Archive | March, 2013

Please Please Me

22 Mar

At 10:00 am on Monday, February 11, 1963, the Beatles and George Martin started recording what was basically their live act. In three sessions that added up to 9 hours and 45 minutes, they produced an authentic representation their live set that could have been heard at the  Cavern Club. It was released on March 22, 1963.

Please Please Me
Studio album by The Beatles
Released 22 March 1963
Recorded 11 February 1963,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll,[1] pop[2]
Length 32:45
Label Parlophone
Producer George Martin

01. 00:00 “I Saw Her Standing There”
02. 02:54 “Misery”
03. 04:42 “Anna (Go to Him)”
04. 07:38 “Chains”
05. 10:02 “Boys”
06. 12:30 “Ask Me Why”
07. 14:55 “Please Please Me”
08. 16:57 “Love Me Do” (Mono)
09. 19:19 “P.S. I Love You” (Mono)
10. 21:23 “Baby It’s You”
11. 24:03 “Do You Want to Know a Secret”
12. 26:01 “A Taste of Honey”
13. 28:03 “There’s a Place”
14. 29:53 “Twist and Shout”

“Surfin’ USA” and “Sweet Little Sixteen”

4 Mar

The Beach Boys  “Surfin’ USA.” was a copy of  the melody of Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” but uses new lyrics. After Berry sued, he was granted royalties, and all further issues of the song gave him writing credit.

 According to Wilson,

“I was going with a girl called Judy Bowles, and her brother Jimmy was a surfer. He knew all the surfing spots. I started humming the melody to ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ and I got fascinated with the fact of doing it, and I thought to myself, ‘God! What about trying to put surf lyrics to ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’s melody? The concept was about, ‘They are doing this in this city, and they’re doing that in that city’ So I said to Jimmy, ‘Hey Jimmy, I want to do a song mentioning all the surf spots.’ So he gave me a list.”[1]

“Surfin’ U.S.A.” was released as a single on March 4, 1963. “Sweet Little Sixteen” was released in January 1958.