Today after extensive and painstaking research it can be revealed to the world!
Those apparently limitlessly talented artists "The Beatles" did not write all their own tunes!
I have uncovered incontrovertible evidence that many of their recordings were ACTUALLY PREVIOUSLY RECORDED BY OTHER ARTISTS!
Years back I thought it an interesting idea to collect all the original artists' versions of songs The Beatles recorded.
Initially, back when I first got a computer, and mp3 file-sharing was all the rage, I found maybe half-a-dozen that I knew off the top of my head, and left it at that.
Then, the day it came out, 09/09/09 (on pre-order actually), I bought the CD box set "The Beatles in Mono" (above). Some time later in 20013 I went through all the set and compiled a full list of the cover versions.
Please Please Me 3 Anna (Go To Him) Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander
Please Please Me 4 Chains The Cookies Goffin, King A minor hit for Little Eva’s backing singers The Cookies, and later covered by Buddy Holly
Please Please Me 5 Boys The Shirelles Dixon, Farrell Released as the B-side of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" in November 1960.
Please Please Me 10 Baby It's You The Shirelles Bacharach, David, Williams The Shirelles took the song to #8 in the US
Please Please Me 12 A Taste Of Honey Lenny Welch Marlow, Scott 1963. Instrumental first performed by Scott 1960 track 10 and features in the play A Taste Of Honey (1960).Shelagh Dalaney's script was filmed in 1961 by Tony Richardson and starred Liverpool actress Rita Tushingham
Please Please Me 14 Twist And Shout The Isley Brothers Medley, Russell The Isley Brothers' version was the 1st major hit of the song, peaking at #17 on the US pop charts and #2 on the US R&B charts
With The Beatles 6 Till There Was You Peggy Lee Meredith Willson In March 1961 "Till There Was You" was a minor hit in the UK for Peggy Lee. McCartney said: "I had no idea until much later that it was from The Music Man."
With The Beatles 7 Please Mr Postman Marvelettes Holland, Bateman, Gorman Notable as the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.
With The Beatles 8 Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry Berry 1956 notable as one of the earliest definitive rock and roll recordings
With The Beatles 10 You've Really Got A Hold On Me The Miracles Robinson A major hit for the Miracles, peaking at number-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number-one on the R&B chart.
With The Beatles 12 Devil In Her Heart The Donays Richard Drapkin Originally released in 1962 by The Donays as "Devil In His Heart" on Brent 7033 with b-side "Bad Boy".
With The Beatles 14 Money (That's What I Want) Barrett Strong Bradford, Gordy A 1959 hit single by Barrett Strong for the Tamla label distributed by Anna Records. The song was written by Tamla founder Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford and would become the first hit record for Gordy's label soon to be renamed Motown.
Long Tall Sally EP 1 Long Tall Sally Litlle Richard "Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman 1956 #1 on the Billboard R&B chart, staying at the top for six of 19 weeks, while peaking at number six on the pop chart.
Long Tall Sally EP 3 Slow Down Larry Williams Larry Williams ?
Long Tall Sally EP 4 Matchbox Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 1957
Beatles For Sale 4 Rock & Roll Music Chuck Berry Chuck Berry 1957
Beatles For Sale 6 Mr. Moonlight Dr. Feelgood and the Interns Roy Lee Johnson 1962 recording featuring Piano Red.
Beatles For Sale 9 Words of Love Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Recorded by him on April 8, 1957. Holly harmonized for himself by tape-recording each part and combining them.
Beatles For Sale 10 Honey Don't Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 1956
Beatles For Sale 14 Everbody's Trying to Be My Baby Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 1956
The Beatles VI 4 Bad Boy Larry Williams Larry Williams ?
Help! 8 Act Naturally Buck Owens Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison 1963 Reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart
Help! 14 Dizzy Miss Lizzy Larry Williams Larry Williams 1958