The Sheik Of Araby

Album This song officially appears on the Anthology 1 Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1995

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


The Decca Audition

Jan 01, 1962


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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

The Sheik of Araby” is a song that was written in 1921 by Harry B. Smith and Francis Wheeler, with music by Ted Snyder. It was composed in response to the popularity of the Rudolph Valentino feature film The Sheik. In 1926, to go with the film The Son of the Sheik, Ted Snyder worked parts of the melody into “That Night in Araby“, a related song with words by Billy Rose.

The Sheik of Araby” was a Tin Pan Alley hit, and was also adopted by early jazz bands, especially in New Orleans, making it a jazz standard. It was a well recognized part of popular culture. A verse also appears in the novel The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In 1926, Fleischer Studios released a cartoon with this song, recorded in Phonofilm, as part of their Song Car-Tunes series, and a live action short with this title was filmed in Phonofilm in the UK, directed by Miles Mander.

The “Araby” in the title refers to Arabia or the Arabian Peninsula. The appeal to New Orleans bands may have lain in “Araby” sharing the same pronunciation as Arabi, Louisiana, a town downriver from New Orleans’ 9th Ward and a center for gambling just outside city limits until the early 1950s. […]

From The Beatles Bible:

The Beatles recorded a version of The Sheik Of Araby, a vaudeville song from 1922, during their unsuccessful audition for Decca Records on 1 January 1962.

The group based their arrangement on a rock ‘n’ roll version released by Joe Brown and The Bruvvers in 1961. George Harrison was a big fan of Brown, and sang lead vocals on The Beatles’ version.

Last updated on December 3, 2016

Lyrics

Well I'm the Sheik of Araby
Your love belongs to me
Well at nights when you're asleep
Into your tent I'll creep

Not 'alf

The stars that shine above
Will light our way to love
And you'll rule this world with me
I'm the Sheik of Araby

Well I'm the Sheik of Araby
Your love belongs to me
Whoa, at nights when you're asleep
Into your tent I'll creep

A-ha

The stars that shine above
Will light our way to love
You'll rule this world with me
I'm the Sheik of Araby
Well I'm the Sheik of Araby
Well I'm the Sheik of Araby

Officially appears on


Anthology 1

Official album • Released in 1995

1:43 • Studio rehearsalA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Lead guitar, Vocals
Pete Best :
Drums
Mike Smith :
Producer

Session Recording:
Jan 01, 1962
Studio :
Decca Studios


Anthology 1 (2016 remaster)

Streaming • Released in 2016

1:43 • Studio rehearsalA2016

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Lead guitar, Vocals
Pete Best :
Drums
Mike Smith :
Producer

Session Recording:
Jan 01, 1962
Studio :
Decca Studios

Bootlegs


The Decca Tapes - The Definitive Edition

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

1:44 • Demo


I Hope We Passed The Audition

Unofficial live

1:42 • Studio version


Pugin's Hall Rehearsals 1980

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

Rehearsal

Session Recording:
Oct 30, 1980
Studio :
Pugin Hall, Tenterden, Kent, UK

Live performances

“The Sheik Of Araby” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where The Sheik Of Araby has been played


Manchester • Oasis Club • United Kingdom

Feb 02, 1962 • United Kingdom • Manchester • Oasis Club

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Louis 2 years ago

Danny and Dena Gugulmie recorded on their album of the 50's that same song, check out the record.


The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Thanks Louis ! Will need to listen to this version !


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