“I Just Don’t Understand” is a Fab Four song from one of The Beatles’ BBC Radio recordings. Therefore the song is on their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”.
Recorded: 16th July, 1963
BBC Radio Show: Pop Go the Beatles
Track Duration: 2:47
Songwriters: Marijohn Wilkin, Kent Westberry
Producer: Terry Henebery
Paul McCartney: bass, backing vocals
George Harrison: lead guitar, backing vocals
Ringo Starr: drums
I Just Don’t Understand
In 1961, Ann-Margret released her first single, “I Just Don’t Understand”, which reached number 17 in the American Billboard Hot 100 charts. Born in 1941, Ann-Margret Olsson is a successful Swedish-born American actress, singer, and dancer who has continued with her career right up to this day.
Her bluesy, rock song is also one of the first to feature a fuzz-tone guitar. Together with her provocative tones, the lyrics are very seductive. Since the song features a prominent harmonica throughout, perhaps this drew the attention of John Lennon. However, when The Beatles sang it, they didn’t make use of a mouth organ.
During the late 1950s and the early 1960s, The Beatles would cover many songs from various artists. Indeed, they were masters at covering the more obscure songs too. This obviously allowed them to find their way in their chosen career and develop a style of their own.
During the early 1960s, The Beatles would often appear on BBC Radio singing songs they never actually released themselves.
The Fab Four recorded “I Just Don’t Understand” on the 16th July, 1963, at the BBC Paris Studio in London. This was for their “Pop Go The Beatles” radio show airing on the 20 August that year. With John Lennon singing, Paul McCartney and George Harrison join in with the backing vocals “oooooooh”. Ringo Starr is on the drums, of course.
This song appears on The Beatles’ 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”, where it sits between “Glad All Over” and “So How Come (No One Loves Me)“. It is a clear recording and certainly one that they put their heart into.