Welcome to "Every Little Thing", a blog discussing all 214 songs released by the Beatles from 1962 to 1970....by Daniel Seth Levine.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

#30: I Want To Be Your Man

Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Released: November 22nd, 1963
Appears on: with the beatles
Lead vocal: Ringo

Ringo does a fine version of this pedestrian song that John and Paul literally threw together for the Rolling Stones. In 1963, the Stones had yet to hit it big, so they were looking for a hit single. Eventually, they bumped into John and Paul during a lunch break. The two tossed "I Want To Be Your Man" to them and it quickly became their first Top-20 single in England. You can find their version here.
At this point, the Lennon/McCartney team were banging out songs for just about everybody under Brian Epstein's management, but never actually recorded any of those songs*, so it is surprising that "I Want To Be Your Man" (a song written for a non-Epstein group) was recorded by the group. They probably did it just to fill a slot on the album and to give Ringo a spot. Still, it's a pretty frantic, rockin' song that also became Ringo's spotlight on tour in the US.

*For the obsessive compulsive people, the Billy J. Kramer 45, "Do You Want To Know A Secret?" b/w "I'll Get You", was recorded after The Beatles released their versions.

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