I Call Your Name
|"I Call Your Name"|
|Single by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas|
|A-side||"Bad to Me"|
|B-side||"I Call Your Name"|
|Released||26 July 1963|
|Recorded||26 June 1963 (both sides)|
|"I Call Your Name"|
|Song by The Beatles|
|Released||19 June 1964|
|Recorded||1 March 1964|
|Genre||Merseybeat, rock, rock and roll|
Lennon wrote the song prior to the formation of the Beatles. In 1963, he gave the song to Billy J. Kramer of The Dakotas, another Liverpool band who was signed to Parlophone by George Martin. Kramer released it as the B-side of the single "Bad to Me", another Lennon–McCartney composition.
Lennon was reportedly dissatisfied with the Dakotas' arrangement of his song as well as its position as the single's B-side, so the Beatles recorded their own version. The song features George Harrison playing the Rickenbacker 360/12 guitar, offering the distinctive sound of the famous guitar to the world for the first time.
The opening guitar riff differs slightly between the mono and stereo mixes. The cowbell also starts earlier in the mono mix. It first appeared in the United States on the Capitol Records release The Beatles' Second Album, appearing later in the United Kingdom on the EP Long Tall Sally.
The song was never added to the film A Hard Day's Night because director Richard Lester rejected it for sounding too similar to "You Can't Do That," which was recorded five days prior and featured on the non-soundtrack side of the album release.
"I Call Your Name" was re-released in 1988 on the compilation album Past Masters.
- John Lennon – vocal, rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – bass
- George Harrison – 12-string guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, cowbell
- George Martin – producer
- Norman Smith – engineer
- The Mamas & the Papas covered "I Call Your Name" in 1966 on their debut album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears. Cass Elliot whispers "John... John" during the instrumental break, a little tip of the hat to her crush on John Lennon. The group closes the song with, "I call your name... ye-ah!" The Beatles were well known for the phrase "Yeah, yeah, yeah" from "She Loves You".
- Starr recorded a version of the song for a television special marking the 10th anniversary of Lennon's death and the 50th anniversary of his birth. The track, produced by Jeff Lynne, features a supergroup composed of Lynne, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh and Jim Keltner.
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