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Songs The Beatles Gave Away

Post: 4168 of 4198
From: (Joseph Brennan)
Subject: Songs the Beatles didn't do
Date: 22 Jul 1993 04:01:37 GMT
Organization: Columbia University
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Meaning, songs they wrote while the Beatles existed, but which did 
not appear on Beatles records.  This list is limited to songs that 
might be considered finished in that they were either (a) recorded 
by someone else, (b) registered for copyright, or at least (c) 
attempted at EMI as recordings.

Cry For a Shadow (Harrison--Lennon)
  Recorded 22 June 1961 (probably) by the Beatles with Pete on 
drums and released many times over.  I toss this in as the only 
original from non-EMI sessions.  An instrumental.

I'll Be On My Way (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas, April 1963.  The 
Beatles did it on BBC radio 4 April 1963, available on bootlegs and 
heard on the radio shows of "The Beatles at the Beeb".

Bad To Me (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas, July 1963.  A demo by 
John alone (I think) has been bootlegged.

Tip of My Tongue (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Tommy Quickly, July 1963.  The Beatles attempted to 
record it, November 1962, but the tape is not at EMI (per Lewisohn) 
and has not been bootlegged.

Hello Little Girl (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by the Fourmost, August 1963.  A very similar Beatles 
version with John lead vocal is on the so-called Decca Tape of 
1962, bootlegged.

Love of the Loved (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Cilla Black, September 1963.  A Beatles version with 
Paul lead vocal is on the so-called Decca Tape of 1962, bootlegged.

I'll Keep You Satisfied (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas, November 1963.

I'm In Love (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by The Fourmost, November 1963.  A version of this by John 
  has been bootlegged as the demo, but now is believed to be post-1975.

A World Without Love (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Peter and Gordon, February 1964.

One and One Is Two (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by The Strangers with Mike Shannon, May 1964.  A Beatles 
demo has been bootlegged.

Nobody I Know (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Peter and Gordon, May 1964.

Like Dreamers Do (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by The Applejacks, June 1964.  Last-released of the three 
originals on the so-called Decca tape of 1962, Paul lead vocal.

You'll Know What To Do (Harrison)
  Known from a demo recorded at EMI 3 June 1964 but taken away, and
a UK copyright registration.  No recording of any sort has appeared
even on bootlegs.

From a Window (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas, July 1964.

It's For You (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Cilla Black, July 1964.

I Don't Want To See You Again (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Peter and Gordon, September 1964.

If You've Got Troubles
  Attempted by the Beatles 18 February 1965; the one take has been 
bootlegged.  Ringo lead vocal, written Lennon--McCartney.

That Means a Lot (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by P. J. Proby, July 1965.  Attempted by the Beatles 20 
February 1965 and again 30 March 1965; some takes have been 
bootlegged.  Paul lead vocal.

12-Bar Original
  Attempted by the Beatles 4 November 1965; it has been bootlegged. 
Long instrumental.

Woman (Webb)
  Single by Peter and Gordon, January 1966.  Songwriter Bernard 
Webb is Paul McCartney, revealed later, but reissues still say 

Everywhere It's Christmas
Please Don't Bring Your Banjo Back
  Recorded 25 November 1966 as part of "Pantomime: Everywhere It's 
Christmas", the 1966 Christmas record.  By all four and Mal Evans.

Carnival of Light Rave
  A very long tape of sound effects made 5 January 1967 and used 
once for a festival.

Catcall (McCartney)
  Album cut by The Chris Barber Band, October 1967, with Paul in a 
group of voices at the end.  A Beatles version is on an undated 
tape, possibly November 1962, that has been bootlegged.  
Instrumental.  Said to be the same as Catswalk, which appears on 
early Beatles song lists.

Shirley's Wild Accordion (Lennon--McCartney)
  Recording made 12 October 1967 by Shirley Evans, Reg Wale, Paul 
and Ringo for the "Magical Mystery Tour" film, but not used in it.  
Shirley Evans does play some accordion in the film.

Jessie's Dream (McCartney--Starkey--Harrison--Lennon)
  Made at an unknown date by "one or more of the Beatles" 
(Lewisohn) and used in "Magical Mystery Tour" as Jessie eats tons 
of spaghetti.

Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (Lennon--McCartney--Harrison--Starkey)
Plenty of Jam Jars
  Recorded 28 November 1967 as part of "Christmas Time is Here 
Again!", the 1967 Christmas record.  A longer version of the title 
song has been bootlegged.

