I Call Your Name

“I Call Your Name” is a Beatles’ song which is also on their “Long Tall Sally” EP from 1964. However, it appears on the 1988 album, “Past Masters” too.

In Detail


Release Date: 19th June, 1964
Recorded: 1st March, 1964
Genre: Pop rock
Track Duration: 2:09
Songwriter: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith


John Lennon: lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: bass guitar
George Harrison: 12 string lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums, cowbell

Track Sources

Long Tall Sally (EP)
Past Masters

I Call Your Name

This is one of the earliest songs to come from John Lennon which also outdates The Beatles!

I Call Your Name is a Beatles' song which is also on the Long Tall Sally EP in 1964

Long Tall Sally EP (1964)

I Call Your Name is a Beatles' song which is also on the

Past Masters Album (1988)

Although it was largely a John Lennon’s composition, Paul McCartney did give a helping hand. Of course, as ever, the credit goes to Lennon-McCartney.

“That was my song. When there was no Beatles and no group. I just had it around. It was my effort as a kind of blues originally, and then I wrote the middle eight just to stick it in the album when it came out years later. The first part had been written before Hamburg even. It was one of my first attempts at a song.”

John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

“We worked on it together, but it was John’s idea. When I look back at some of these lyrics, I think, Wait a minute. What did he mean? ‘I call your name but you’re not there.’ Is it his mother? His father? I must admit I didn’t really see that as we wrote it because we were just a couple of young guys writing. You didn’t look behind it at the time, it was only later you started analysing things.”

Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

John Lennon gave the song to Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas in 1963. They released it as the B-side to another Lennon-McCartney song, “Bad To Me” which was their first UK number one single. However, Lennon wasn’t happy with the arrangement or that it was a B-side.

This song also features The Beatles’ first attempt at ska music during the instrumental bridge.

Long Tall Sally EP

“I Call Your Name” is the second track on the 1964 EP, “Long Tall Sally” which is also the leading song, Then, on side two, there are the songs, “Slow Down” and “Matchbox“. Although not part of a studio album, it does appear on the 1988 “Past Masters” release which was specifically for the non-album tracks.

Recording Studio

The Beatles began recording “I Call Your Name” on the 1st March, 1964, in Studio Two of the EMI Studios in London during the 10.00am-1.30pm session. The band recorded 7 takes together with the songs, “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You” and “Long Tall Sally“.

Just to point out that the early mixes are significantly different. For example, the mono has the cowbell from the start of the rhythm downbeat but the stereo one doesn’t. Likewise, the double-tracking of John Lennon’s voice doesn’t appear until the second measure of the opening verse. Also there are differences between the UK and US stereo mix with the position of Lennon’s vocals.

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