Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Twenty One Songs Not Composed by any of the Beatles

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 New York's 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 been a big hit in America for Smokey Robinson’s group The Miracles just before the Beatles covered it.
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 records.
Act Naturally (Morrison/Russell)
Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Williams) - Larry Williams wrote it and had a minor hit in 1958.
Maggie Mae (Traditional)


r morris said...

This is good stuff, Richard. I have a related question for you. Did Frank Sinatra write ANY of his songs that became popular?

Richard Havers said...

He hardly wrote any songs, and even the few with his name on are arguably about business more than song writing. The first song with a Sinatra writing credit is, This Love of Mine, he recorded it in 1941 in New York City - it made No.3 in the Billboard charts.

Sol Parker was 21 in 1941 when he took a song he had written to a friend of his who then took it to Frank and Hank Sanicola. "My friend played it on the piano and I sang it," Parker recalled. "And there was a skinny little Italian kid, stroking his chin and listening. When we were done, he said, 'Let's make it more commercial.'” After a little tinkering it became ‘This Love of Mine’ and earned Parker, from his third share of the royalties around $300,000 over the years.