The Beatles -- ‘Too Much Monkey Business’

Radio recording Too Much Monkey Business (2.06)

  • Credit: Berry
  • ‘Live At The BBC’ album First released in UK:
    Live At The BBC album – 30 Nov ’94
    ‘Live At The BBC’ album First released in USA:
    Live At The BBC album – 6 Dec ’94
  • Producer: Ian Grant
  • Recorded:
    3 Sep ’63 – Aeolian Hall Studios
  • Programme:
    Pop Go The Beatles – BBC Light Programme
  • Publisher: Jewel Music Publishing Co. Ltd.

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

This was the first of eight Chuck Berry numbers on ‘Live At The BBC’.

“It was meant to describe most of the kinds of hassles a person encounters in everday life,” explained Chuck. “But when I got into writing I realised I needed over a hundred verses to portray the major areas that bug people the most. I was even making up words then like ‘botheration’ to emphasise the nuisances that bothered people. I tried to use (or make up) words that wouldn’t be hard to decipher by anyone from fifth grade on. I hadn’t received any kickback about using ‘motorvating’ in ‘Maybellene’, so why not compete with Noah Webster again?”

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