“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.
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
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.
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).
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.