1491 Down Home Girl – The Rolling Stones (1965)

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Brian Jones and Paul McCartney.

This song was written by Artie Butler and Jerry Leiber. It was first recorded by Alvin Robinson in 1964. The Rolling Stones recorded the song in 1964. It was released on their 1965 album Rolling Stones No. 2. John Lennon and Paul McCartney both owned copies of the album. Down Home Girl was used in Paul McCartney’s unreleased 1965 Christmas record Unforgettable. Merseybeat group The Liverbirds recorded the song in 1966. Their version was released on their 1966 album More Of.

Now Hear This : Down Home Girl – The Liverbirds (1966)

1293 She’s About A Mover – Sir Douglas Quintet (1965)

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Sir Douglas Quintet.

This song was written by Doug Sahm and was first recorded by Sir Douglas Quintet in 1965. It was released as their début single with We’ll Take Out Last Walk Tonight on the B-side. It reached number thirteen on the Billboard chart and number fifteen on the UK Singles chart. Merseybeat group The Liverbirds recorded the song as He’s About A Mover in 1966. It was released on their album More Of The Liverbirds. Ringo Starr recorded the song  for his 1983 album Old Wave.

Now Hear This : He’s About A Mover – The Liverbirds (1966)
She’s About A Mover – Ringo Starr (1983)

 

0922 Heat Wave – Martha And The Vandellas (1963)

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Martha And The Vandellas.

This song was written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Edward Holland. It was first recorded by Martha And The Vandellas in 1963. It was released as a single with A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Everyday) on the B-side. It reached number four on the Billboard Chart and number one on the R&B chart. The song was used on Paul McCartney’s unreleased 1965 Christmas record Unforgettable. Cilla Black recorded the song in 1965. It was released on her American album Is It Love? Merseybeat group The Liverbirds recorded the song in 1966 and it was released on their album More Of. The song has also been recorded by Lulu, The Who, and The Supremes among others.

Now Hear This : (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave – Cilla Black (1965)
Heatwave – The Liverbirds (1966)

0838 Loop De Loop – Johnny Thunder (1962)

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Johnny Thunder.

This song was written by Joe Dong and Teddy Vann and was adapted from the traditional children’s song Looby Loo. It was first recorded by Johnny Thunder in 1962. It was released as a single with Don’t Be Ashamed on the B-side. The single was released in the UK in 1963. Liverpudlian singer Frankie Vaughan covered the song in 1963 and released it as a single. It reached number five on the UK Singles chart. Merseybeat girl group The Liverbirds recorded the song in 1966 and released it as a single. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. A version recorded by Harry Nilsson and released on the album Pussy Cats in 1974 was produced by John Lennon.

Now Hear This : Loop De Loop – The Liverbirds (1966)
Loop De Loop – Harry Nilsson (1974)

0673 I’m Talking About You – Chuck Berry (1961)

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John Lennon and Chuck Berry.

This song was written and recorded by Chuck Berry. It was first released in 1961 as a single with Little Star on the B-side. It was also released on Chuck Berry’s album New Juke Box Hits. The song was added to The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John. A live version was released in 1977 on the album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962. The Beatles also played the song on BBC radio and a version was released in 2013 on the album On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2. They also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The bass riff was used in I Saw Her Standing There from the 1963 album Please Please Me.

The song has also been recorded by The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Rick Nelson and The Yardbirds. Merseybeat group Faron’s Flamingos covered the song in 1963 for the album This Is Merseybeat. Another Merseybeat group The Liverbirds covered the song in 1965. It was released on their album Star-Club Show 4.

Now Hear This : I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles (1963)
Talkin’ ‘Bout You – Faron’s Flamingos (1963)
Talking About You – The Liverbirds (1965)
I’m Talking About You – The Beatles (1977)
I’m Talking About You – The Beatles (2013)

0585 Shop Around – The Miracles (1960)

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Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy.

Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy wrote Shop Around in 1960. It was recorded by The Miracles and released as a single. The B-side was Who’s Lovin’ You. It reached number two on the Billboard chart and number one on the R&B chart. Debbie Dean released an answer song, Don’t Let Him Shop Around, in 1961. The song has been covered by Mary Wells, Johnnie Ray, Georgie Fame and Bobby Vee. Merseybeat group The Liverbirds recorded the song in 1965 and released it as their début single. The B-side was It’s Got To Be You. John Lennon had The Miracles’ single on his 1965 jukebox. Smokey Robinson and The Miracles were a big influence on The Beatles. Their sound influenced songs like Ask My Why, All I’ve Got To Do and This Boy. John once said “The Beatles were always supposing that they were Smokey Robinson”. George Harrison later wrote two songs in tribute to Smokey Robinson, Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You) and Pure Smokey.

Now Hear This : Ask Me Why – The Beatles (1963)
All I’ve Got To Do – The Beatles (1963)
This Boy – The Beatles (1963)
Shop Around – The Liverbirds (1965)
Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You) – George Harrison (1975)
Pure Smokey – George Harrison (1976)

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)