Saturday, October 24, 2009

I Wanna Be Your Lover, Baby !

The next tune up on the turntable: "I Wanna Be Your Man". This song was written by Lennon/McCartney although from what I've seen, I think it's mainly a Paul song due to the fact that this song was performed by McCartney in the early 90s on some television appearances. Anyhoo, the version on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "With the Beatles" was originally written with the Rolling Stones in mind when Mick and Keith and company were looking for material. The Stones recorded the tune and it was released as a single.

The Beatles used "I Wanna Be Your Man" as a vehicle for a Ringo vocal. Ringo does a fine job but admittedly he doesn't have much to work with. The lyrics are repetitive and bland, the verse is basically a one and a minor five over and over, but the chorus uplifts it a little.

One take of "I Wanna Be Your Man" was recorded in Studio Two on Wednesday September 11 but more takes were attempted the next day September 12 1963. After six takes of the song, the tune was left unfinished for another time. The Beatles picked up the tune again on October 03 1963 overdubbing maracas to the tune. The song was finally finished on Wednesday October 23 1963 and mixed for mono on the same day. The song was mixed for stereo six days later in studio three.

"I Wanna Be Your Man" was performed live several times including the 1965 and 1966 tours. A performance of the song can be heard on the EMI LP "The Beatles Live At the Hollywood Bowl".

"I Wanna Be Your Man" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "With The Beatles", the Capitol of Canada 6000 series LP "Beatlemania: With The Beatles", also the US Capitol LP/CD "Meet The Beatles".

The Beatles performed "I Wanna Be Your Man" twice on BBC radio: once on "Saturday club" and the second time on "From Us to You".

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