1105 Story Of Bo Diddley – The Animals (1964)

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The Animals.

This song was written by Eric Burdon in 1964. It uses the tune of Bo Diddley, written and recorded by Bo Diddley in 1955. It was first recorded by The Animals in 1964. It was released on their début album The Animals. The song mentions The Beatles and uses lines from their song A Hard Day’s Night.The song mentions The Rolling Stones and uses lines from the Lennon-McCartney song I Wanna Be Your Man. The song also mentions The Merseybeats among others.

0949 I Think Of You – The Merseybeats (1963)

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The Merseybeats.

This song was written by Peter Lee Sterling. It was first recorded by Liverpudlian group The Merseybeats in 1963. It was released as a single with Mister Moonlight on the B-side. It went to number five on the UK Singles chart and was their biggest hit.The single was released in America in 1964. The song has also been recorded by The Typhoons and Freddie And The Dreamers among others.

0933 Wishin’ And Hopin’ – Dionne Warwick (1963)

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Wishin’ And Hopin’.

Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote this song in 1963. It was first recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1963. It was released as the B-side of This Empty Place. The single reached number twenty-six on the R&B chart. The song was also released on the album Presenting Dionne Warwick. The Merseybeats covered Wishin’ And Hopin’ in 1964 and released it as a single. The song has also been recorded by Dusty Springfield, Brenda Lee, and Nancy Sinatra among others.

Now Hear This : Wishin’ And Hopin’ – The Merseybeats (1964)

0759 Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke (1962)

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Bring It On Home To Me.

Sam Cooke wrote this song in 1962. It was a reworking of Charles Brown’s 1959 song I Want To Go Home. It was first recorded by Sam Cooke. It was released as a single with Having A Party on the B-side. It went to number thirteen on the Billboard chart and number two on the R&B chart. The song has also been recorded by The Supremes, The Animals, The Righteous Brothers and Sonny & Cher.

The Merseybeats recorded the song in 1964. It was released on their album The Merseybeats. The Big Three recorded the song in 1964 and released it as a single as If You Ever Change Your Mind (Bring It On Home To Me). A live version recorded by them that same year at The Cavern was released on the album At The Cavern. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The song influenced John Lennon’s song Remember from his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. The song includes the line “If you ever change your mind about leaving it all behind”. George Harrison and Phil Spector played the song during a jam session in 1971. The song was also played during a jam session for John Lennon’s 31st birthday. The jam included Ringo Starr, Phil Spector and Yoko Ono among others.

John Lennon recorded the song for his 1975 album Rock ‘n’ Roll. It was part of a medley with another Sam Cooke song Send Me Some Lovin’. Paul McCartney recorded the song for his 1988 album Choba B CCCP. He recorded the song again in 2006 with George Benson and Al Jarreau for the album Givin’ It Up.

Now Hear This : Bring It On Home To Me – The Merseybeats (1964)
If You Ever Change Your Mind (Bring It On Home To Me) – The Big Three (1964)
Bring It On Home To Me – The Big Three (1964)
Remember – John Lennon (1970)
Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Lovin’ – John Lennon (1975)
Bring It On Home To Me – Paul McCartney (1988)
Bring It On Home To Me – George Benson & Al Jarreau (2006)

0748 It’s Love That Really Counts (In The Long Run) – The Shirelles (1962)

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It’s Love That Really Counts (In The Long Run).

Hal David and Burt Bacharach wrote this song in 1962. It was first recorded by The Shirelles. It was released as a single with Stop The Music on the B-side. It reached number thirty-six on the Billboard chart. In the UK Stop The Music was the A-side. The song was part of The Beatles’ repertoire. The Merseybeats covered It’s Love That Really Counts in 1963. The song influenced The Beatles’ 1963 song Please Please Me. They released it as a single with Fortune Teller on the B-side. The song has also been recorded by Dionne Warwick.

Now Hear This : It’s Love The Really Counts – The Merseybeats (1963)
Please Please Me – The Beatles (1963)

0744 Fortune Teller – Benny Spellman (1962)

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Fortune Teller.

This song was written by Allen Toussaint under the pseudonym Naomi Neville. It was first recorded by Benny Spellman in 1962. It was released as the B-side to Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette). The single reached number twenty-eight on the R&B chart. The song has also been recorded by The Rolling Stones, The Hollies and The Who. The Merseybeats covered the song in 1963 and released it as the B-side to It’s Love That Really Counts. A version recorded by King Size Taylor and The Dominoes in 1963 was released on the album Unearthed Merseybeat Volume One in 2003. Fortune Teller was an influence on The Beatles’ 1963 song I Wanna Be Your Man from their album With The Beatles.

Now Hear This : Fortune Teller – The Merseybeats (1963)
I Wanna Be Your Man – The Beatles (1963)
Fortune Teller – King Size Taylor and The Dominoes (2003)

0677 The Things I Want To Hear (Pretty Words) – The Shirelles (1961)

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The Shirelles.

This song was written by Fred Anisfield and Willie Denson in 1961. It was first recorded by The Shirelles and was released as the B-side to Baby It’s You. The single reached number eight on the Billboard chart. The Merseybeats covered the song in 1964. It was released in 2003 on the album Unearthed Merseybeat.

Now Hear This : The Things I Want to Hear (Pretty Words) – The Merseybeats (2003)