“I’m Talking About You” is a Beatles’ cover song on their 2013 album, “On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2”. Of course, the original was by Chuck Berry.
Recorded: 16th March, 1963
BBC Radio Show: Saturday Club (16th March, 1963)
Track Duration: 1:52
Songwriter: Chuck Berry
Producer: Terry Henebery
I’m Talking About You
Chuck Berry released “I’m Talking About You” as a single in February 1961 which had “Little Star” as the B-side but it never got in the charts.
The Beatles were masters at covering rock and roll songs which came over to the UK from America, in particular, the more obscure ones. It’s not surprising then that they covered this one as well and would regularly sing it while gigging. In fact, The Beatles sang more Chuck Berry songs than from any other singer or group.
As well as The Beatles recording the song, other famous artists did as well. For instance, it appears on The Rolling Stones album, “Out of Our Heads” from 1965.
In the early 1960s, The Beatles would regularly record songs for BBC Radio shows. They recorded “I’m Talking About You” for a live edition of the “Saturday Club” which aired on the 16th March, 1963. As a result, the song is now on their 2013 album, “On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2”. The live show came from the BBC’s Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London.
Unfortunately, the quality of the recording is not the usual standard but it’s well worth a listen. Listen carefully and it does sound like they have an audience of some sort. However, with the quality like that of an old AM radio it’s difficult to say what the source actually is.