“Too Much Monkey Business” was a chart success for Chuck Berry who also wrote the song. However, The Beatles recorded a version for their “Pop Go The Beatles” show in 1963. Because of this we can hear it on their 1994 “Live At The BBC” album.
Recorded: 3rd September, 1963
BBC Radio Show: Pop Go the Beatles (10th September, 1963)
Genre: Rock and roll, rhythm and blues
Track Duration: 2:06
Songwriter: Chuck Berry
Producer: Ian Grant
Too Much Monkey Business
This was a Chuck Berry song and he also took the record into the American charts in 1956. The Beatles decided to perform it while gigging on the odd occasion from around 1960.
In their early days, The Beatles would be regulars on BBC Radio shows and record programmes for airing. The last time The Beatles recorded “Too Much Monkey Business” at the BBC was on the 3rd September, 1963. The BBC broadcast this show (Pop Go The Beatles) on the 10th September and it’s this version we hear on the “Live At The BBC” album.
There are three other BBC recordings but these versions are not available commercially. However, there are a number of bootlegs available which feature those recordings.
As well as The Beatles covering this song, many other artists did too. For example, The Hollies on their “In The Hollies Style” album (1964). The Yardbirds also covered the song and this is on their “Five Live Yardbirds” album (1964). Then we have a cover version by The Kinks on their self-titled album, also in 1964. So, there we have it, some of the best sixties bands made a cover version of this song!