“I Got To Find My Baby” is another one of those Beatles’ songs from their 1963 BBC Radio appearances. However, in 1994, we see its appearance as a track on their “Live At The BBC” album.
Recorded: 11 June, 1963
BBC Radio Show: Pop Go the Beatles
Track Duration: 1:56
Record Label: Apple
Songwriter: Chuck Berry
Producer: Terry Henebery
Paul McCartney: bass guitar
George Harrison: lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums
I Got To Find My Baby
Peter Clayton aka Doctor Clayton recorded “Gotta Find My Baby” in 1941 which later took the title “I Got To Find My Baby” when Little Walter and Chuck Berry sang it.
Chuck Berry’s single failed to make the charts in America after its release in August, 1960. They didn’t release it in the UK at all but The Beatles found it and liked it enough to record it for BBC Radio.
The Beatles would often cover songs from other artists during their formative years. Chuck Berry was obviously one of The Beatles’ favourite artists. In fact, the Fab Four sang more Chuck Berry songs than from any other artist. So they were only showing their appreciation to the American rock and roll star.
As The Beatles began to gain a reputation they would often record songs for BBC Radio programmes. In this case, they recorded “I Got To Find My Baby” on the 24th June, 1963 at the Playhouse Theatre in London. This was for the “Saturday Club” show airing on the 29th June that year.
For this bluesy rock song, John Lennon sings and plays the harmonica which was the norm for recordings such as this. Together with the usual line-up of Paul McCartney on bass guitar, George Harrison on lead guitar and Ringo Starr on the drums, the song is a typical example of how The Beatles became masters at their art of creating music.
The song is now available on their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”.