Twist and Shout

Written by Phil MedleyBert Russell

Album This song officially appears on the Please Please Me (Mono) LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1963

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions




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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Twist and Shout” is a 1961 song written by Phil Medley and Bert Berns (later credited as “Bert Russell”). The song was originally titled “Shake It Up, Baby” and recorded by the Top Notes. It first became a chart hit as a cover single by the Isley Brothers in 1962. The song has since been covered by several artists, including the Beatles on their first album Please Please Me (1963), as well as The Tremeloes in 1962 and The Who in 1970 and 1984. […]

The Beatles’ version

Released on the Beatles’ first UK album, Please Please Me (1963), the recording of which on February 11, 1963 was their first album session and is notable for 11 songs recorded in a mere 10 hours. “Twist and Shout“, with John Lennon on lead vocals, was the last song recorded; producer George Martin knew Lennon’s voice would suffer from the performance, so he left it until last, with only 15 minutes of scheduled recording time remaining.

Lennon was suffering from a cold, and was drinking milk and sucking on cough drops to soothe his throat. His coughing is audible on the album, as is the cold’s effect on his voice. Even so, he produced a memorable vocal performance: a raucous, dynamic rocker. He later said his voice was not the same for a long time afterward, and that “every time [he] swallowed, it felt like sandpaper“.

A second take was attempted, but Lennon had nothing left and it was abandoned. George Martin said, “I did try a second take … but John’s voice had gone.

Released as a single in the US on March 2, 1964, with “There’s a Place” as its B-side, by Chicago-based Vee-Jay Records on the Tollie label, it reached number 2 on April 4, 1964, during the week that the top five places on the chart were all Beatles singles. (In the Cashbox singles chart for the same week, “Twist and Shout” was No. 1.) In the United States, “Twist and Shout” was the only million-selling Beatles single that was a cover record, and the only Beatles cover single to reach the Top 10 on a national record chart. The song failed to hit #1 because the Beatles had another song occupying the top spot, “Can’t Buy Me Love“.

In the UK, “Twist and Shout” was released by Parlophone on an EP with three other tracks, “Do You Want to Know a Secret“, “A Taste of Honey”, and “There’s a Place“, from the Please Please Me (1963) album. Both the EP and album reached No. 1 (see Twist and Shout (EP)). In Canada, it became the title track to the second album of Beatles material to be issued by Capitol Records of Canada, on February 3, 1964.

It is regarded as one of the finest examples of British rock and roll for its vocal performance. The song was used as a rousing closing number on Sunday Night at the London Palladium in October 1963 and at The Royal Variety Show in November 1963, the former signalling the start of “Beatlemania“; the latter was included on the Anthology 1 compilation album in 1995. In addition, the group performed it on one of their Ed Sullivan Show appearances in February 1964.

The Beatles continued to play the song live until the end of their August 1965 tour of North America. Additionally, they recorded “Twist and Shout” on nine occasions for BBC television and radio broadcasts, the earliest of which was for the Talent Spot radio show on November 27, 1962. The intro sounds very similar to “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens, and the famous vocal buildup resembles that in “Do You Love Me” by The Contours. […]

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, Tollie 9001 single 1964.
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.

[b3] stereo remixed from [b] 1976.
US: Capitol SKBO-11537 Rock and Roll Music 1976.

[b4] stereo remixed from [b] ?1986.
US: Capitol B5624 single 1986.

The remix [b3] has the two tracks moved slightly to center. A second remix [b4], probably made for the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or at least for the promotion of the single related to it, has the left instrumental track relatively louder.

Last updated on May 21, 2021

Lyrics

Well, shake it up, baby now (shake it up baby)
Twist and shout (twist and shout)
C'mon c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, baby now (come on baby)
Come on and work it on out (work it on out, whoo)

Well, work it on out honey (work it on out)
You know you look so good (look so good)
You know you got me going now (got me going)
Just like I knew you would (like I knew you would)

Well, shake it up, baby now (shake it up baby)
Twist and shout (twist and shout)
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, baby now (come on baby)
Come on and work it on out (work it on out, whoo)

You know you twist it little girl (twist little girl)
You know you twist so fine (twist so fine)
Come on and twist a little closer now (twist a little closer)
And let me know that you're mine (let me know you're mine, whoo)

Well, shake it up, baby now (shake it up baby)
Twist and shout (twist and shout)
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, baby now (come on baby)
Come on and work it on out (work it on out)

You know you twist it little girl (twist little girl)
You know you twist so fine (twist so fine)
Come on and twist a little closer now (twist a little closer)
Aand let me know that you're mine (let me know you're mine)

Well shake it, shake it, shake it, baby now (shake it up baby)
Well shake it, shake it, shake it, baby now (shake it up baby)
Well shake it, shake it, shake it, baby now (shake it up baby)

Officially appears on


Twist and Shout

EP • Released in 1963

2:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording 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 (Mono)

LP • Released in 1963

2:32 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording 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)

LP • Released in 1963

2:32 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording 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

2:36 • Studio versionB2 • Mono • Mono made from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording 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

2:36 • Studio versionB1 • Stereo • Stereo remixed from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording 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 Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl

Official live • Released in 1977

1:32 • LiveL1

George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mastering, Remix engineer
Voyle Gilmore :
Producer
Wally Traugott :
Mastering

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Aug 30, 1965

Session Mixing:
January 1977
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Anthology 1

Official album • Released in 1995

3:05 • LiveL2

Concert From "Royal Command Performance" in London, United Kingdom on Nov 04, 1963


The Early Beatles (2006 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2006

2:36 • Studio versionB1.2006 • Stereo • 2006 remaster

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

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 (2006 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2006

2:36 • Studio versionB2.2006 • Mono • 2006 remaster

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

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 - 2009 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2009

2:32 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
A.B. Lincoln :
Second engineer
Paul Hicks :
Remastering
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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

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


Bootlegs


Star Club - Hamburg, Germany - December 1962

Unofficial live

1:28 • Live • The recording date is a guess - all we now for certain is that the Star-Club tapes were recorded between December 18 and 31, 1962.


Complete Controlroom Monitor Mixes - Volume 2

Unofficial album

0:22 • Alternate take


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 1

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:09 • Live

Concert From "Swinging Sound '63" in London, United Kingdom on Apr 18, 1963


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 3

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

3:16 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 25, 1963


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 3

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:28 • Live

Concert From "The Beat Show" in Manchester, United Kingdom on Jul 04, 1963


Videos

Live performances

“Twist and Shout” has been played in 268 concerts.

Latest concerts where Twist and Shout has been played


3rd "Apollo in the Hamptons" benefit concert

Aug 11, 2012 • USA • East Hampton • The Creeks


Hard Rock Calling

Jul 14, 2012 • United Kingdom • London • Hyde Park





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