The Beatles went on to influence many bands and artists but who were the Beatles influenced by. In the fifth part of a series we will look at some of the influences who made it on to the Beatles album Live At The BBC Disc 1.
Released in 1994 the Beatles Live At The BBC album was a compilation of various songs that the Beatles had performed for the BBC between 1963 and 1965. The album had some Beatles originals on it and some ‘banter’between songs, but it also had a plethora of cover versions – yet another indication of just who the Beatles were influenced by.
This article will have a look at Disc 1 of the Beatles Live At The BBC and look at the cover versions the Beatles performed on the album and which Beatle took the lead vocals on it.
Ray Charles – I Got A Woman
It was as far back as 1954 that Ray Charles had released this a single. The Beatles version had lead vocals by John Lennon.
Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business
One of a number of Chuck Berry songs that the Beatles would record. Lead vocals on the Beatles version were taken by John Lennon.
Little Eva – Keep Your Hand’s Off My Baby
This song, written by Goffin & King, was a hit for Little Eva in 1962. The Beatles cover version for the BBC had John Lennon on lead vocals.
Coasters – Young Blood
Written by Leiber & Stoller (who wrote a number of Elvis Presley’s hits) this song was a chart hit for the Coasters. The Beatles cover version had George Harrison as lead vocalist.
Arthur Alexander – A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
This song was a hit for Arthur Alexander but was written by Terry Thompson. Lead vocalist on the Beatles cover of it was John Lennon.
Carl Perkins – Sure To Fall (In Love With You)
Just one of a number of Carl Perkins songs that the Beatles covered, on this ocassion with Paul McCartney taking on lead vocals.
Richie Barrett – Some Other Guy
This song was first a hit for Richie Barrett in 1962 and was written by Leiber & Stoller. The lead vocals on the Beatles version were handled by both John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Shirelles – Baby It’s You
Lead vocals on the Beatles version of this one were handled by John Lennon.
Arthur Crudup – That’s All Right Mama
It was Arthur Crudup that first had a hit with this song but it is probably best known as being the first single release by Elvis Presley in 1954. The Beatles version had Paul McCartney on lead vocals.
Chuck Berry – Carol
Another Chuck Berry song the Beatles covered and just another one that had John Lennon on lead vocals.
Arthur Alexander – Soldier Of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)
Written by Buzz Cason and Tony Moon, it was a hit for Arthur Alexander and lead vocals on the Beatles version were performed by John Lennon.
The Jodimars – Clarabella
The Jodimars were made up of ex members of Bill Haley & His Comets. The lead vocalist on the Beatles version was Paul McCartney.
Elvis Presley – I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You
This song was written by Joe Thomas and Howard Biggs and Elvis Presley featured his version on his debut album! The Beatles version had John Lennon and Paul McCartney sharing vocal duties.
Buddy Holly – Crying, Waiting, Hoping
Buddy Holly wrote this song and released it as the B-side to Peggy Sue Got Married in 1959. Lead vocals on the Beatles version were by George Harrison.
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me
Lead vocals on the Beatles cover version of this one were by John Lennon.
Phil Spector – To Know Her Is To Love Her
This Phil Spector penned song was first a hit by the Teddy Bears (who changed the Her in to Him). The Beatles version had John Lennon on lead vocals.
Lenny Welch – A Taste Of Honey
The Beatles version of this song also featured on their album Please Please Me, with Paul McCartney on lead vocals.
Little Richard – Long Tall Sally
Little Richard, under the name Richard Penniman, was co-writer of this song. Lead vocals on the Beatles version were handled by Paul McCartney.
Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
Another Chuck Berry song the Beatles covered and gave lead vocals to John Lennon.
Chuck Berry – Memphis Tennessee
And yet another Chuck Berry song the Beatles covered and gave lead vocals to John Lennon.
Little Richard – Lucille
You might have been spotting a pattern emerging! This Little Richard hit was sung by Paul McCartney when the Beatles covered it.
Meredith Wilson – Till There Was You
As discussed elsewhere, lead vocals on the Beatles version of this were handled by Paul McCartney.
Phew, now that that is that list dealt with it is time to update the full list of who influenced the Beatles music; John Lennon – Arthur Alexander, Shirelles, Isley Brothers, Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson, Barrett Strong, Chuck Berry, Roy Lee Johnson, Buddy Holly, Larry Williams, Ray Charles Goffin & King, Richie Barrett, Elvis Presley, Phil Spector; Paul McCartney – Lenny Welch, Meredith Wilson, Leiber & Stoller, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Richie Barrett, Arthur Crudup, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley & His Comets; George Harrison – Goffin & King, Chuck Berry, Richard Drapkin, Carl Perkins, Coasters, Leiber & Stoller, Buddy Holly.
The next step after this is to look at the Beatles album Live At The BBC Disc 2!
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.