“Some Other Guy” is indeed another cover song by The Beatles on their “Live At The BBC” album. They recorded this track 3 times while doing their BBC Radio shows. This recording was an original single release for Richie Barrett in 1962, of course.
Just to point out that there is only a small amount of footage of The Beatles playing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Indeed, “Some Other Guy” is the song that they sang at the time. Since this website has the name Beatles Forum and Cavern club, obviously this is significant to us. In fact, it is significant for music fans everywhere, especially Beatlemaniacs.
Recorded: 19th June, 1963
Studio/Location: Playhouse Theatre, London
BBC Radio Show: Easy Beat
Genre: Rock and roll
Track Duration: 2:01
Record Label: Apple Records
Songwriters: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Richard Barrett
Producer: Ron Belchier (Post-Production by George Martin)
Some Other Guy
Written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Richie Barrett, “Some Other Guy” was an single in 1962 (B-side was “Tricky Dicky”). In fact, it was Richie Barrett who recorded it, but the song soon became a Merseybeat standard way back in the day.
In their early days, this song would be a part of The Beatles’ repertoire. Then, just like other up-and-coming groups, the Fab Four would play many cover versions of their favourite songs. However, The Beatles had access to many obscure songs as well:
“Brian [Epstein] had had a policy at NEMS of buying at least one copy of every record that was released. If it sold, he’d order another one, or five or whatever. Consequently he had records that weren’t hits in Britain, weren’t even hits in America. Before going to a gig we’d meet in the record store, after it had shut, and we’d search the racks like ferrets to see what new ones were there. That’s where we found artists like Arthur Alexander and Ritchie Barrett – Some Other Guy was a great song.”
Live Footage At The Cavern Club
“Some Other Guy” is significant in that The Beatles sang it at the Cavern Club on the 22nd August, 1962. Not only that but there is also video footage of them singing the whole song there on that day.
A Granada TV crew filmed the grainy footage but they didn’t air it until The Beatles became famous. This is because the quality of the clip was not suitable for airing, even in those days! Granada Television was the regional independent television company for the North West of England, it is now ITV Granada.
At the end of the song you can clearly hear a member of the audience shouting “we want Pete!”. This is significant because only a few days before the filming, Ringo Starr joined The Beatles. Prior to Ringo being on the drums, Pete Best was the drummer and people liked him so there was a little friction at the time.
There is a lot of debate about the lyrics to the song because the Fab Four seem to have changed some of the original words. They possibly misinterpreted the song while listening to and learning the song. In fact, The Beatles’ lyrics stuck and future cover versions by other bands used them!
Apart from the famous Cavern Club footage, The Beatles recorded “Some Other Guy” for popular BBC Radio shows. All in all, there were three BBC recordings:
01) BBC Playhouse Theatre, London (22nd January, 1963) for the “Saturday Club” radio show (26th January, 1963).
02) BBC Paris Studio, London (22nd January, 1963).
03) BBC Playhouse Theatre, London (19th June, 1963) for the “Easy Beat” radio show (23rd June, 1963). This is also the version on The Beatles’ “Live At The BBC” album from 1994. There it sits as track 11 on disc 1 after “Sure To Fall (In Love With You)” and before “Thank You Girl“.
Of course we have to show the video footage at the famous Cavern Club.