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Mr. Moonlight

Written by Roy Lee Johnson

Album This song officially appears on the Beatles For Sale (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1964

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions





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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Mr. Moonlight” is a song written by Roy Lee Johnson, best known for being covered by the Beatles on the 1964 albums Beatles for Sale in the United Kingdom and Beatles ’65 in the United States.

Different versions

The first known recording of the song was by blues pianist Piano Red, recording as “Dr. Feelgood and the Interns“. It was released as a B-side of a minor rhythm & blues hit single (titled “Dr. Feelgood“) in 1962. The record became something of a cult favorite among several young British R&B enthusiasts, some of whom would soon go on to become members of well-known bands.

Another emerging beat group, The Hollies, recorded and released their own performance of the same song nearly simultaneously with the Beatles’ version. […]

The Beatles’ version

The Beatles had covered the song in their live act for years before it appeared on record. Their recording features Latin-style percussion, prominent vocal harmonies, and, unusually, an organ solo. John Lennon sings lead, with backing vocals from Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

The Beatles recorded this song two different days in 1964. The first day was August 14, where they recorded four takes (one and four of which appear on Anthology 1). They recorded again on October 18, again in four takes, the last two of which showcased McCartney on Hammond organ.

FromĀ The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 27 Oct 1964.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1240 For Sale 1964.
    US: Capitol T 2228 Beatles ’65 1964.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46438 2 For Sale 1987.
  • [b] stereo [4 NovĀ 1964 – Edit].
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3062 For Sale 1964.
    US: Capitol ST 2228 Beatles ’65 1964.

[a] fades a little earlier.

Last updated on March 12, 2016

Lyrics

Mr. Moonlight!

You came to me one summer night
And from your beam you made my dream
And from the world you sent my girl
And from above you sent us love

And now she is mine, I think you're fine
'Cause we love you Mr. Moonlight

Mr. Moonlight, come again please
Here I am on my knees begging if you please

And the night you don't come my way
I pray and pray more each day
'Cause we love you Mr. Moonlight

And the night you don't come my way
Oh I pray and pray more each day
'Cause we love you Mr. Moonlight

Mr. Moonlight, come again please
Here I am on my knees begging if you please

And the night you don't come my way
Oh I pray and pray more each day
'Cause we love you Mr. Moonlight
Mr. Moonlight
Mr. Moonlight
Mr. Moonlight

Officially appears on


Beatles For Sale (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:33 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Hammond organ, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr :
Percussion
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
African drum, Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 14, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Oct 27, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles '65 (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:35 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Hammond organ, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr :
Percussion
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
African drum, Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 14, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Oct 27, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles '65 (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:35 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Hammond organ, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr :
Percussion
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
African drum, Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 14, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 04, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles For Sale (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:33 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Hammond organ, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr :
Percussion
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
African drum, Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 14, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 04, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Anthology 1

Official album • Released in 1995

2:48 • OuttakeC • Takes 1 and 4. The version on Beatles For Sale was a remake, taped at EMI on 18 October, but four unreleased takes were recorded on 14 August, and a combination of One and Four is presented here. The first broke down after John's laudable attempt at the shouted introduction. "Nearly!" commented Paul, a wry smile in his voice, as he encouraged his band mate to have another crack at it. Take 4, only the second complete run-through, lacked the organ track that distinguished the October remake, but George's guitar solo in the bridge proves that experimentation with new and different sounds was now a definite quest.

George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 14, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Beatles For Sale - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

0:11 • Alternate take • Take 1 Stereo

Session Recording:
Aug 14, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles For Sale - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

0:15 • Alternate take • Take 2 partial Stereo

Session Recording:
Aug 14, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles For Sale - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

2:37 • Alternate take • Take 4 Mono

Session Recording:
Aug 14, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles For Sale - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

0:11 • Alternate take • Take 1 clean VHS mix with unclipped intro Mono

Recording :
Aug 14, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles For Sale - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

0:15 • Alternate take • Take 2 partial clean VHS mix Mono

Recording :
Aug 14, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Live performances

“Mr. Moonlight” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played



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