Tip of My Tongue

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"Tip of My Tongue"
Single by Tommy Quickly
B-side "Heaven Only Knows"
Released August 1963 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded 1963
Genre Beat
Label Pye Piccadilly 7N 35137 (UK)
Writer(s) Lennon-McCartney
Tommy Quickly singles chronology
"Tip of My Tongue"
"Kiss Me Now"
"Tip of My Tongue"
Single by The Badbeats
B-side "One And One Is Two"
Released January 1979 (USA)
Format 7"
Recorded 27 December 1978
Genre Power Pop
Label Beat Bad Records1000 (USA)
Writer(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) Barry Knoedl & Bill Kern

"Tip of My Tongue" is a single by Tommy Quickly backed by The Remo Four. Written by Paul McCartney and attributed to the songwriting partnership of Lennon–McCartney, it was one of their relatively few songs that were never officially released by the Beatles. Several takes of this song were apparently recorded on 26 November 1962 at EMI Studios, although George Martin was dissatisfied with the results. This session has yet to emerge on any of the Beatles bootlegs.

Surprisingly, although Quickly's version was released in the UK as Beatlemania was taking off, the single was a flop and proved merely the first of a series of career disappointments for the singer. "Tip of My Tongue" remains one of only two original A-side written by Lennon–McCartney not to have at least made the UK charts upon its initial release; the other was Peter and Gordon's "I Don't Want To See You Again", which did at least chart in the US, peaking at #16.


"Tip of My Tongue" was also recorded by the Badbeats on Beat Bad Records (USA) in 1979. The single was backed with another Lennon–McCartney song, "One and One Is Two". This single was the first release for either of these songs in the USA.

Recordings of "Tip of My Tongue" as the Beatles may have performed it are available on the 1989 album by Bas Muys entitled Secret Songs: Lennon & McCartney[1][2] and on the 1998 release It's Four You by the Australian tribute band The Beatnix.[3][4] Liverpool band Revolver included this song on their album Northern Songs in 1990, an album full of songs written by the Beatles, but not released by them.


  1. ^ "Bas Muys, Lennon & McCartney Secret Songs (Vinyl)". Tagtuner.com. 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  2. ^ "Bas Muys - Lennon & McCartney Secret Songs (Vinyl)". Gnudb.org. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  3. ^ "It's Four You". Answers.com. 1998-08-21. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  4. ^ "It's Four You". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-08-21.