The Beatles -- ‘Besame Mucho’

Decca audition Besame Mucho (2.38)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Rhythm guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Drums: Pete Best

This song has cropped up numerous times in The Beatles’ career. The first version to be made available was on the ‘Live At The Star-Club’ LP, but they also performed it at their Decca and EMI audition.

Paul recalled the song in his autobiography ‘Many Years From Now’: “I had this very diverse little record collection from which I was culling material,” he said. “I remember I had the Coasters’ ‘Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart’, which was on the B-side of ‘Yakety Yak’. I can still look back on those records and see what I liked. With ‘Besame Mucho’ (also by the Coasters), it was a minor song that changes to a major, and where it changes to a major it’s such a big moment musically. That major change attracted me so …

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Take unknown Besame Mucho (2.37)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Rhythm guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Drums: Pete Best

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Hamburg recording Besame Mucho (2.37)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Rhythm guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

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Appears on albumsLive! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962 The Complete Silver Beatles Anthology 1
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