A Taste of Honey (song)

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"A Taste of Honey"
A Taste of Honey - Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass.png
Cover of the 1965 single
Single by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass
from the album Whipped Cream and Other Delights
Released 1965
Recorded 1965
Genre
Length 2:43
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow
Producer(s) Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss
Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass singles chronology
"Mae"
(1965)
"A Taste of Honey"
(1965)
"3rd Man Theme"
(1965)
"Mae"
(1965)
"A Taste of Honey"
(1965)
"3rd Man Theme"
(1965)
Whipped Cream and Other Delights track listing
"A Taste of Honey"
(1)
"Green Peppers"
(2)

"A Taste of Honey" is a pop standard written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow. It was originally an instrumental track (or recurring theme) written for the 1960 Broadway version of the 1958 British play A Taste of Honey (which was also made into the film of the same name in 1961). Both the original and a later recording by Herb Alpert in 1965 earned the song four Grammy Awards. A vocal version of the song, first recorded by Billy Dee Williams (and released in 1961 on the Prestige label), was recorded by the Beatles for their first album in 1963. Barbra Streisand had performed the song as part of her cabaret act during 1962, and recorded it for her debut album The Barbra Streisand Album on Columbia, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year (1963).

Instrumental versions[edit]

The original recorded versions of the song "A Taste of Honey", "A Taste of Honey (refrain)" and "A Taste of Honey (closing theme)", appeared on Bobby Scott's 1960 album, also titled A Taste of Honey, on Atlantic 1355. The composition won Best Instrumental Theme at the Grammy Awards of 1963.

Vocal versions[edit]

"A Taste of Honey"
A Taste of Honey.png
Cover of the 1964 Germany single
Song by the Beatles
from the album Please Please Me
Released March 22, 1963
Recorded February 11, 1963
Length 2:01
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Bobby Scott/Ric Marlow
Producer(s) George Martin

The Beatles[edit]

The Beatles performed Lenny Welch's adaptation, slightly changing the lyrics in the chorus, as part of their repertoire in 1962 [2] and as the instrumental version by Acker Bilk was popular in the United Kingdom at the time, the song was chosen to be recorded for their 1963 debut album, Please Please Me. A version from this time was released in 1977 on the album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962.

In the US, this song first appeared on the VeeJay Records album Introducing... The Beatles. They also performed "A Taste of Honey" seven times for BBC radio shows, including Here We Go, Side by Side, and Easy Beat.[3] In 1967, McCartney was inspired to compose “Your Mother Should Know” based on a line taken from the screenplay.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Engineered by Norman Smith[4]

Other artists[edit]

Lenny Welch recorded an early vocal version. It was released as a single in September 1962 on the Cadence Records label and included on his 1963 album Since I Fell for You. This version also credits Lee Morris as a writer but it is not known if it was he who provided the lyrics. This credit does not appear on any covers of the song, with only Marlow/Scott credited.

In Top One Hundred[edit]

Television and film[edit]

  • The song is used for the theme of the UK comedy series Hardware.
  • The cover version of Herb Alpert is used to ID "Tutto il calcio minuto per minuto" (All the football minute by minute), an historical live commentary on sports events broadcast by the Italian radio RAI since the 1960s. The tune has begun to be used since the 1990s.
  • The song is used in the 2000 Australian film The Dish, a partially fictionalised account of the role that the Parkes Observatory played in relaying the live television feed of man's first steps on the moon, during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 19. 
  2. ^ a b MacDonald, Ian (1998). Revolution in the Head. London: Pimlico. p. 231. ISBN 0-7126-6697-4. 
  3. ^ "The Beatles Bible: A Taste Of Honey". Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ A Taste Of Honey | The Beatles Bible
  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996