This does not include cover versions by other bands, only songs that were truly given to other artists (although in some cases the Beatles did record their own version of it, but not for general release at the time).

I’ll Be On My Way

(Paul McCartney)
Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGhMtVrm8Z4

This song was not released as a single by Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas. Instead they released the song ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ as their debut song which was a song that was originally earmarked for the Beatles, who had no interest in (listen to the Beatles version on the Anthology album and you will hear how uninterested they sound about playing the song.)

Bad To Me

(John Lennon)
Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas

This song was the second single by Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas which they managed to take to the top of the UK charts in late 1963.

I’m In Love

(John Lennon)
The Fourmost

The second single by the Fourmost it peaked at number 17 in the UK charts and was released on the Parlaphone label.

Hello Little Girl

(John Lennon)
The Fourmost

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3EscC9UgLA

This was the Fourmost’s debut single and it was just another case of a song written by a Beatle being taken into the top 10 of the charts by someone else. This one peaked at number 9 in late 1963.

I’ll Keep You Satisfied

(Paul McCartney)
Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09PCVcCZWSA

Another song written by a Beatle for Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, the success was almost guaranteed. Another top 10 hit in the UK, this one only reaching number 4.

I Wanna Be Your Man

(Lennon.McCartney)
The Rolling Stones

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6myXYN5u80

When the Rolling Stones released their debut album they had only written two songs on it. This song, written by a Beatle, was one of the covers on the album and became the Stones second single reaching number 12 in the charts in 1963. A year later the Beatles decided to record it for one of their albums.

Tip Of My Tongue

(McCartney)
Tommy Quickly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ82Vj1oke8

Tommy Quickly was a label mate of the Beatles so it was no suprise that a song was written for him. However this sond, although being released as a single, failed to chart.

Love Of The Loved

(McCartney)
Cilla Black

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL-LidERgdM

Cilla Black was another act who Brian Epstein managed, she latterly went on to have a glowing tv career but in the 60’s it was her music that brought fame. This song was her debut single, peaking at a rather lowl number 35 in the charts.

A World Without Love

(McCartney)
Peter and Gordon

Peter Asher and Gordon Waller made up this duo who had some of their hits written by Paul McCartney. The link between them was that Peter Asher was the brother of McCartney’s then girlfriend, Jane Asher. The song was taken straight to the top of the charts in 1964.

One and One is Two

(McCartney)
Mike Shannon and The Strangers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gkt3hGdE0s

Arguably one of the lamest songs that have ever been written, let alone by one of the Beatles. This song did not chart at all in the UK or the US. One listen to it and it is easy to understand why.

Nobody I Know

(McCartney)
Peter and Gordon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdvormrGHDg

Their second single release and the second written by a Beatle, this one did not do as well as the last one, peaking at number 10 in the summer of 1964.

From A Window

(McCartney)
Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-kcJVLvFSc

In the summer of 1964 Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas released this song, it was their last top 10 hit and their second last release ever. Many people claim they only recieved their success in the first place by jumping on the Beatles bandwagon.

It’s For You

(McCartney)
Cilla Black

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qenVKXyWWHw

In the autumn of 1964 Cilla Black released her fourth single and her second Beatles penned one. This one managed to climb up to number 7 in the UK charts.

Like Dreamers Do

(McCartney)
The Applejacks

A song that was clearly never going to be a good Beatles song was nonetheless turned into a song of distinction by the Applejacks. They released it in the summer of 1964, peaking at number 20 in the UK charts.

I Don’t Want To See You Again

(McCartney)
Peter and Gordon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BovJKfBqJPc

Another song written by a Beatle and performed by Peter and Gordon, this song did not chart for them in the UK.

That Means A Lot

(Lennon/McCarteny)
PJ Proby

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfIIhwDJpoU

Listenting to the Beatles demo of this song on the Anthology album shows that it definetly had potential, so it is with some suprise that PJ Proby’s version was never a hit single.

Woman

(McCartney)
Peter and Gordon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtfIrO8CFnQ

Released without the writing credits of Lennon/McCartney on it (an attempt to see if it only sold well because of the names being on it), it reached number 28 in the UK charts. Not sure what that proves.

Cat Call

(McCartney)
The Chris Barber Band

An instrumental the Beatles occassionally played in Liverpool in 1960, it was polished up a bit and handed to Chris Barber to have a ‘hit’ with in 1967.

Step Inside Love

(McCartney)
Cilla Black

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHVLwHJNC-0

This song was demoed with Cilla Black singing and Paul McCartney playing acoustic guitar. When released as a single in 1968 it peaked at number 8 in the UK.

Thingumybob

(McCartney)
The Black Dyke Mills Band

An early release on the Apple label, it was a song that McCartney had written for a brass band. Bizarre just doesn’t cover it.

Come and Get It

(McCartney)
Badfinger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPHGVO1DsPM

Beatles demo version of this song appeared on the Anthology album but it was given to Badfinger (another band on the Apple label) and became their debut hit in 1970, reaching number 4 in the UK charts.

Penina

(McCartney)
Carlos Mendes

Paul McCartney wrote this ‘song’ while on holiday in Portugal in 1969, he gave it away to a local performer called Carlos Mendes. Not really much of a song to be honest.

So there you have it – the 22 songs that the Beatles gave away to other artists. (would have been 23 because Paul McCartney originally intended Let It Be to be sung by Aretha Franklin but kept it as a Beatles song. Although Franklin did cover it years later). Of the 22 songs 15 of them were hits in the UK although very few of them could ever be described as classic Lennon/McCartney songs.

P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 24th of April 2009 and can be found by clicking HERE.