"Like dreamers Do" was one of the early songs written by Paul McCartney. He gave the tune to The Applejacks, who released their recording of it on 5 June 1964.
The Beatles themselves made a recording of the song as part of their failed Decca audition on 1 January 1962.
"Nobody I Know" was Paul McCartney's follow-up to "World Without Love", both songs having been given by Paul to his friend and almost brother-in-law, Peter Asher, to record with his duo Peter & Gordon. The song was released on 29 May 1964.
Several supposed bootleg demos of the Beatles playing the song have surfaced, but I am very suspicious of their validity. Even so, here are two of them - decide for yourself if you think it sounds like the real thing or not.
In addition to the fact that this doesn't really sound like Lennon, it's also a McCartney composition. Lennon admitted this in his 1980 interview with David Sheff of Playboy magazine (page 204). So why would Lennon have recorded the demo? My conclusion: This is one is forged.
The vocals sound more legit in this one, but the instrument playing (particularly the lead guitar) and the production does not. That plus the fact that it is definitely NOT part of the Beatles Anthology (as the above video claims) makes me conclude this one is forged, too.
Sheff, David. G. Barry Golson, ed. The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon & Yoko Ono. Berkley Books, New York, NY, 1983.
Paul McCartney's "World Without Love" had trouble finding a home. It was rejected by the Beatles, mostly on account of Lennon's dislike of the lyrics (particularly the opening line, "Please lock me away..."), so Paul offered it to Billy J. Kramer, who had recorded 4 other Beatles giveaways already to that point, but Kramer declined for reasons unknown. So Peter Asher, the brother of Paul's girlfriend at the time Jane Asher, requested the song for his newly-formed duo Peter & Gordon. McCartney happily obliged, and "World Without Love" was released on 28 February 1964, and reached number 1 in the British charts the following June.
The Beatles never made a recording of "World Without Love", but Paul's brief demo, which he gave to Peter Asher some time in late 1963 or early 1964, surfaced unexpectedly in January 2013.
One of Paul McCartney's earliest songs, "Love of the Loved" was a staple of early Beatles stage repertoire. But instead of recording and releasing it themselves, the band decided to give it to Cilla Black, another Brian Epstein talent, who recorded it under producer George Martin, and released the song on 27 September 1963.
Though never officially released, The Beatles did recorded "Love of the Loved" as part of their unsuccessful 1 January 1962 audition for Decca Records.
Lennon's "I'm in Love" was recorded by The Fourmost at Abbey Road Studios on October 1963, under producer George Martin. Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, who had already released four Beatles giveaways by this point, recorded the song, as well, on 14 October 1963, but abandoned the project after 32 apparently unsuccessful takes. It is uncertain who recorded the song first. What is certain is that Kramer never released his version, and The Fourmost released theirs on 15 November 1963.
The Beatles never recorded "I'm in Love", but Lennon did record a demo.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney co-wrote "I Wanna Be Your Man" as a song for Ringo to sing (Ringo sung lead on at least one song on each album). Shortly after composing the song, they decided to give it to the Rolling Stones to record, as well. Quoting Paul: "John and I were walking along Charing Cross Road when passing in a taxi were Mick [Jagger] and Keith [Richards]. We were each other's counterparts in many ways because they became the writers in the group and were the twosome, the couple, as it were. So they shouted from the taxi and we yelled, 'Hey, hey, give us a list, give us a lift,' and we bummed a lift off them. So there were the four of us sitting in a taxi and I think Mick said, 'Hey, we're recording. Got any songs?' And we said, 'Aaah, yes, sure, we got one. How about Ringo's song? You could do it as a single.' Ad they went for it and Bo Diddleyed it up a bit" (Miles, page 154).
"I Wanna Be Your Man" became the Rolling Stones' second single (with "Stoned" as the B side), released 1 November 1963.
The Stones' release actually preceded The Beatles own recording, which was done in September and October 1963, and included on the album With the Beatles, released 22 November 1963.
Miles, Barry. Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now. Henry Holt and Company, Inc, New York, NY, 1997.
The Beatles released "From Me To You" as a single (with "Thank You Girl" as the B-side) on 11 April 1963. In the middle 8 of "From Me To You" are the lyrics "I got lips that long to kiss you And keep you satisfied", the last three words of which are shared with the song "I'll Keep You Satisfied". It is uncertain when McCartney composed "I'll Keep You Satisfied" (whether it was before or after "From Me To You"), but it would seem most logical that the line in "From Me To You" prompted the birth of "I'll Keep You Satisfied", although I have never encountered a quote from Paul to support this notion.
Regardless of chronology, the tune was given to Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, who recorded the song at Abbey Road Studios on 14 October 1963 under the supervision of producer George Martin. (John Lennon was present at the recording, although why is uncertain because it was primarily Paul's tune.) Their recording was then released the following November 1.
The Beatles never recorded "I'll Keep You Satisfied", not even in demo form.
In a 1980 interview with David Sheff of Playboy magazine, John Lennon cited "Hello Little Girl" as his first attempt at songwriting. The first recording of the song dates from mid-1960 during a recording session at Paul McCartney's house using home equipment. The result is hardly hi-fi, but the song is certainly recognizable.
The Beatles also performed and recorded the tune for their ill-fated 1 January 1962 audition for Decca Records. This recording features not only better sound quality, but also performance quality: the tempo is much faster and the vocals are much more rehearsed and accurate - in short, despite the failed audition, the Decca recording is a much more commercially viable pop song. The band has grown a great deal in the intervening year and a half.
The tune remained unreleased, however, until The Fourmost recorded it during the summer of 1963, and released it on August 30.
Sheff, David, G. Barry Golson ed. The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon & Yoko Ono. The Final Testament. Berkley Books, New York, NY, 1981.
On 26 November 1962 the Beatles attempted a recording of McCartney's "Tip of My Tongue", but George Martin was unenthusiastic, so it was shelved. Paul ultimately gave the song to Tommy Quickly, who released his recording on 30 July 1963.
The ending is rather reminiscent of the ending of "Please Please Me", with the machine-gun-like snare fills and chord progression.
No Beatles recording (not even a demo) of the song has survived.
John Lennon wrote "Bad to Me" while on holiday in Spain in April 1963. The Beatles never released a recording of "Bad to Me", although Lennon recorded a demo.
The song was then given to Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas (released 26 July 1963), for whom it became a number 1 hit.
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