The Beatles -- ‘Memphis Tennessee’

Decca audition Memphis, Tennessee (2.20)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Drums: Pete Best

This originally appeared on the flip-side of Chuck Berry’s ‘Back In The USA’ (which inspired Paul to write ‘Back In The USSR’).

Chuck described the song in his autobiography: “It was recorded in my first office building at 4221 West Easton Avenue in St. Louis, in a homemade studio on a muggy July afternoon. It got its roots from a bluesy selection by Muddy Waters played when I was in my teens that went ‘Long distance operator, give me (something something), I want to talk to my baby, she’s (something else).’ I don’t remember any more now but I did then, and spirited my rendition of that feeling into my song. For a long while ‘Memphis’ was the song covered by most other groups, until ‘Johnny B. Goode’ caught on and took …

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Radio recording Memphis, Tennessee (2.13)

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

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