Twist And Shout (Medley/Russell)

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Twist And Shout (Medley/Russell)

As Please Please Me was recorded as a studio version of their stage act, Twist And Shout had to be saved for last because producer George Martin was afraid the vocals would harm the throat of John Lennon, who was nursing a bad cold.

Quotes

“I don’t know how they do it. We’ve been recording all day but the longer we go on the better they get.” – George Martin, after recording the song on the first take – the last song recorded for Please Please Me

“I did try a second take…but John’s voice had gone.” – George Martin

BBC Performances

See THERE WILL BE A SHOW TONIGHT: The BBC Performances for complete information on BBC performances and recordings

  • Talent Spot – recorded November 27, 1962, broadcast December 4, 1962
  • Swingin’ Sound – recorded April 18, 1963, broadcast April 18, 1963
  • Steppin’ Out – recorded May 21, 1963 but not broadcast
  • Pop Go The Beatles – recorded June 17, 1963, broadcast June 25, 1963
  • The Beat Show – recorded July 3, 1963, broadcast July 4, 1963
  • Easy Beat – recorded July 17, 1963, broadcast July 21, 1963
  • Pop Go The Beatles – recorded July 16, 1963, broadcast August 6, 1963
  • Saturday Club – recorded July 30, 1963, broadcast August 24, 1963
  • Pop Go The Beatles – recorded August 1, 1963, broadcast August 27, 1963
  • Pop Go The Beatles – recorded September 3, 1963, broadcast September 24, 1963 and released on Bootleg Recordings 1963 (2013)

Personnel

  • John Lennon – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – bass, backing vocals
  • George Harrison – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Ringo Starr – drums

Release history