To begin with, “Ooh! My Soul” is one of those early Beatles’ cover songs from their BBC Radio shows. Of course, this was originally a recording by Little Richard. However, The Beatles recorded their version for the show, “Pop Go The Beatles”. In brief, this show went on the air on the 27th August, 1963, and this is their one and only recording of it. This track is available on their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”.
Recorded: 1st August, 1963
Studio/Location: Playhouse Theatre, Manchester, UK
Genre: Rock and roll
Track Duration: 1:37
Songwriter: Richard Penniman
Producer: Terry Henebery
Ooh! My Soul
“Ooh! My Soul” (sometimes aka “Oh My Soul”) is a song by Little Richard on his eponymous second album. However, it was also a single for the singer (release date – May 1958). This track being the A-side while “True Fine Mama” was the B-side. It was a minor success in both the UK and America but it didn’t reach the top 20 in either country (positions 22 and 31 respectively).
In their early days, The Beatles would sing cover versions of songs just like other budding stars. They also had access to many rock and roll songs coming from America. Although The Beatles were to record this track, they didn’t record its B-side.
Be that as it may, Paul McCartney gave a rip roaring account of this old time rock and roll song. Although the original version by Little Richard was around 2:22 long, The Beatles’ version was only 1:37.
“I could do Little Richard’s voice, which is a wild, hoarse, screaming thing, it’s like an out-of-body experience. You have to leave your current sensibilities and go about a foot above your head to sing it. You have to actually go outside yourself. It’s a funny little trick and when you find it, it’s very interesting.”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
The Beatles recorded “Ooh! My Soul” on the 1st August, 1963. This was just one of the songs for the BBC’s “Pop Go The Beatles” show which had an airing on the 27 August, 1963.
Most previous Beatles’ recordings were from studios in London, of course. However, this recording differs in that the band recorded it in the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester.
Big Brother and the Holding Company also covered the song in 1966.