Lomax in 1969 was produced by Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Paul and George played guitar on the track and Paul also played drums.The Quarrymen covered the song in 1995 for their album Open For Engagements.
Now Hear This : Thumbin’ A Ride – Earl Preston And The T.T’s (1963)
Thumbin’ A Ride – Jackie Lomax (1969)
Thumbin’ A Ride – The Quarrymen (1995)
This song was written by Harry Clarkson, Geoffrey Clarkson and Peter van Steeden in 1931. It has been recorded by Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and Sam Cooke. The Ventures recorded an instrumental version in 1960. It was released as the B-side to their single Walk, Don’t Run. This version became part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire. Paul McCartney recorded a version with vocals for his 2012 album Kisses On The Bottom.
Now Hear This: Home (When Shadows Fall) – Paul McCartney (2012)
Hallelujah, I Love Her So.
Ray Charles wrote this song in 1956. He was the first to recorded it. Since then it has been recorded by Peggy Lee, Connie Francis and Jerry Lee Lewis. The song was recorded by Eddie Cochran in 1960. His version was released as a single with Little Angel on the B-side. Paul McCartney owned a copy of the single. Gerry and The Pacemakers recorded the song in 1965. It was released in 1984 on the album The Very Best of Gerry and the Pacemakers.
The song became part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire and they recorded it on a private tape in 1960. That version was released on Anthology 1 in 1995. It was also part of The Beatles’ repertoire and a live version recorded in 1962 was released in 1977 on the album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962. The group also played the song in 1969 during the Let It Be sessions.
Now Hear This : Hallelujah, I Love Her So – The Beatles (1977)
Hallelujah, I Love Her So – Gerry and The Pacemakers (1984)
Hallelujah, I Love Her So – The Beatles (1995)
This song was written by Wilhelm Grosz (using the pseudonym Hugh Williams) and Jimmy Kennedy in 1935. It was first recorded by Al Bowlly with Ray Noble and his Orchestra in 1935. It has been recorded by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Big Joe Turner and Paul Anka. Ray Sharpe recorded his version in 1959. It was released as the B-side to Linda Lu. The song was added to The Quarrymen’s repertoire. It was also part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by Paul. A live version recorded at the Star-Club in Hamburg in 1962 was released in 1977 on the album Live! At The Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. The Beatles were also familiar with Emile Ford’s 1960 version of the song.
John Lennon’s father, Alf, would sing Red Sails In The Sunset in the 1930s while working on the ships. He sang it as “red suns in the sailset, all blue I feel day”. He most likely knew the Al Bowlly version from 1935, released on Decca.
Now Hear This: Red Sails In The Sunset – The Beatles (1977)
This song was written by Albert Von Tilzer and Neville Fleeson. It was published in 1920. Since then it has been recorded by Artie Shaw, The Andrews Sisters, Nat King Cole and Chet Atkins. Rosemary June recorded her version in 1959. It was released as a single and reached number fourteen in the UK chart. The B-side was Always A Bridesmaid. For a time the song was part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire. It was sung by Ken Brown. Ken also sung Midnight Special.
This was Elvis Presley’s fifth album release in the US. It was his first compilation album and was made up of songs recorded between 1954 and 1957. It was released in 1958 on RCA Victor. Both the US and UK version contained fourteen tracks but the UK track listing was different to the US track listing. The UK version of the album included hits such as Hound Dog, All Shook Up, Heartbreak Hotel and Love Me Tender. The UK album also included four tracks (I Love You Because, You’re A Heartbreaker, I’ll Never Let You Go and I Forgot To Remember To Forget) that had never been released in the UK before.The album reached number three in the US album chart and number two in the UK album chart. Paul McCartney owned a copy of this album and added two of the four new songs to The Quarrymen’s repertoire. A lot of the other songs were already part of the group’s repertoire. Others were covered by The Beatles and members of the group in later years.
1) Hound Dog
2) I Love You Because
3) All Shook Up
4) Heartbreak Hotel
5) You’re a Heartbreaker
6) Love Me
7) Too Much
1) Don’t Be Cruel
2) That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
3) I’ll Never Let You Go
4) Love Me Tender
5) I Forgot To Remember To Forget
6) Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be)
7) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
The “Chirping” Crickets.
This was the début album by The Crickets. The album was made up of recordings made by the band throughout 1957 and was released in November of that year. Lead singer, Buddy Holly, co-wrote five of the twelve tracks on the album. In America the album was released on Brunswick Records. In the UK it was released on Coral in 1958. The album was produced by Norman Petty who was credited as co-writer on eight of the songs. The album including the singles Oh Boy!, Not Fade Away, Maybe Baby, That’ll Be The Day and Send Me Some Lovin’. The album reached number five in the UK album chart. John Lennon owned a copy of the album and added some of the songs to The Quarrymen’s repertoire. Some songs were covered by The Beatles and members of the group in later years.
1) Oh, Boy!
2) Not Fade Away
3) You’ve Got Love
4) Maybe Baby
5) It’s Too Late
6) Tell Me How
1) That’ll Be The Day
2) I’m Looking For Someone To Love
3) An Empty Cup (And a Broken Date)
4) Send Me Some Lovin’
5) Last Night
6) Rock Me My Baby
Elvis’ Golden Records.
This song was written by Jimmy Wakely and was first recorded by Elvis Presley in 1954. In the US it was released in 1956 on the album Elvis Presley. It was also released as a single with I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) on the B-side. The single failed to chart. In the UK it wasn’t released until 1958 when it was released on Elvis’ Golden Records. The UK track list was slightly different to the album released in the US. The UK version included four tracks that had never been released in the UK. I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’) was one of them. I Forgot To Remenber To Forget was another. Paul McCartney owned a copy of the album and this song, along with I Forgot To Remember To Forget, was added to The Quarrymen’s repertoire. It was sung by Paul.
Let’s Have a Party was written by Jessie Mae Robinson in 1957. It was first recorded by Elvis Presley for the movie Loving You. It was released on the soundtrack album as Party. In the UK it was released as a single with Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do on the B-side. John Lennon owned a copy of the single. It reached number two in the singles chart. Wanda Jackson covered the song in 1958. Her version was first released on the album Wanda Jackson as Let’s Have a Party. It was later released as a single in 1960. The B-side was Cool Love.
The song became part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire and was John’s “big number”. In the 1972 movie Born To Boogie Marc Bolan and Ringo Starr recite part of the lyrics.Two sound bites were released on the 2005 soundtrack album. Paul McCartney covered the song in 1999 for his album Run Devil Run. He also performed the song live at the Cavern the same year. His song Run Devil Run, from the album of the same name, has a very similar melody.
Now Hear This : Party – Paul McCartney (1999)
Run Devil Run – Paul McCartney (1999)
‘Some People Like To Rock’ (Spoken Word) – Marc Bolan and Ringo Starr (2004)
‘Some People Like To Roll’ (Spoken Word) – Marc Bolan and Ringo Starr (2004)