The 21 Songs On The 12 British Albums Not Composed By Any Of The Beatles

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The Miracles
Cover: Courtesy of Motown Records

Anna (Go to Him) (Alexander)

Chains (Goffin/King) A hit for the Cookies in 1962 by the prolific husband and wife team that worked out of the Brill Building.

Boys (Dixon/Farrell)

Baby It’s You (Bacharach/David/Williams)

A Taste of Honey (Marlow/Scott)

Twist and Shout (Medley/Russell)

Till There Was You (Willson) – Performed by the Beatles at Royal Variety Show in 1963 it came from the Broadway show, The Music Man.

Please Mr. Postman (Bateman/Dobbins/Garrett/Gorman/Holland) The first No.1 for the Tamla label.

Roll over Beethoven (Berry) The Beatles, The Stones and the Beach Boys all covered Chuck Berry’s songs, which earned Ol’ Flat Top a tidy sum.

You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me (Robinson) This had just been a big hit in America for Smokey Robinson’s group The Miracles.

Devil in Her Heart (Drapkin)

Money (That’s What I Want) (Bradford/Gordy) Berry Gordy was the founder of Tamla Motown Records

Rock & Roll Music (Berry)

Mr. Moonlight (Johnson)

Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [medley] (Lieber/Penniman/Stoller)

Words of Love (Holly)

Honey Don’t (Perkins)

Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby (Perkins) George sings lead vocal on one of his hero’s recordings.

Act Naturally (Morrison/Russell)

Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Williams) Larry Williams wrote it and had a minor hit in 1958.

Maggie Mae (Traditional)

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  1. Tim Barton

    August 1, 2014 at 12:14 am

    The Beatles chose very good covers, many of which benefitted from nightly reworkings on a grimy stage in Hamburg. By the time it came to recording these songs, they were such a tight unit that they easily made these songs nearly their own. Oh, and they were wise to pass on How Do You Do It? A fine hit for Gerry and the Pacemakers, but not one for the Fabs to waste time on.

  2. Lyle Edwards

    June 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    You left out Matchbox by Carl Perkins

  3. Jack Kidd

    December 28, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Have a listen to 3 of Paul Overstreet’s songs; 1) Takes a whole lot of liquor to like her 2) She ain’t at home on the range 3) I think she only loves me for my Willie.

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