The Beatles -- ‘Cry For A Shadow’

Hamburg recording Cry For A Shadow (2.23)

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

This was recorded during the Tony Sheridan session in June ’61. It was originally going to be called ‘Beatle Bop’, but they changed it’s name to have a cheeky dig at Cliff Richard’s backing band – The Shadows.

Pete Best described it in his autobiography: “‘Cry For A Shadow’ was born during our first Hamburg tour. It was put together by George in a few minutes after Rory Storm had called in on us during a rehearsal at the Kaiserkeller. He was telling us how much he liked The Shadows’ song ‘Frightened City’. ‘Can you play it?’ he asked. ‘It goes like this,’ he added, starting to sing the opening bars. George intentionally began to play around The Shadows’ melody in a sort of counterpart – without Rory having the slightest suspicion that he was being sent up. John joined in and …

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