I debated whether or not to include Eddie Cochran in my survey of how American Rock 'n' Roll influenced the Beatles because he's clearly subordinate to the major influences of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry. After all, the Beatles never officially recorded any of his songs, and only covered four Cochran songs in their live shows:
Of those four, only one recording has survived: "Hallelujah I Love Her So", which exists in two versions. The first from a home recording the [at the time Silver] Beatles made at Paul McCartney's house some time in mid-1960, which was officially released (though in heavily edited form) as part of The Beatles Anthology.
The second recording was made in December 1962 at the Star-Club in Hamburg, with Horst Fascher singing lead, which was included on the album Live at the Star-Club.
But, and perhaps most significantly, Paul's playing of "Twenty Flight Rock" at his first meeting with John Lennon sufficiently impressed the latter to eventually invite the younger to join his band. Of course, no recording exists of that performance, but Paul has made recordings since made "recreations" of that audition.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.