A Taste of Honey (song)

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"A Taste of Honey"
Cover of the 1967 single
Single by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass
from the album Whipped Cream and Other Delights
Released 1965
Recorded 1965
Length 2:43
Label A&M
Writer(s) Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow
Producer(s) Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss
Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass singles chronology
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"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 cover 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), became popular when it was covered by the Beatles in 1963. Barbra Streisand had been performing the song as part of her cabaret act during 1962 and recorded it for her debut album "The Barbra Streisand Album" on Columbia, which was released February 25, 1963 and which would go on to win 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"
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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
Writer Bobby Scott/Ric Marlow
Producer George Martin

The Beatles[edit]

Performed during their live repertoire from 1962, the Beatles used Lenny Welch's adaptation, slightly changing the lyrics in the chorus.[2] A version from this time was released in 1977 on the album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. 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, with Paul McCartney singing lead - this version is notable in that, during the middle eight, McCartney's vocal is double-tracked, the first of many songs in which the Beatles did so and drummer Ringo Starr is using brushes on his drum kit. 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 wrote “Your Mother Should Know” based on a line taken from the screenplay.[2]


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.


Reprise Records, pretending to be Liberty Records, sent fraudulent telegrams to disk jockeys to convince them to play Eddie Cano's version of the song instead of Martin Denny's version.[5]

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]


  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
  5. ^ "A taste of deception: The war over "A Taste of Honey"". MusicWeird.com. 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996