In brief, “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” is a cover song by The Beatles. Indeed, the song appears on The Beatles’ 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”.
Recorded: 22nd January, 1963
Genre: Merseybeat, pop
Track Duration: 2:31
Record Label: Apple Records
Songwriters: Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer: George Martin (Executive producer)
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
Written by another well well respected songwriting partnership, Goffin and King, “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” became part of The Beatles live repertoire for a brief period. In fact, they sang it on their first British tour in February, 1963. However, they only recorded it once and that was for a BBC Radio programme.
Considering that The Beatles had not yet released an album, just maybe this song could have been part of their first, “Please Please Me“.
“We might have run through Keep Your Hands Off My Baby, Little Eva’s follow-up to The Loco-Motion, at that session. Sometimes we learnt songs and did them once or twice and then gave them up.”
Not only did The Beatles sing the song but many famous artists did too. For example, Little Eva actually got to number 12 in the American Billboard charts with it in 1962. Other notable artists who recorded this song were Wayne Fontana, Helen Shapiro, Skeeter Davis, Kirsty MacColl and Lindisfarne.
The Beatles were loving all the free promotions while they recorded for BBC Radio shows in the early 1960s. They recorded “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” just once and this was at the BBC Playhouse Theatre in London. That was on the 22nd January, 1963, for the BBC’s “Saturday Club” airing on the 26th of January.
Since the lyrics for Little Eva’s version included “That boy is mine”, The Beatles’ had to change this to “That girl is mine”.
This was an early BBC recording and is not of particularly good quality, however, they decided to release it on their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”.