The Beatles -- ‘Swanee River’

Hamburg recording Swanee River (2.57)

George Harrison: Rhythm guitar; Lead vocal: Tony Sheridan; Bass guitar: Colin Melander; Piano: Roy Young; Saxophone: Ricki Barnes; Drums: Pete Best

Much mystery surrounds this track – so get ready to be confused. It was first recorded by Tony Sheridan on the 21st December 1961 under the name ‘Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers’ – the same name that featured on the German ‘My Bonnie’ single with The Beatles. But The Beatles had nothing at all to do with this recording – Tony used the same name for all of his backing-bands, regardless of its members.

When The Beatles returned to Hamburg in April ’62 they recorded another couple of songs for Berthold Kaempfert to fulfil the terms of their short-term contract. It is generally assumed that these songs were ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ and ‘Swanee River’ – although there is no documentary proof that ‘Swanee River’ featured The Beatles. But the fact that ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’

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