A Taste of Honey

Written by Bobby ScottRic Marlow

Album This song officially appears on the Please Please Me (Mono) Official album.
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

A Taste of Honey” is a pop standard written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow. It was originally an instrumental track (or recurring theme) written for the 1960 Broadway version of the 1958 British play A Taste of Honey (which was also made into the film of the same name in 1961). Both the original and a cover by Herb Alpert in 1965 earned the song four Grammy Awards. A vocal version of the song, first recorded by Lenny Welch (and released on 17 September 1962), became popular when it was recorded by English rock group the Beatles in 1963. […]

Vocal versions

Lenny Welch recorded the first vocal version. It was released as a single in September 1962 on the Cadence Records label and included on his 1963 album Since I Fell for You. This version also credits Lee Morris as a writer but it is not known if it was he who provided the lyrics. This credit does not appear on any covers of the song, with only Marlow/Scott credited.

Performed during their live repertoire from 1962, the Beatles used Lenny Welch’s adaptation, slightly changing the lyrics in the chorus. A version from this time was released in 1977 on the album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. As the instrumental version by Acker Bilk was popular in the United Kingdom at the time, the song was chosen to be recorded for their 1963 debut album, Please Please Me, with Paul McCartney singing lead – this version is notable in that, during the middle eight, McCartney’s vocal is double-tracked, the first of many songs in which the Beatles did so. In the US this song first appeared on the VeeJay Records album Introducing… The Beatles. They also performed “A Taste of Honey” seven times for BBC radio shows, including Here We Go, Side by Side and Easy Beat. In 1967, McCartney wrote “Your Mother Should Know” based on a line taken from the screenplay.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 25 Feb 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
    US: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing 1963.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987.
  • [b] stereo 25 Feb 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3042 Please Please Me 1963.
    US: Vee Jay VJSR 1062 Introducing 1963.
  • [b1] stereo remixed from [b] 1965, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol ST 2309 The Early 1965.
  • [b2] mono made from [b] 1965, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol T 2309 The Early 1965.

Lyrics

A taste of honey
Tasting much sweeter than wine
I dream of your first kiss
And then I feel upon my lips again
A taste of honey
Tasting much sweeter than wine
I will return, yes I will return
I'll come back for the honey and you
Yours was the kiss that awoke my heart
There lingers still, though we're far apart
That taste of honey
Tasting much sweeter than wine
Oh I will return, yes I will return
I'll come back (He'll come back)
for the honey (For the honey)
and you

Officially appears on


Please Please Me (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1963

2:03 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Twist and Shout

EP • Released in 1963

2:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Please Please Me (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1963

2:03 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


The Early Beatles (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:06 • Studio versionB2 • Mono • Mono made from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


The Early Beatles (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:05 • Studio versionB1 • Stereo • Stereo remixed from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

1:58 • Radio show • The Lenny Welch recording of this popular standard had inspired the Beatles version for the ‘Please Please Me’ LP.

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 13, 1963


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

2:13 • Outtake • Take 6

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

2:01 • Live

Concert From "Easy Beat" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 23, 1963


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

1:56 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 18, 1963


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

2:00 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Sep 10, 1963

Bootlegs


Star Club - Hamburg, Germany - December 1962

Unofficial live

1:58 • Live


Star Club - Hamburg, Germany - December 1962

Unofficial live

3:04 • Live


Star Club - Hamburg, Germany - December 1962

Unofficial live

2:09 • Live


The BBC Archives Volume 2

Unofficial album

2:06 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 3

Unofficial album

1:55 • Radio show

Concerts where “A Taste of Honey” has been played

“A Taste of Honey” has been played in 31 concerts.

Latest concerts where “A Taste of Honey” has been played


Pop Go The Beatles

Sep 10, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


Pop Go The Beatles

Jul 23, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


The Beat Show

Jul 04, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


Pop Go The Beatles

Jun 25, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


Easy Beat

Jun 23, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions

Tours where “A Taste of Honey” has been played




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