“Shout” is a cover song which The Beatles recorded in 1964. Originally, the Isley Brothers took the song into the charts in 1959, but many other artists made good use of it. Obviously Lulu had chart success with it in 1964. The Beatles were to use it in a television special “Around The Beatles”, also in 1964. In short, the Beatles’ version appears on their Anthology 1 album.
Recorded: 19 April, 1964
Studio: IBC Studios ( International Broadcasting Company) live for ‘Around the Beatles’
Track Duration: 1:31
Songwriters: O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley
Producer: Jack Good
Engineer: Terry Johnson
Indeed, all the individual Beatles take part in the vocals on this song.
In the UK, “Shout” became a massive hit for Lulu and the Luvvers which peaked at number 8 in the charts. Lulu’s song is still as popular today as it has ever been. In fact, most karaoke events will see some budding star singing Lulu’s song from time to time. Not only that but the age range of those singers will be anything over 18 such is the song’s appeal.
The Beatles were Jack of all trades when it come to singing so they too recorded their version. However, their cover versions were mainly out of their appreciation of the singers and songs. Covering songs may have helped establish the Fab Four while gigging, but they knew they could write all their own material.
On the 6th May, 1964, ITV (Independent Television) broadcast a TV special called “Around the Beatles”. The show was to feature The Beatles obviously. But, there was to be a host of other performers too with the Fab Four becoming backing singers with some of those.
The Beatles pre-recorded the music for the show on the 19th April, 1964, at the IBC Studios in London. So this meant that The Beatles mimed throughout the show.
There are bootlegs of the show available but some of the songs from the appear on The Beatles’ Anthology 1 album from 1995. Indeed, “Shout” is on side 2, track 16 on the CD version. What is noticeable is the omission of the screams coming from the audience. This is intentional on the album because the mixing came from the original pre-recorded version and not the actual TV soundtrack.