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Clarabella

Written by Frank Pingatore

Album This song officially appears on the Live At The BBC Official live.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1994

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Clarabella” is a pop song composed by Frank Pingatore and recorded by the Jodimars (a group made of former members of Bill Haley & His Comets) in 1956. Today, it is best known for being recorded by the Beatles for the radio programme “Pop Go the Beatles” on 2 July 1963, which was broadcast on the 16th of that month. It was released commercially on compact disc much later, on the 1994 compilation album Live at the BBC, although years earlier a similar rendition by Billy Preston (who would later work with the Beatles on their later recordings) was performed on a 1965 episode of Shindig!. […]

In Live At The BBC liner notes:

In the Beatles’ set list since 1960, this obscure favourite of Paul’s was originally recorded in 1956 by the Jodimars – refugees from Bill Haley’s Comets.

From The Beatles Bible:

In contrast to the slower, Elvis-style original, The Beatles’ version of Clarabella was a souped-up rocker, complete with the first recorded outing for Paul McCartney’s Little Richard impersonation.

Although it was never recorded by the group for EMI, McCartney has suggested that the song was put forward as a possible cover version. Talking about the songs recorded for the BBC, he said:

I think we probably played them all to George [Martin] and said, ‘How about this one?’ Clarabella was one.” – Paul McCartney, The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn

Last updated on January 30, 2016

Lyrics

Well, I've got a baby
Crazy for me
Yeah, I've got a baby
Won't let me be

Whoa, baby baby, Clarabella
Baby baby, Clarabella
Baby baby, whoa, whoa, yeah

Well, she needs no
Coachin' on makin' love
All she needs is the stars up above

Whoa, baby baby, Clarabella
Baby baby, Clarabella
Baby baby, whoa, whoa, yeah

Well now, Clarabella
You're my honey, Clarabella
Ooh yeah Clarabella
I said you're my baby, Clarabella
Yeah, Clarabella, baby
Wo wo, yeah yeah

Well, she's got no time for-a dungarees
Already knows her ABCs

Whoa, baby baby, Clarabella
Baby baby, Clarabella
Baby baby, whoa, whoa, yeah

Well now, Clarabella, yeah
You're my honey, Clarabella
Whoo, you're my baby, Clarabella
You're my honey, Clarabella, yeah
Yeah, Clarabella, baby
Whoa whoa, well, oh yeah

Officially appears on


Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

2:39 • Radio showL1

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jul 16, 1963

Bootlegs


The BBC Archives Volume 4

Unofficial album

2:48 • Radio show


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 4

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

3:08 • LiveL1

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jul 16, 1963

Live performances

“Clarabella” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Clarabella” has been played


Pop Go The Beatles

Jul 16, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


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