The Beatles -- ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’

Hamburg recording Sweet Georgia Brown (2.29)

John Lennon: Backing vocal, rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Backing vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Backing vocal, lead guitar; Lead vocal: Tony Sheridan; Piano: Roy Young; Drums: Pete Best

This is another confusing track for collectors because it often gets mixed up with Tony Sheridan’s alternate version. The Beatles version was recorded in April ’62 and subsequently dumped. When Tony’s album came out in June 1962, he’d swapped it for an alternate version taped in December that didn’t feature The Beatles at all. But when Beatlemania started sweeping the UK six months later, Polydor called him in to re-record the vocals.

It was then re-released with The Beatles’ backing track intact, and contained some topical references to length of their hair. A couple of the classy couplets go like this: “In Liverpool she even dare, to criticise The Beatles’ hair,” and “Snap chicks cry, they wanna die, when George does the …

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