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)

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0352 (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care – Elvis Presley (1957)

Jailhouse Rock EP.

Jailhouse Rock EP.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote this song in 1957 and it was first recorded by Elvis Presley that same year. He released it on his EP Jailhouse Rock which reached number fourteen on the R&B charts. The song has also been recorded by Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard and Bobby Vee. The song was part of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ repertoire and a live version by them was released on the 2012 album Live At The Jive Hive March 1960. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969 and John Lennon played the song in 1971 during the filming of Clock. He also played the song during a jam session with Mick Jagger in 1974.

Now Hear This : (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care – Rory Storm and The Hurricanes (2012)

0330 Bye, Bye Love – The Everly Brothers (1957)

The Everly Brothers.

The Everly Brothers.

Written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Bye, Bye Love was the debut single for The Everly Brothers. It was released in 1957 with I Wonder If I Care As Much on the B-side. It was the first song Paul McCartney performed live on stage. He and his brother Mike sang the song at Butlins Holiday camp in Filey. The song was part of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ repertoire and live version recorded in 1960 was released in 2012 on the album Live at the Jive Hive March 1960. The Beatles covered the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. George Harrison did a very unique cover of the song in 1974 for his album Dark Horse, changing some of the words. The song has also been covered by Simon and Garfunkel.
Now Hear This : Bye, Bye Love – George Harrison (1974)
Bye, Bye Love – Rory Storm and Hurricanes (2012)

0326 Lend Me Your Comb – Carl Perkins (1957)

carlperkins

Carl Perkins.

This song was written by Kay Twomey, Fred Wise and Bed Weisman. It was recorded by Carl Perkins in 1957 and released as the B-side to Glad All Over. It was Carl Perkins’ last single on Sun Records. The Quarrymen added it to their repertoire. It was also part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John. A live version can be heard on the 1977 album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg. Germany; 1962. They also recorded the song for BBC radio and that version was released in 1995 on the album Anthology 1. It was later released on On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 in 2013. Rory Storm and The Hurricanes recorded a version in 1965 and it was released in 2004 on Unearthed Merseybeat Vol. 2.

John Lennon played the song in 1971 during the filming of the unreleased film Clock. Wings played the song during rehearsals in 1980. Paul McCartney recorded the song during the sessions for Choba B CCCP but it was not released on the album. He sang the song in 1993 as a duet with Carl Perkins during the filming of My Old Friend.
Now Hear This : Lend Me Your Comb – The Beatles (1977)
Lend Me Your Comb – The Beatles (1995)
Lend Me Your Comb – Rory Storm and The Hurricanes (2004)

0245 Go Go Go (Down The Line) – Roy Orbison (1956)

Roy Orbison.

Roy Orbison.

Some times known as Down The Line, Billy Pat Ellis and Roy Orbison wrote this song in 1956. It was recorded by Roy Orbison that same year and released as the B-side to Ooby Dooby. The song has been covered by Ricky Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis and Cliff Richard and The Driffers. The Hollies covered the song in 1965. The song was part of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ repertoire. A live version recorded by them in 1960 was released in 2012 on the album Live At The Jive Hive, March 1960.  The song was also part of The Beatles’ repertoire.
Now Hear This : Down The Line – Rory Storm and The Hurricanes (2012)

0217 Long Tall Sally – Little Richard (1956)

The Beatles with Little Richard.

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)

0136 Now Is The Hour – Gracie Fields (1947)

Now Is The Hour.

Now Is The Hour.

Now Is The Hour is often mistakenly called a traditional Maori song but it was in fact written by Clement Scott, Maewa Kaihau and Dorothy Stewart. The tune dates back to 1913 and is a piano-variations piece called Swiss Cradle Song credited to Clement Scott. Maori words were added around 1915 and it became known as Po Atarau. English lyrics were written in 1920 by Maewa Kaihau. The song was modified in 1935 and became The Haere Ra Waltz Song.

Gracie Fields learnt the song in 1945 on a visit to New Zealand. She recorded the song in 1946 and released it as a single. The B-side was Come Back To Sorrento. It became a hit in 1948. Her manager, Dorothy Stewart changed a few lyrics and added an extra verse. Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Eddy Howard have all recorded the song. It became part of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ repertoire when they played at Butlins and a home recording from 1960 exists. It was released in 2012 on Live At The Jive Hive March 1960.

Now Hear This : Now Is The Hour – Rory Storm and The Hurricanes (2012)