Bad to Me

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"Bad to Me"
Single by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas
B-side "I Call Your Name"
Released 26 July 1963 (UK)
1964 (US)
Recorded 26 June 1963
Genre Pop, beat
Label Parlophone R5049[1]
Writer(s) Lennon–McCartney[1]
Producer(s) George Martin[1]
Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas singles chronology
"Do You Want to Know a Secret"
(1963)
"Bad to Me"
(1963)
"I'll Keep You Satisfied"
(1963)
"Bad to Me"
Song by the Beatles from the album The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963
Released 17 December 2013
Recorded 1963
Genre Rock and roll
Length 1:29
Label Apple, Universal Music Group
Writer Lennon–McCartney

"Bad to Me" is a song John Lennon wrote (credited to Lennon–McCartney) for Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas[2] while on holiday in Spain. Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas released their recording of the song in 1963 and it became their first number 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] Paul McCartney was present during the recording session at Abbey Road Studios. The single would be released in the US the following year, and become a top-ten hit there, reaching number 9. It became one of the first occasions a Lennon–McCartney composition made the US Top 40 recorded by an artist other than the Beatles (the first being "A World Without Love" by Peter & Gordon).

Bootlegs exist of Lennon's original demo of the song, which was recorded on 31 May 1963. An acoustic demo from the same era was released on iTunes in December 2013 on the album The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963.

Graham Parker recorded a version of the song for the 2003 album Lost Songs of Lennon & McCartney, new versions of 17 Lennon–McCartney songs that were originally released by other artists.[3] Leif Garrett also recorded a version of the song for his self-titled debut album. Finnish rock band Hurriganes covered this song in their third album, Crazy Days.

Recordings of "Bad to Me" as the Beatles may have performed it are available on the 1989 album by Bas Muys entitled Secret Songs: Lennon & McCartney[4][5] and on the 1998 release It's Four You by the Australian tribute band The Beatnix.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 73. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ David Sheff, All We Are Saying. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000, ISBN 0-312-25464-4, p. 170
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review of Lost Songs of Lennon & McCartney". Allmusic. 
  4. ^ "Bas Muys, Lennon & McCartney Secret Songs (Vinyl)". Tagtuner.com. 2006-12-18. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Bas Muys - Lennon & McCartney Secret Songs (Vinyl)". Gnudb.org. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  6. ^ "It's Four You". Answers.com. 1998-08-21. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  7. ^ "It's Four You". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
Preceded by
"Sweets for My Sweet" by The Searchers
UK number one single
22 August 1963 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"She Loves You" by The Beatles