What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?

Written by Joseph McCarthyHoward JohnsonJames V. MonacoUnreleased song

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This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?” is a song written by Joseph McCarthy, Howard Johnson and James V. Monaco in 1916 for the Broadway production Follow Me, in which it was performed by Henry Lewis.

Early recordings

Lewis’ version was released as a single on Emerson Records in early 1917. Around the same time, a version by Sam Ash was released in February on Columbia Records, having been recorded on 11 December 1916. It was first a hit when released in March that year by Ada Jones and Billy Murray on Victor Records, peaking at number 3 on the US Billboard chart.

Emile Ford and the Checkmates version

The song became a UK hit in 1959 when a doo-wop version was recorded by Emile Ford and the Checkmates as the B-side of their single “Don’t Tell Me Your Trouble”. This B-side became more popular and it topped the charts for six weeks over the Christmas and New Year of 1959/60. It retained the number one position for the first three weeks of 1960. This earned Ford his first gold disc for sales of over a million, which was “an incredible feat for an unknown singer with his debut recording”. The song was co-produced by Ford and Joe Meek.

On the second day of the “Get Back” sessions (January 3rd, 1969), The Beatles played a version of this song.

From tracks.co.uk – A photograph of Pete Best and Paul McCartney in 1961. The black & white image was developed in the 1980s from the original negative and shows the pair posing with singer Emile Ford. It was taken at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton during the Operation Big Beat concert on 10th November 1961. The Beatles performed at this event along with Rory Storm & The Hurricanes, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Remo Four and Kingsize Taylor. There is a Dick Matthews copyright stamp on the reverse along with names and the date in blue pen. It measures 21.5cm x 16.5cm (8.5 inches x 6.5 inches). There are some patches of sticker residue on the front and some creasing to the corners and edges. The condition is very good minus.

Last updated on November 4, 2021


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 3rd 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:35 • Rehearsal • Jan.03 - D2-37 - What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For? 3.89

Session Recording:
Jan 03, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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