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Encyclopedia > Boys (The Shirelles song)
"Boys"
"Boys" cover
Song by The Beatles
from the album Please Please Me
Released March 22, 1963 (mono)
April 26, 1963 (stereo)
Recorded February 11, 1963
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:24
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Luther Dixon/Wes Farrell
Producer(s) George Martin
Please Please Me track listing
"Chains"
(4)
"Boys"
(5)
"Ask Me Why"
(6)

"Boys" is a song by The Beatles on their first album Please Please Me. The song was written by Luther Dixon and Wes Farrell - originally performed by The Shirelles and released as the B-side of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" in November 1960. Cover of The Beatles album Please Please Me. ... A song is a relatively short musical composition for the human voice (commonly accompanied by other musical instruments), which features words (lyrics). ... The Beatles, an English musical group from Liverpool, are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful popular music artists in history. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in leap years). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (117th in leap years). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Parlophone is a record label which was founded in Germany prior to World War I by the Carl Lindstrom Company. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Chains is a song performed by The Beatles on their album Please Please Me. ... Ask Me Why is a song by The Beatles from their album Please Please Me. ... The Beatles, an English musical group from Liverpool, are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful popular music artists in history. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Wes Farrell (born December 21, 1939, New York, New York - died February 29, 1996, Coconut Grove, Florida) was an American musician, songwriter and record producer, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s. ... The Shirelles were an influential American girl group in the early 1960s. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Will You Love Me Tomorrow is the title of a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. ...


In the early 1960s, The Beatles seemed to be largely unconcerned about any possible homosexual connotations in singing a song about 'boys'. In an October 2005 Rolling Stone interview, Paul McCartney stated: "Any one of us could hold the audience. Ringo would do 'Boys', which was a fan favourite with the crowd. And it was great - though if you think about it, here's us doing a song and it was really a girls' song. 'I talk about boys now!' Or it was a gay song. But we never even listened. It's just a great song. I think that's one of the things about youth - you just don't give a shit. I love the innocence of those days."[1] Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, (born June 18, 1942) is an English songwriter, musician and singer, best known as a member of The Beatles and one half of the songwriting partnership known as Lennon/McCartney. ...


"Boys" had always been The Beatles' 'drummer' song during their Cavern days, the drummer then being Pete Best[2]. Coincidently, Ringo Starr also sang this for his solo spot with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes (Cilla Black would sometimes join him on stage, both sharing the same microphone). The Beatles, early 1962: (L-R) Pete, George, Paul and John. ... Richard Starkey, MBE (born July 7, 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is a popular English musician, singer, and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. ... debjit ... Cover of Cilla Blacks 1966 album Cilla Sings a Rainbow. ...


It was recorded in a single take for The Beatles' Please Please Me album.


Instrumentation

  • Ringo Starr drums, lead vocal
  • Paul McCartney bass guitar, backing vocal
  • George Harrison lead guitar, backing vocal
  • John Lennon rhythm guitar, backing vocal

References

  1. ^ Mark Binelli, "Sir Paul Rides Again", 20 October 2005, Rolling Stone № 985.
  2. ^ Bill Harry.The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia p.118

 
 

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