“I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)” is a cover song which The Beatles sung for BBC Radio. Obviously the recording wasn’t studio quality. However, after cleaning it up, the track is available on their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”.
Recorded: 16th July, 1963
Track Duration: 2:01
Songwriters: Joe Thomas and Howard Biggs
Producer: Terry Henebery
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
This song is notable because it appears on the Elvis Presley’s debut album from 1956, “Elvis Presley” (the UK release was “Elvis Presley Rock n’ Roll”). However, apart from Presley’s self-titled album, Roy Hamilton also recorded the song in 1954. While Hamilton sang the song in a jolly, jazzy, pop style, Presley gave it a rockabilly country slant.
The Beatles would often cover songs from American artists in order to establish themselves in their early years. They took this song under their wing and then gave it a rock and roll feel to it. In fact, it was part of their live repertoire at some point. There is recording of them performing it on the the album, Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. However, that album has poor quality recordings and The Beatles’ successfully won the rights to those performances and stopped its production in 1998.
The Beatles were never ones to shun publicity, of course. So, in the early 1960s, as they were busy trying to establishing themselves, they would often appear on BBC Radio programmes. They also recorded “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)” for one of these shows.
The version that appears on their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”, was from “Pop Go the Beatles” which aired on the 6th August, 1963. They recorded this show at the BBC Paris Studio in London on the 16th July.