Tip of My Tongue (Tommy Quickly song)

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"Tip of My Tongue"
Single by Tommy Quickly
B-side"Heaven Only Knows"
Released30 July 1963 (UK)
Recorded8 July 1963
LabelPye Piccadilly 7N 35137 (UK)
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"
ReleasedJanuary 1979 (USA)
Recorded27 December 1978
GenrePower pop
LabelBeat Bad Records1000 (USA)
Producer(s)Barry Knoedl & Bill Kern

"Tip of My Tongue" is a single by Tommy Quickly. 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 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 three original A-sides written by Lennon–McCartney not to have at least made the UK charts upon its initial release; the others being "One and One Is Two" by The Strangers with Mike Shannon and Peter and Gordon's "I Don't Want to See You Again", which did at least chart in the US, peaking at #16.


Swedish band Mascots released a cover version of "Tip of My Tongue" on their 1965 debut album.

"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 United States.

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]


  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". Amazon. Retrieved 2011-08-21.