Mr. Moonlight (song)
The 1969 Japanese single release of the song, backed with "What You're Doing"
|Song by The Beatles from the album Beatles for Sale|
|Released||December 4, 1964 (mono and stereo)|
|Recorded||October 18, 1964,
EMI Studios, London
|Length||2:33 (mono version)
2:36 (stereo version)
2:40 (US stereo version)
|Writer||Roy Lee Johnson|
|Beatles for Sale track listing|
The first known recording of the song was by blues pianist Piano Red, recording as "Dr. Feelgood and the Interns". It was released as a B-side of a minor rhythm & blues hit single (titled "Dr. Feelgood") in 1962. The record became something of a cult favorite among several young British R&B enthusiasts, some of whom would soon go on to become members of well-known bands.
A Spanish cover was recorded by the Mexican vocal trio Los Apson Boys titled Triste Luna.
The Beatles' version
The Beatles had covered the song in their live act for years before it appeared on record. Their recording features Latin-style percussion, prominent vocal harmonies, and, unusually, an organ solo. John Lennon sings lead, with backing vocals from Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
The Beatles recorded this song two different days in 1964. The first day was August 14, where they recorded four takes (one and four of which appear on Anthology 1). They recorded again on October 18, again in four takes, the last two of which showcased McCartney on Hammond organ.
- George Harrison – harmony vocals, lead guitar, African drum
- John Lennon – vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – harmony vocals, bass, Hammond organ
- Ringo Starr – percussion
- Personnel per The Beatles Bible
- "The Beatles Bible: Mr. Moonlight". Retrieved April 14, 2009.
- Vancouver's CFUN chart
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