The Beatles -- ‘Twist And Shout’

Twist And Shout (2.33)

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

This was the last song to be recorded at the marathon ‘Please Please Me’ session. They’d been singing non-stop for twelve hours by this time, and it was already past ten at night. But George Martin still needed a big finish for the LP, so they gathered in the canteen to gee themselves up. John was suffering from a cold at the time, and was drinking warm milk to stop his voice giving out.

Legend has it that he stripped his top off and ripped it out in a single take, bare-chested. By the end he said “I couldn’t sing the damn thing, I was just screaming. My voice wasn’t the same for a long time after. Every time I swallowed it was like sandpaper.” George Martin recalled: “God alone knows what he did to his larynx each time he performed it, because he made a sound rather like …

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TV recording Twist And Shout (3.05)

  • Credit: Medley / Russell
  • ‘Anthology 1’ album First released in UK:
    Anthology 1 album – 21 Nov ’95
    ‘Anthology 1’ album First released in USA:
    Anthology 1 album – 21 Nov ’95
  • Recorded:
    4 Nov ’63 – Prince of Wales Theatre
  • Programme:
    The Royal Variety Performance – ATV
  • Publisher: EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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Hamburg recording Twist And Shout (2.03)

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

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