0453 Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong (1959)

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Barrett Strong.

This early single from the Tamla label was written by Janie Bradford and Berry Gordy. It was first recorded in 1959 by Barrett Strong. The B-side was Oh I Apologize. The single was released in the UK on London American Recordings in 1960. The song has been covered by Freddie And The Dreamers, The Rolling Stones and The Kingsmen. Merseybeat group The Searchers covered the song in 1963. King Size Taylor & The Dominoes also covered the song in 1963. The Liverbirds, an all-girl group from Liverpool, covered the song in 1965. A version by Merseybeat group The Undertakers was released in 1996 on the album Undertakers Unearthed.

Two versions have been recorded live at The Star-Club in Hamburg. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version that was released on his 1964 album Live at The Star Club, Hamburg. A version by Johnny and The Hurricanes was released in 1980.

Money was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John. The song lyrics inspired part of the lyrics to the Johnny Gentle song I’ve Just Fallen For Someone. The song was co-written by John Lennon and Johnny Gentle during their 1960 tour of Scotland. Johnny Gentle released the song as a single in 1962 under the name Darren Young. The Beatles first recorded Money for their Decca audition in 1962. They recorded a studio version in 1963 and it was released on their album With The Beatles. They performed the song six times for BBC radio and one version was released in 2013 on On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2. A second version was also released in 2013 on The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. An alternate version (RM 7 Undubbed) was also released on The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. They performed the song live and a live version recorded for Swedish radio in 1963 was released in 1995 on Anthology 1. The single was on both John Lennon’s 1965 jukebox and George Harrison’s 1966 jukebox. The Beatles also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. John Lennon performed the song live in 1969. That version was released on the album Live Peace In Toronto.

Now Hear This : I’ve Just Fallen For Someone – Darren Young (1962)
Money – The Searchers (1963)
Money – King Size Taylor & The Dominoes (1963)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (1963)
Money – The Liverbirds (1965)
Money (That’s What I Want) – John Lennon (1969)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (1995)
Money – The Undertakers (1996)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (2013)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (2013)
Money (That’s What I Want) (RM 7 Undubbed) – The Beatles (2013)

0394 Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry (1958)

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Chuck Berry.

Chuck Berry wrote and recorded this song in 1958. It was released as a single with Reelin’ And Rockin’ on the B-side. It reached number two on the Billboard chart and number one on the R&B chart. It became part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John. A live version recorded in Hamburg in 1962 was released in 1977 on the album Live! At The Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. They also recorded a version for BBC radio in 1963 which was released on Live At The BBC in 1994. They also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

The song was part of The Searchers’ repertoire and a live version recorded at the Star-Club in Hamburg was released in 1964 while a live version recorded at the Iron Door in Liverpool was released in 2002. Sweet Little Sixteen has also been covered by The Animals, Elvis Presley,Jerry Lee Lewis and Billy Fury. John Lennon recorded the song in 1973 and it was released on his 1975 album Rock ‘n’ Roll. Paul McCartney was a fan of the song and he picked it as one of his Desert Island Discs in 1982. He covered the song during a jam in 1974. The Pete Best Band recorded the song in 1999 for their album Casbah Coffee Club. Ringo Starr recorded a version with Jerry Lee Lewis that was released in 2006 on the album Last Man Standing.

Now Hear This : Sweet Little Sixteen – The Searchers (1964)
Sweet Little Sixteen – John Lennon (1975)
Sweet Little Sixteen – The Beatles (1977)
Sweet Little Sixteen – The Beatles (1994)
Sweet Little Sixteen – The Pete Best Band (1999)
Sweet Little Sixteen – The Searchers (2002)
Sweet Little Sixteen – Jerry Lee Lewis (2006)

0324 Listen To Me – Buddy Holly (1958)

Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney and Denny Laine.

Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney and Denny Laine.

This was the B-side to I’m Gonna Love You Too. It was written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty and was released in 1958. It was also released in on the album Buddy Holly and the EP Listen To Me. Merseybeat group The Searchers covered the song in 1963 and it was released on their album Sugar and Spice. A live version recorded by them at the Star-Club in Hamburg was released in 1963 on “Sweets For My Sweet” – The Searchers At The Star-Club Hamburg. John Lennon played the song during a jam session with Mick Jagger in 1974. Denny Laine covered the song in 1977 for his album Holly Days. It was a medley with It’s So Easy.The recording features Paul and Linda McCartney and was produced by Paul McCartney. Paul McCartney played the song during rehearsals for his appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1991.

Now Hear This : Listen To Me – The Searchers (1963)
Listen To Me – The Searchers (1963)
It’s So Easy/Listen To Me – Denny Laine (1977)

0296 Maggie May – The Vipers Skiffle Group (1957)

Maggie May.

Maggie May.

Maggie May or Maggie Mae is a traditional Liverpool folk song. It dates back to the 1830s and would have been sung in pubs across England. It was most likely known and sung by all The Beatles’ parents and grandparents. Julia Lennon played the song on the banjo.

The Quarrymen added the song to their repertoire after it became re-popularized by The Viper Skiffle Group. They recorded a “clean” version in 1957. It was released as the B-side to Cumberland Gap and reached number ten on the UK Singles chart.

The song was also part of the repertoire of The Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group.The Beatles recorded the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. An extract from the rehearsals was included on the Fly On The Wall disc included with the 2003 album Let It Be…Naked. An edited version appears on the 1970 album Let It Be. John Lennon recorded a version in 1979 and that later appeared on The John Lennon Anthology. The Quarrymen covered the song in 2004 and their version was released on the album Songs We Remember. A live version recorded by The Searchers at The Iron Door in 1963 was released in 2002.

Now Hear This : Maggie Mae – The Beatles (1970)
Maggie Mae – John Lennon (1998)
Maggie Mae – The Searchers (2002)
Fly On The Wall – The Beatles (2003)
Maggie May – The Quarrymen (2004)

0279 Let The Good Times Roll – Shirley and Lee (1956)

Shirley and Lee.

Shirley and Lee.

This song was written by Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee and was recorded by them in 1956 under the name Shirley and Lee. The B-side was Do You Mean To Hurt Me So. The song has been recorded by The Righteous Brothers, Roy Orbison, The Animals and Harry Nilsson. The Harry Nilsson version has Klaus Voormann on bass. Merseybeat group The Searchers recorded a version in 1965. It was released on their album Sounds Like Searchers. The song was part of The Beatles’ repertoire.
Now Hear This : Let The Good Times Roll – The Searchers (1965)