Monday, October 20, 2008

Tony Sheridan And The Beatles-Hamburg 1961

While performing in Hamburg between 1960 and 1963, Sheridan employed various backup bands. In 1961 one such band, who had met Sheridan during their first visit to Hamburg in 1960, and who worked with him on their second, was The Beatles. At the time The Beatles were composed of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best. When German Polydor agent Bert Kaempfert saw the pairing on stage, he suggested that they make some recordings together. In 1962, after a series of singles (the first of which, "My Bonnie"/"The Saints" made it to #5 in the Hit Parade), Polydor released the album My Bonnie across Germany. Although The Beatles had enjoyed the joke in their stage performances, "Beatles" was judged to sound too similar to the German "Pidels" (pronounce peedles), the plural of a slang term for the penis, to be released under that name, and the album was credited to "Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers". After The Beatles had gained fame, the album was re-released in Britain, with the credit altered to "Tony Sheridan and The Beatles".

Tony Sheridan And The Beatles-Hamburg 1961 @320

01. Why (Can't You Love Me Again)
02. Cry For A Shadow
03. Let's Dance
04. Ya, Ya
05. What'd I Say
06. Ruby Baby
07. Take Out Some Insurance
08. Sweet Georgia Brown


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