Revisit The Beatles covering Elvis Presley

Revisit The Beatles covering Elvis Presley

Int he summer of 1963, The Beatles arrive at the BBC Paris Studio in London armed with a very special plan to add their own spin on an Elvis Presley classic.

Recording material with producer Terry Henebery for the eighth edition of the Pop Go The Beatles radio show, the four lads from Liverpool would record ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)’, one of three Elvis songs they put to tape that day.

While Ringo Starr has always professed his distaste for drum solos, he would step up to the mark for The Beatle’s rockabilly version of the song which remained unreleased until 1994 when it was included on the Live at the BBC album.

The song, which was originally written by Joe Thomas and Howard Biggs in 1953, was made popular by Elvis when it appeared on his self-titled debut album in 1956. Following the Elvis rendition, The Beatles began using their version of the song on numerous different tour dates in 1962 before finally taking it into the recording studio a year later.

The Beatles also famously performed the song at the Star-Club in Hamburg on New Year’s Eve back in 1962—a performance which came during their fifth and final Hamburg residency.

Below, enjoy the recorded version for Pop Go The Beatles.

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