0792 Tricky Dicky – Richie Barrett (1962)

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Richie Barrett.

This song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was first recorded by Richie Barrett in 1962 and released as the B-side to Some Other Guy. The single was on George Harrison’s 1966 jukebox. Merseybeat group The Searchers covered both sides of the single. They recorded Tricky Dicky in 1963. It was released on their album Meet The Searchers.

Now Hear This : Tricky Dicky – The Searchers

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0766 Twist And Shout -The Isley Brothers (1962)

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Twist And Shout.

This song was written in 1961 by Phil Medley and Bert Berns (later credited as Bert Russell). It was originally titled Shake It Up, Baby and was first recorded by The Top Notes. Their version was produced by Phil Spector. The song was covered by The Isley Brothers in 1962. Their version was released as a single with Spanish Twist on the B-side. It reached number seventeen on the Billboard chart and number two on the R&B chart. In the UK it reached number forty-two on the Singles chart.

The song became part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John. A live version recorded in 1962 was released in 1977 on the album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962. A live version recorded in 1963 was released on the album Anthology 1 in 1995. Another live version recorded in 1965 was released on the 1977 album The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl. They also recorded the song for BBC radio and one version was released in 2013 on the album On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2. A second BBC version was released on the album The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 in 2013.

The Beatles recorded the song in 1963 for their début album Please Please Me. They also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The Beatles took their famous ‘whoo’ from Twist And Shout and used it in many of their early songs including I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, and She Loves You. The song has also been recorded by Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, The Miracles, The Kingsmen, Tina Turners, and The Mamas And The Papas. Merseybeat group The Searchers recorded the song in 1963 and released it on their album Meet The Searchers.

The Isley Brothers’ version was on John Lennon’s 1965 jukebox. He played the song during a jam session for his birthday in 1971. The jam included Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector and Klaus Voormann among others. Twist And Shout was performed by Taj Mahal and The Graffiti Band in 1987. The band included George Harrison, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty among other. Taj Mahal and John Fogerty shared the lead vocal. George Harrison and Ringo Starr performed the song live in 1988 at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. They were joined on stage by Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Elton John among others. George shared the lead vocals with Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

Now Hear This : Twist And Shout – The Beatles (1963)
Twist And Shout – The Searchers (1963)
Twist And Shout – The Beatles (1977)
Twist And Shout – The Beatles (1977)
Twist And Shout – The Beatles (1995)
Twist And Shout – The Beatles (2013)
Twist And Shout – The Beatles (2013)

0565 Bumble Bee – LaVern Baker (1960)

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LaVern Baker.

This song was written by Leroy Fullylove on 1960. It was first recorded by Lavern Baker in 1960. It was released as a single. It reached number forty-six in the US. The B-side was My Time Will Come. Liverpudlian singer Billy Fury covered the song in 1963. Merseybeat group The Searchers recorded a version in 1965. It was released as a single in America and reached number twenty-one in the chart. The B-side was A Tear Fell. In the UK it was released on the EP of the same name.

Now Hear This : Bumble Bee – The Searchers (1965)

0511 Sweet Nothin’s – Brenda Lee (1959)

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Brenda Lee.

Ronnie Self wrote this song in 1959. It was first recorded by Brenda Lee. It was released as a single with Weep No More My Baby on the B-side. It reached number four on both the Billboard chart and the UK singles chart.  The Searchers covered the song in 1963 and released it as a single with What’d I Say on the B-side. A live version by them recorded at the Star-Club was released in 1964 on the album “Sweets For My Sweet” – The Searchers At The Star-Club Hamburg. The Pete Best Band recorded the song in 1999 for their album Casbah Coffee Club.

Now Hear This : Sweet Nothin’s – The Searchers (1963)
Sweet Nothin’s – The Searchers (1964)
Sweet Nothin’s – The Pete Best Band (1999)

0505 Love Potion No.9 – The Clovers (1959)

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The Clovers.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote this song in 1959. It was first recorded by The Clovers and released as a single. The B-side was Stay Awhile. The single went to number twenty-three on both the Billboard chart and the R&B chart. The song was covered by The Searchers in 1963. Their version was first released on the album Meet The Searchers. It was later released as a single in the US with Hi-Heel Sneakers on the B-side in 1964.

Now Hear This : Love Potion No. 9 – The Searchers (1963)

0482 (Baby) Hully Gully – The Olympics (1959)

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(Baby) Hully Gully.

(Baby) Hully Gully was written by Fred Sledge Smith and Clifford Goldsmith. It was first recorded by The Olympics in 1959. Their version was released as a single. It was the B-side of Private Eye . The song has been covered by Buddy Guy, Chubby Checker, Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers and The Beach Boys. A live version recorded by The Searchers at the Star-Club was released in 1963 on the album “Sweets For My Sweet” – The Searchers At The Star-Club Hamburg. Hully Gully was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John. A fight would usually break out when The Beatles played this song.

Now Hear This : Hully Gully – The Searchers (1963)

0466 What’d I Say – Ray Charles (1959)

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This song started as an improvisation by Ray Charles in 1958. It was recorded by Ray Charles in 1959 and released as a single in two parts. It reached number six on the Billboard chart and number one on the R&B chart. Paul McCartney bought the single the day it was released.

The song was part of The Beatles repertoire and Paul took the lead vocals. It’s repetitive nature allowed them to double the song’s length to 13 minutes. A home recording made by Rory Storm and The Hurricanes in 1960 was released in 2012 on the album Live At The Jive Hive March 1960. Tony Sheridan released a live version of the song in 1963 under the name Dan Sherry with Star Combo. It was released on the album Twist At The Star-Club Hamburg. Gerry And The Pacemakers recorded the song in 1965 for their album I’ll Be There. A version by them, recorded in 1961, was released in 2003 on the album Unearthed Merseybeat. A live version recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis at the Star-Club was released in 1964 on the album Live At The Star Club, Hamburg. Another live version recorded at the Star-Club by The Searchers was released in 1963 on the album “Sweets For My Sweet” – The Searchers At The Star-Club Hamburg. A live version recorded by The Big Three at The Cavern was released in 1963 on the EP At The Cavern.What’d I Say went on to influence the sound of The Beatles’ 1965 song I’m Down.

The song has also been covered by The Applejacks and Freddie And The Dreamers. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. It was also played during a jam session on John Lennon’s birthday in 1971. The jam included John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Phil Spector among others. Paul McCartney picked the song when he appeared on BBC Legends in 2007.

Now Hear This : What’d I Say – Dan Sherry with Star Combo (1963)
What’d I Say – The Big Three (1963)
What’d I Say – The Searchers (1963)
What’d I Say – Gerry and The Pacemakers (1965)
I’m Down – The Beatles (1965)
What’d I Say – Gerry and The Pacemakers (2003)
What’d I Say (Incomplete) – Rory Storm and The Hurricanes (2012)