Why

“Why” is a song worth an mention on The Beatles Forum and Cavern Club. This is because it was Tony Sheridan singing lead vocals while The Beatles were the backing musicians. However, at the time, they had the name of ‘The Beat Brothers’. Be that as it may, the song was the B-side to the instrumental, “Cry For A Shadow” which is on their “Anthology 1” album.

Indeed, “Why” was on a single in the UK, Canada and the US. However, in the US and Canada, they flipped the A & B sides. This was because the North Americans wanted the instrumental as side B. The song was also on an early EP in Germany first.

In Detail

Single

Release Date: 27th March, 1964
Recorded: 22nd June, 1961
Format: 7-inch single (B-side) (A-side being “Cry For A Shadow“) (UK), also EP (Germany)
Genre: Rock
Track Duration: 2:55
Record Label: Polydor (UK) MGM 13227 (US)
Songwriters: Bill Crompton, Tony Sheridan
Producer: Bert Kaempfert
Engineer: Karl Hinze

Performers**

Why (Can't You Love Me Again) - Tony Sheridan & The Beatles' single
Why (Can’t You Love Me Again) (Single) (1964)

Tony Sheridan: lead vocals
John Lennon: rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: bass guitar
George Harrison: lead guitar
Pete Best: drums

** Because this recording comes from 1961, Ringo Starr was not yet one of The Beatles.

Track Source

7″ Single

Why

Tony Sheridan and Bill Crompton wrote the song and recorded it at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany. The recording session on the 22nd June, 1961, also included songs such as “My Bonnie” and “The Saints“.

In 1964, they duly overdubbed further vocals and some handclaps to the original song. This updated track was for the single, of course, with “Why (Can’t You Love Me Again)” present on many labels. However, the original German EP has the first unadulterated recording.

Some people compare Tony Sheridan’s singing style on this song to be similar to Conway Twitty. After all, this was the early rock and roll era and many artists emulated their heroes.

So, what do you think of this song by The Beatles and Tony Sheridan?

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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