Tag Archives: Paul McCartney

The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away

22/7/15 – Peter And Gordon – Nobody I Know – 1964 / Petula Clark – Partir Il Nous Faut – 1965 / Peter And Gordon – I Don’t Want To See You Again – 1964 / The Chris Barber Band – Catcall – 1969 / Jotte Herre – Penina – 1967 / Carlos Mendes – Penina – 1969 / Ringo Starr – I’m The Greatest – 1973 / John Lennon – I’m The Greatest – 1973? / Paul McCartney Interview – Rollins College – 2014

As we come to the end of this thread, if you wish to hear most of  these songs in a collection there is an album – The Songs That Lennon and McCartney Gave Away. It was released in 1971 as a compilation excluding Penina by Jotte Herre and adding I Am The Greatest by Ringo on the reissue […]

The Strangers with Mike Shannon - One And One Is Two

21/7/15 – The Strangers With Mike Shannon – One And One Is Two – 1964

You must understand that these posts highlighting obscure Lennon And McCartney compositions are of historical interest, being some of the first songs they wrote and also, at the height of their early fame, it shows that they enthusiastically “churned them out”. In this case they might have churned out a somewhat inferior attempt, The Strangers […]

Practically submerged in fruit, "The Applejacks", one of Britain's top pop groups, manage to maintain the beat during a visit to the world's largest cider factory at Hereford. Left to right: Gerry Freeman, drummer; Phil Cash; Al Jackson; Megan Davies, bass player who recently married Gerry Freeman; Don Gould and Martin Baggott.

20/7/15 – The Applejacks – Like Dreamers Do – 1964 / Tell Me When – 1964 / I Go To Sleep – 1965

It wasn’t only other Liverpool acts or brothers of girlfriends that had the benefit of Lennon And McCartney’s songwriting skills in the early sixties. The Applejacks were from Birmingham and yes, the music they played was unsurprisingly referred to as Brumbeat. Unusually they had a female bass player in Megan Davies and were originally an instrumental […]

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19/7/15 – Cilla Black – It’s For You – 1964 – Love Of The Loved – 1963 – Step Inside Love – 1968 / The Beatles – Love Of The Loved – 1962 / Cilla Black – Alfie – 1966

Cilla Black, the essence of Liverpool, ex Cavern cloakroom assistant, Beatles pal and down to earth pop star from the infamous Scottie Road – and with the most distinctive voice you’ve ever heard! Of these three Lennon and McCartney recordings mostly written by Paul, It’s For You and Love Of The Loved are largely forgotten, the most […]

Tommy Quickly

18/7/15 – Tommy Quickly – Tip Of My Tongue – 1963 / Tommy Quickly And The Remo Four – The Wild Side Of Life – 1964 / Hank Thompson – The Wild Side Of Life – 1952 / Kitty Wells – It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels – 1952 / The Remo Four – Peter Gunn Theme – 1965

It’s fascinating to hear these early Lennon And McCartney compositions, whether Lennon or McCartney wrote it or whether they wrote it together, you can hear them in the other artists interpretations. Unfortunately Liverpool born Tommy Quickly didn’t benefit from having them write his first single or from having Brian Epstein as his manager. This and […]

Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas 1964

17/7/15 – Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas – Little Children – 1964 / Do You Want To Know A Secret – 1963 / I’ll Be On My Way – 1963 / Bad To Me – 1963/ I Call Your Name – 1963 / I’ll Keep You Satisfied – 1963 / From A Window – 1964 / I’m In Love – 1963

Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas were another Liverpool group that benefited from George Martin’s production, Brian Epstein’s management, Parlophone records – and of course being from Liverpool and having the Merseybeat sound. In fact only Kramer was from Liverpool, The Dakotas were from Manchester and a band in their own right releasing records and […]