“Please Mister Postman” is one of those early Beatles’ cover songs, of course. Indeed, the band sang this popular song regularly on the live scene in 1962, especially at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
Recorded: 30th July, 1963
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Doo-wop, soul, rock and roll
Track Duration: 2:36
Record Label: Parlophone (UK)
Songwriters: Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
John Lennon: double-tracked lead vocals, rhythm guitar, also handclapping
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass, also handclapping
George Harrison: backing vocals, lead guitar, also handclapping
Ringo Starr: drums, cowbell, also handclapping
Please Mister Postman
Originally, “Please Mister Postman” was an American number one for The Marvelettes in 1961. In fact, this was the first Tamla Motown song to reach this position.
Just like other up-and-coming bands, The Beatles would regularly sing cover songs from established artists. With this in mind, the band took on this song with good effect being part of their live repertoire during 1962. John Lennon sang lead vocals while Paul McCartney and George Harrison provided the backing vocals.
In short, this track appears on their second studio album from 1963, “With The Beatles”.
The Beatles began recording “Please Mister Postman” on the 30th July, 1963, in Studio Two of EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London during the 10.00 am-1.30 pm session. However, by this time, The Beatles were no longer singing the song live on stage. Indeed, they were slightly rusty, but after nine takes, they gave a decent account of the track.
There is another version available on their 2013 album,”On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2″. But, that version is from their BBC Radio show, “Pop Go The Beatles” from the 30th July, 1963.
Not only did The Marvelettes reach number one in America with “Please Mister Postman”, but The Carpenters did the same in 1974. New Zealander, Lyn Barnett, reached number 4 in the New Zealand charts with her cover version in 1962. The Saturdays also covered the song too and this version featured in the 2014 film, “Postman Pat: The Movie”.