Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

“Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” is a cover song from the Fab Four which is also on their 1964 album, “Beatles For Sale”. However, the song, which has its origins in 1934, was a 1957 release for Carl Perkins.

 

In Detail

Albums

Original Release Date (Beatles): 4th December, 1964
Recorded: 18th October, 1964
Genre: Rock and roll, rockabilly
Track Duration: 2:23
Record Label: Parlophone
Songwriter: Carl Perkins
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Performers Also Instruments

George Harrison: vocals, lead guitar
John Lennon: acoustic rhythm guitar, tambourine
Paul McCartney: bass
Ringo Starr: drums

Track Sources

Beatles For Sale (1964)
Live At The BBC (1996)
Anthology 2 (1994)
Live at the Hollywood Bowl (2016)

Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

The Beatles, in particular, George Harrison, admired Carl Perkins a great deal. It’s not surprising then, that the Fab Four would record a few of his songs. For example, they sang, “Honey Don’t” and “Matchbox” which are Perkins’ songs. Not only that, but they would sing his songs as part of their live act. Indeed, they performed “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” at the Shea Stadium, New York City too.

They recorded this song quite a few times and some of those recordings are commercially available. However, the version on “Beatles For Sale” has a lot of echo which is a bit overbearing. The track is the last song on the album and comes after, “What You’re Doing“.

The Beatles’ version appears to have a “false ending” but this seems to be deliberate. That’s because there is a 1962 version from the Star-Club in Hamburg which has 4 extra add on guitar pieces at the end.

Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby is a cover song from the Fab Four which is also on their Beatles For Sale album
Beatles For Sale Album (1964)
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby is a cover song from the Fab Four which is also on their Live At The BBC album
Live At The BBC Album (1994)
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby is a cover song from the Fab Four which is also on their Anthology 2 album
Anthology 2 Album (1996)
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby is also on the Beatles' album Live at the Hollywood Bowl (2016)
Live at the Hollywood Bowl (2016)

Recording Studio

The Beatles recorded “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” on the 18th October, 1964, in Studio Two of the EMI Studios, London, during the 2.30pm-11.30pm session. They only needed to record it once. On that day they also recorded, “I Feel Fine” (takes 1–9), “I’ll Follow the Sun” (takes 1–8), Chuck Berry’s “Rock and Roll Music” (take 1) and Buddy Holly’s “Words of Love” (takes 1–3).

They also re-recorded “Mr Moonlight” (takes 5–8) as well as recording “Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!” (takes 1–2). So that’s what you could call a good day at the office!

Albums

Apart from the main recording on “Beatles For Sale”, the track also appears on other albums. For example, on their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC” is a version from the “Saturday Club” programme airing on the 26th December, 1964.

Then there are two live versions. Firstly, there is a version on their 1996 album, “Anthology 2” which comes from their Shea Stadium performance on the 15th August, 1965.

Secondly, there is a version on their 2016 album “Live at the Hollywood Bowl” from their performance there on the 30th August, 1965. This album is a reworking of the 1977 release, “The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl” but with the addition of four extra songs. “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” is not on the 1977 album but is one of the “extras” on the 2016 release.

Author: Bobby

I have been a Beatles fan since the early 1960s so I speak from my heart and soul. It was a pleasure to accept the role of Admin on The Beatles Forum when we left our old site. If you feel that something needs correcting with the information I provide, please contact me.

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