The Beatles -- ‘I Call Your Name’

I Call Your Name (2.09)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, cowbell;

This was recorded in seven takes at the same session as ‘Long Tall Sally’.

Paul recalled that “we worked on it together, but it was John’s idea. When I look back at some of these lyrics, I think, wait a minute. What did he mean? ‘I call your name but you’re not there.’ Is it his mother? His father? I must admit I didn’t really see that as we wrote it because we were just a couple of young guys writing. You didn’t look behind it at the time, it was only later that you started analysing things.”

The Beatles ended up giving the song to their Brian Epstein stablemate Billy J. Kramer to sing, who used it on the flip-side of his No.1 hit ‘Bad To Me’ (which was also written by John). That song was then knocked off the top by The Beatles’ own ‘She Loves You’ two weeks …

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