Step Inside Love (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Cilla Black, March 1968.  An extremely poor-quality 
copy of a demo by Paul has been bootlegged (but not recently).

Thingumybob (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by John Foster and Sons Ltd Black Dyke Mills Band, 26 
August 1968 (one of the first 4 Apple singles), produced by Paul. 

Sour Milk Sea (Harrison)
  Single by Jackie Lomax, 26 August 1968 (another of the first 4 
Apple singles), with George playing guitar and producing.  A demo 
by George has been bootlegged.

Not Guilty (Harrison)
  Attempted by the Beatles 7 to 12 August 1968.  Bootlegged.  A 
demo by George has also been bootlegged.  Recorded by George years 

What's the New Mary Jane
  Attempted by some of the Beatles 14 August 1968, with more added 
to the same recording 26 November 1969.  Came close to being a 
Plastic Ono Band single with "You Know My Name".  John lead vocals.

  Demo made by Paul at EMI, 20 August 1968, and taken away.  No 
version has come out, including bootlegs.

Badge (Harrison--Clapton)
  Album cut by Cream, February 1969, with George on rhythm guitar 
as L'Angelo Mysterioso.

Paul piano intro (Lennon--McCartney)
  Slow piano piece by Paul, used at the beginning of the "Let it 
Be" film, recorded January 1969.  The entire soundtrack has been 

Jazz piano song (McCartney--Starkey)
  Fast instrumental by Paul and Ringo on one piano, used in the 
"Let it be" film, recorded January 1969.

Suzy Parker (Lennon--Starkey--Harrison--McCartney)
  Rock guitar song with John lead vocal, used in the "Let it be" 
film, recorded January 1969.

Teddy Boy (McCartney)
  A Beatles rehearsal version of 24 January 1969 was on the "Get 
Back" album compiled in May 1969.  Paul recorded it on his first 

Goodbye (Lennon--McCartney)
  Single by Mary Hopkin, March 1969, produced by Paul.  A demo by 
Paul has been bootlegged.

Come and Get It (McCartney)
  Single by Badfinger, December 1969, produced by Paul.  A nearly 
identical demo version by Paul has been bootlegged.

Penina (McCartney)
  On obscure recordings by Carlos Mendes (Portugal, 1969) and Jotte 
Herra (Holland, 1970).  Paul sings part of it during the "Get Back" 
sessions, bootlegged.


This is the morass of any project attempting to list unreleased 
Beatles ongs.  Firstly, do you want to call rehearsals and partial, 
off-the-cuff renditions Beatles versions?  And then there's the 
problem that more Get Back stuff is still leaking out, and who can 
keep up with it.  But I'll toss out a few lists of songs more or 
less performed.  I'll skip the fact that much of "Abbey Road" 
appears here too.

Known or possible old Lennon--McCartney originals: all are 
fragments Hot As Sun (with words), If Tomorrow Ever Comes, Just 
Fun, Thinking That You Love Me [Thinking of Linking?], Too Bad 
About Sorrows, Wake Up In the Morning, Won't You Please Say Goodbye

Improvisations or work songs never finished
  Commonwealth/White Power/Can You Dig It medley (Paul and John), 
Madman (John), Negro In Reserve (Paul), Shakin' in the Sixties 
(John), Taking a Trip to Carolina (Ringo), There You Go Eddie 
(Paul), Watching Rainbows (John)

Songs Paul finished later
  Another Day, Back Seat of My Car, Every Night, Maybe I'm Amazed, 
Suicide, That Would Be Something (Paul also of course did "Hot As 
Sun" and "Teddy Boy".)

Songs John finished later
  Child of nature (as Jealous Guy), Gimme Some Truth

Songs George finished later
  All Thing Must Pass, Let It Down, Hear Me Lord, Isn't It a Pity

Note, on the unreleased "Get Back" albums, "The Walk" is the Jimmy
McCracklin hit by McCracklin--Gorlic and the opening instrumental
sometimes called "Rocker" is pretty much "Down the Road Apiece" by
Raye and recorded by Chuck Berry.


Mark Lewisohn, "The Beatles Recording Sessions" and "The Beatles

L.R.E. King, "Do You Want to Know a Secret" and "Fixing a Hole".

Doug Sulpy, ed., issues of "The 910" (journal).

Joe Brennan             Columbia University in the City of New York    ("affiliation shown for identification 

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