“Lend Me Your Comb” is a cover song by The Beatles with the original artist being Carl Perkins. The Fab Four also sang it on their BBC Radio appearances in the early 1960’s. Because of that, there are a couple of versions available on their BBC album. But there is also a version on the Anthology 1 album too.
Recorded: 2nd July, 1963
Genre: Rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, pop
BBC Radio Show: Pop Go the Beatles
Producer: Terry Henebery
Lend Me Your Comb
The songwriters are Kay Twomey, Fred Wise and Ben Weisman while the original singer is Carl Perkins. In fact, this was a B-side of the December 1957 “Glad All Over” single. However, this record didn’t make any impact in the charts.
The Beatles’ Version
Long before The Beatles became famous, their name was “The Quarrymen”. Just like many other groups who want to become successful in their trade, they would sing cover songs. However, The Beatles were masters at covering the more obscure songs. In addition, they had the knack of singing B-sides too. The Beatles recorded both sides of this Carl Perkins’ single, of course.
The Beatles were hungry for success because they knew they had a lot to give. In order to project themselves even further, they would appear on many different BBC Radio shows, usually recording them a few days previously.
The Beatles recorded “Lend Me Your Comb” on the 2nd July, 1963, at the Maida Vale Studios, Delaware Road, London. This was due to go out on the “Pop Go The Beatles” programme on the 16th.
While most others*** recorded that day ended up on the 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”, this one wasn’t. Possibly because they had no room for it. However, they had room for it on the 1995 album, “Anthology 1”. They also released the same version in 2013 on their “On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2” album.