- Album This song officially appears on the Anthology 1 Official album.
- Timeline This song has been officially released in 1961
This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions
June 22nd-23rd 1961
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“Cry for a Shadow” is an instrumental rock piece recorded by the Beatles on 22 June 1961. They recorded the song at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle within the gymnasium, Hamburg-Harburg, Germany while they were performing as Tony Sheridan’s backup band for a few tracks, under the moniker the Beat Brothers. It was written by George Harrison with John Lennon, as a parody of the Shadows style. (The Shadows, who backed Cliff Richard, were the biggest British instrumental rock & roll group at the time of the recording.) It imitates the lead guitar with typical Hank Marvin licks, the melodic bass fills, and even has an imitation during the second middle eight of the famous Jet Harris yell. It is the only Beatles track to be credited to Lennon and Harrison alone.
It was intended to be released as the B-side of “Why“, another Sheridan song with the Beatles, but the record company chose to release another song instead. In early 1964, as the Beatles were gaining popularity, the record company Polydor decided to release it, with “Why” changed to the b-side. “Cry for a Shadow“‘s original title was “Beatle Bop“.
“Cry for a Shadow” is one of only two officially released Beatles singles to feature Pete Best on drums. The other is “Ain’t She Sweet,” although it’s alleged that studio drummer Bernard Purdie “sweetened” the drum parts on this recording for American release.
It is also featured on The Beatles’ First [the first British packaging of the 1962 German album by Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers called My Bonnie] and as part of the Anthology 1 compilation in 1995.
Last updated on November 30, 2016
Officially appears on
2:25 • Studio version
Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.