“Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” is a cover song from The Beatles. However, The Beatles’ version is slower than the original Buddy Holly song.
Recorded: 29th January, 1969
Genre: Rhythm and blues
Studio: Apple Studios, Savile Row, London
Track Duration: 1:56
Songwriter: Ruth Roberts, Bill Katz, Stanley Clayton
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Glyn Johns
Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues
To begin with, “Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” was originally on the B-side of a single by Buddy Holly in 1957. The A-side was “Words of Love“. The single record, released in America, was not too much of a success for Holly but The Beatles were to record both songs. Although they didn’t release the Holly single in the UK, those two tracks were part of his self-titled album from 1958 which was a UK release.
In their early days, while gigging in Liverpool and Hamburg, The Beatles sang many cover songs from American artists. Indeed, this song was part of their live act right up to 1962. Be that as it may, they didn’t actually record this song until 1969!
In the late 1960’s, The Beatles were in their twilight years and we saw evidence of crack appearing in the band during the “White Album” sessions.
In 1969, during the “Get Back” (“Let It Be”) sessions, they would spontaneously burst into some of the songs that they sang in their early days. One of those songs was “Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” with John Lennon clearly trying to sing like Buddy Holly.
While the Buddy Holly version was upbeat pop song, The Beatles jamming session version had a slower, more bluesy sound to it. Indeed, this version is on their 1996 album, “Anthology 3”.