Why (Tony Sheridan song)
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|Single by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers|
|A-side||"Cry for a Shadow"|
|Released||27 March 1964|
|Recorded||22 June 1961|
|Songwriter(s)||Bill Crompton, Tony Sheridan|
"Why" is one of the early songs performed by the Beatles when they were backing Tony Sheridan as the Beat Brothers. In the UK, it is the B-side of the instrumental rock tune "Cry for a Shadow". Although it was originally intended to be the A-side, the record label Polydor chose not to release it (at that time). When the Beatles were gaining popularity by 1964, the record label decided to release it with "Cry for a Shadow" as the A-side and "Why" as its B-side. In the US and Canada, it was released as originally intended, by the North American record label MGM with "Why" as the A-side and "Cry for a Shadow" as the B-side, due to its being an instrumental.
"Why" reached number 88 on the US Billboard Hot 100 the week ending April 18, 1964. It spent only one week on the chart.
- Tony Sheridan – lead vocals
- John Lennon – rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – bass guitar
- George Harrison – lead guitar
- Pete Best – drums
- Karl Hinze – engineer