The Beatles with Tony Sheridan and Their Guests

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The Beatles with Tony Sheridan and Their Guests
Compilation album by the Beatles featuring Tony Sheridan
Released 3 February 1964
Recorded Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers: March–September 1961,
Hamburg, Germany;
The Titans: 1961,
New York, New York,
United States
Genre Rock and roll
Language English
Label MGM
Producer Bert Kaempfert, Danny Davis
The Beatles and Tony Sheridan chronology
My Bonnie
The Beatles with Tony Sheridan and Their Guests
Ain't She Sweet
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars [1]

The Beatles with Tony Sheridan and Their Guests was an American album featuring "Cry for a Shadow," a track recorded by the Beatles in Hamburg in 1961, with five tracks recorded in Hamburg in 1961 in which the Beatles provided backing music for vocalist Tony Sheridan, some of which had been released in Germany on the album My Bonnie under the name "Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers", because the word "Beatles" sounded too much like "peedles" which was a vulgar slang term in German. The album was supplemented with six previously released recordings by the American session group the Titans. Packaged in an attempt to capitalize on The Beatles' success, the record was only moderately successful, as the album peaked at only No. 68 on the Billboard album chart. It was released by MGM Records in both mono (catalogue number E-4215) and rechanneled stereo (SE-4215.)

MGM augmented the six Sheridan/Beatles tracks with six instrumental tracks by Danny Davis and the Titans, a group of New York session musicians built around guitarist Bill Mure. The Titans also included Don Lomond on drums, Dick Hickson on bass trombone, and Milt "the Judge" Hinton on bass. The six Titans tracks had been previously released on the 1961 MGM album, Let's Do the Twist for Adults. (On the original release, the songs "Flying Beat," "Rye Beat," "Summertime Beat," and "Happy New Beat" were originally titled, "Flying Twist," "Rye Twist," "Summertime Twist" and "Happy New Year Twist.")

Track listing[edit]

Side one

Performances by the Beatles with Tony Sheridan unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "My Bonnie"
  2. "Cry for a Shadow" (instrumental) (performed by the Beatles)
  3. "Johnson Rag" (performed by the Titans)
  4. "Swanee River" (a.k.a. "The Old Folks at Home") (performed by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers)
  5. "Flying Beat" (a.k.a. "The Man on the Flying Trapeze") (performed by the Titans)
  6. "Darktown Strutters' Ball" (performed by the Titans)
Side two

Performances by the Titans unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "The Saints" (performed by the Beatles with Tony Sheridan)
  2. "Rye Beat" (a.k.a. "Comin' Thru the Rye")
  3. "You Are My Sunshine" (performed by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers)
  4. "Summertime Beat" (a.k.a. "In the Good Old Summertime")
  5. "Why" (performed by the Beatles with Tony Sheridan)
  6. "Happy New Year Beat" (a.k.a. "Auld Lang Syne")