Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rock On George, One Time For Ringo

The next tune from the "Beatles For Sale" Parlophone UK LP is another cover version and was a vehicle for Ringo to sing. Ringo was featured on most (but not all) of the Beatles' LP with usually one or two songs to sing for the fans. On the first LP, the song was "Boys", on the second LP is was "I Wanna Be Your Man" and there were no Ringo songs for the third LP/ soundtrack to the first movie. But on the fourth LP, the song featured was originally written and performed by the late great Sun Records artist Carl Perkins. It was entitle "Honey Don't". This was the second time that Ringo had covered a Carl Perkins tune - the first being "Matchbox" from the "Long Tall Sally" EP.

"Honey Don't" was recorded on Monday October 26 1964 at EMI studio two in five takes. The tambourine was overdubbed. Personally, the tune sounds like a rush job for me as I swear the acoustic guitar that John plays is slightly out of tune by this point. Also, Ringo's voice doesn't really do it for me on this one. I always prefer the earlier Lennon sung version performed for BBC radio. John Lennon adds the "bop bop" vocals and it is played much better than the LP version. Just my thoughts, folks.

"Honey Don't" was mixed for mono and stereo on the same day: Tuesday October 27 1964 in the control room of studio two.

"Honey Don't" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Beatles For Sale" as well as the North American Capitol LP/CD "Beatles '65".

"Honey Don't" was performed four times for the BBC radio on "Pop Go the Beatles" episode 12, "From Us to You", "Top Gear" and "The Beatles Invite You to Take A Ticket To Ride". The ver first BBC performance (with the Lennon vocal) is available on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "Live At the BBC". The song was also performed during the 1964/65 Christmas shows and the European leg of the 1965 tour.

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