The Beatles went on to influence many bands and artists but who were the Beatles influenced by. In the third part of a series we will look at some of the influences who made it on to the fourth Beatles album Beatles For Sale.

We have already looked at the influences on the Beatles that were included on their debut album Please Please Me and the follow up album With The Beatles, but now it’s time to turn our attention to the fourth Beatles album Beatles For Sale (the third Beatles album, A Hard Day’s Night only had original songs on it).

The album Beatles for sale is probably the least remembered of all Beatles albums, but it is an album full ofcuriositys nonetheless. In fact three of the biggest influences on the Beatles have songs covered on this album!

Chuck Berry – Rock And Roll Music

On the album With The Beatles, the Beatles had already covered a Chuck Berry song and here they were doing another one on this album. It had been George Harrison that took lead vocal duties on Roll Over Beethoven but this one saw John Lennon take lead vocals.

Roy Lee Johnson – Mr Moonlight

This was something a random track that for some unbeknownst reason became quite popular amongst British bands in the early 1060’s. At the same time as the Beatles were recording their version for the album Beatles For Sale the Hollies were also recording their version of the song! Lead vocals on the Beatles version went to John Lennon.

Little Richard – Kansas City

Kansas City (written by Leiber & Stoller) and the song Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey (written by Little Richard) were combined together on the Beatles album Beatles For Sale to give them a song, sung by Paul McCartney!

Buddy Holly – Words Of Love

Buddy Holly wrote and had a hit with this song in 1957. It wasn’t the only Buddy Holly penned song that the Beatles would cover but it was the only one that made it on to one of their studio albums proper. Lead vocals on the Beatles version were shared by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Carl Perkins – Honey Don’t

The first of two Carl Perkins songs that featured on the Beatles album Beatles For Sale. The Beatles version of this song here had the lead vocal duties performed by drummer Ringo Starr.

Carl Perkins – Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

The Beatles version of this Carl Perkins classic was the last track on their fourth album. Taking the lead vocals on this one was George Harrison.

And there you have it, another Beatles album looked at and more influences on the Beatles music found. Adding those names to the growing list leaves us at this point with the following; John Lennon – Arthur Alexander, Shirelles, Isley Brothers, Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson, Barrett Strong, Chuck Berry, Roy Lee Johnson, Buddy Holly; Paul McCartney – Lenny Welch, Meredith Wilson, Leiber & Stoller, Little Richard, Buddy Holly; George Harrison – Goffin & King, Chuck Berry, Richard Drapkin, Carl Perkins.

Next up is a look at the Beatles album Help!


P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 26th of September 2011 and can be found by clicking HERE.