Ain't She Sweet

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This article is about the song. For the compilation album by Tony Sheridan & the Beatles, see Ain't She Sweet (album).
"Ain't She Sweet?"
Written 1927
Composer(s) Milton Ager
Lyricist(s) Jack Yellen
Language English

"Ain't She Sweet" is a song composed by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) and published in 1927 by Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc./Warner Bros., Inc. It became popular in the first half of the 20th century, one of the hit songs that typified the Roaring Twenties. Like "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1929), it became a Tin Pan Alley standard. Both Ager and Yellen were elected to membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Milton Ager wrote "Ain't She Sweet" for his daughter Shana Ager,[citation needed] who in her adult life was known as the political commentator Shana Alexander.

Recorded versions[edit]

"Ain't She Sweet" was also recorded by Fabian Forte; Hoosier Hot Shots; Ray Anthony; Nat King Cole; Tiny Hill & the Hilltoppers; the Playboys; the Viscounts; Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers; and many others. The song was also covered in 1990 on the album Funk of Ages, by Bernie Worrell and several former members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Recorded versions by the Beatles[edit]

A rock and roll version of "Ain't She Sweet" — most likely influenced by Gene Vincent's version — was performed by the Beatles with John Lennon on lead vocals, while performing as Tony Sheridan's backup band as The Beat Brothers. It was recorded on June 22, 1961 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany with Pete Best on drums, produced by Bert Kaempfert. The recording was released as a single on May 29, 1964, on Polydor NH 52-317 (UK),[1] and was included on the Anthology 1 album in 1995. A different rendition, recorded during a jam session in 1969 with Ringo Starr on drums, was released on the Beatles' Anthology 3 - it is the only song which appears on two of the Anthology records. A solo version of the song was also included in the John Lennon Anthology box set.


Hamburg version

1969 version

Selected appearances in film/TV shows[edit]




  1. ^ "Ain't She Sweet / If You Love Me Baby (Take out Some Insurance on Me Baby)". Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20.