Inevitably, a certain percentage of any artist's creative efforts will be of inferior quality. Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney frequently gave away songs they felt were not worth recording themselves. This posting will be the first in a series showcasing the songs the Beatles gave away.
The first such giveaway was the song "I'll Be On My Way", written by Paul (Sheff page 180) and recorded at EMI Studios by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas on 14 March 1963, and released the following April 26 (Lewisohn page 105).
The Beatles never created a studio recording of "I'll Be On My Way", but on 4 April 1963 (after Kramer had recorded his version, but before it was released) they played a live concert at the BBC Paris Studio in London, which was recorded and broadcast via television on June 24 (Lewisohn page 105). That recording was released commercially on the album Live at the BBC in November 1994.
Sheff, David, G. Barry Golson ed. The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon & Yoko Ono. The Final Testament. Berkley Books, New York, NY, 1981.
Lewisohn, Mark. The Complete Beatles Chronicle. Hamlyn, an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group Limited, London, UK, 2003.
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