“Teddy Boy” is a Paul McCartney composition which is also on The Beatles’ “Anthology 3” album. Paul wrote the song while he was in India. A few acoustic versions exist as they recorded the song 6 times while rehearsing for the “Let It Be” album. However, a composite version from two of those recordings became a song on the “Anthology 3” album.
Release Date: 17th April, 1970
Recorded: 24th, 28th January, 1969
Studio: Morgan Studios
Genre: Folk rock
Track Duration: 2:25
Record Label: Apple Records
Songwriter: Paul McCartney
Producer: Paul McCartney
Engineer: Glyn Johns
This song originates from the time when Paul McCartney was in India during 1968. Many ideas for songs came from the Rishikesh retreat at that time, however, he finished the song off when he got back to the UK.
The lyrics tell of a mother and son consoling each other after losing the boy’s father who was a soldier in the war. The boy’s mother finds another man which forces the boy to run away. However, the song could imply that there is some form of reconciliation between the mother and son.
Although musically lightweight, they perform the song in a light-hearted manner and this is evident. In fact, about 40 seconds into “Teddy Boy” Paul McCartney breaks out into a giggle which is really funny.
“Teddy Boy” was actually going to be for Paul McCartney’s debut solo album. However, The Beatles did get together and record it quite a few times despite the lack of interest from the other band members. All in all, there were 6 takes on the 24th January, 1969. Then on the 28th of January they recorded a further two versions. The “Anthology 3” version is a mixture of the recordings from both of those days.
These recordings came from the Get Back/Let It Be era and both Glyn Johns and Phil Spector had an attempt at mixing the song. So it’s obvious that at some point they thought it could be suitable material for the album. However, this was not to be and the band never revived the song again.
Just to point out that some recordings exist which include George Harrison playing electric guitar. No other version of the “Teddy Boy” is commercially available.