Monday, January 09, 2006

Ask Me Why

UNITED KINGDOM: Previously released as a single January 11, 1963, as the B side of "Please Please Me."

UNITED STATES: Capitol refused to release this, but Vee Jay did on February 25, 1963, as the B side to "Please Please Me," the Beatles first U.S. single. It was not a Top 40 hit. The Long and Winding Road: An Intimate Guide to the Beatles

AUTHORSHIP Lennon (.7) and McCartney (.3)
Written in the spring of 1962, this was the first of many Lennon and McCartney compositions to show the influence of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, one of their favourite Motown groups.
McCARTNEY: "It was John's original idea and we both sat down and wrote it together, just did a job on it. It was mostly John's." Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now

November 26, 1962, at Abbey Road.

McCARTNEY: bass, harmony vocal
LENNON: rhythm guitar, lead vocal
HARRISON: lead guitar, harmony vocal
STARR: drums

This song was part of the Beatles' live repertoire in 1962 and 1963, and was one of the songs performed at the Beatles' Parlophone Records audition in 1962.
The public first heard this song on the BBC radio program Teenager's Turn, June 11, 1962, exactly seven months before it was released as a single. The Complete Beatles Chronicle

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