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History of the Beatles' Us Singles - 3

Why / Cry For A Shadow
MGM K13227, March 27, 1964

Why

Written by Tony Sheridan, with Bill Crompton
Sung by Tony Sheridan
Vocal Harmonies by John, Paul, and George
Engineer: Karl Hinze

Cry For A Shadow
Written by George and John
Instrumental
Engineer: Karl Hinze

1) Why History
Why, or more completely Why (Can't You Love Me Again), was recorded during the same Polydor sessions that produced My Bonnie. These sessions were held in Germany on June 22 and 23, 1961, with the Beatles performing as backup musicians for Tony Sheridan. This time, however, John, Paul and George can be heard performing the vocal harmonies.

US Releases
March 27, 1964
February 3, 1964
March 1964
October 5, 1964
August 15, 1966
May 4, 1970
1982, 1983 MGM K13227
The Beatles, with Tony Sheridan and their Guests, MGM E-4215
Savage Young Beatles, Savage BM-69
Ain't She Sweet, Atco 33-169
This Is Where It Started, Metro M-563
In The Beginning, Polydor 24-2504
First Movement, Audio Fidelity PHX 339
Collectables 1524
20 Hits, The Beatles, Phoenix 20 P20-623

Highest US Chart Position
April 11, 1964 at #88

2) Cry For A Shadow History
This instrumental track was also recorded at Hamburg's Friedrich Ebert Halle school in June 1961. This became the first Beatle composition ever to appear on record, when released in France on Tony Sheridan's "Mr. Twist" EP. It was mostly George's song, but with John's help. Originally titled 'Beatle Bop', Cry For A Shadow was a parody of the Shadows' 'Frightened City.'

US Releases
March 27, 1964
February 3, 1964
March 1964
October 5, 1964
August 15, 1966
May 4, 1970
1982, 1983
November 25, 1995 MGM K13227
The Beatles, with Tony Sheridan and their Guests, MGM E-4215
Savage Young Beatles, Savage BM-69
Ain't She Sweet, Atco 33-169
This Is Where It Started, Metro M-563
In The Beginning, Polydor 24-2504
First Movement, Audio Fidelity PHX 339
Collectables 1520
20 Hits, The Beatles, Phoenix 20 P20-623
Anthology I, Apple 34445

Live Performances
1961
Performed throughout England in 1961

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