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"Cry for a Shadow" is an early Beatles instrumental. It was recorded on June 22, 1961 while they were performing as Tony Sheridan's backup band for a few tracks. It was written by George Harrison with John Lennon as a parody of The Shadows style. (The Shadows, who backed Cliff Richard were the biggest British instrumental rock & roll group at the time of the recording.) Overtly, The Beatles did not take The Shadows seriously, although in reality they probably admired them. It imitates and even pokes fun at the lead guitar with typical Hank Marvin licks, the melodic bass fills, and even has an imitation during the second middle 8 of the famous Jet Harris yell. It is the only Beatles track to be credited to Lennon and Harrison alone. The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Tony Sheridan (born Andrew Esmond Sheridan McGinnity on May 21, 1940), is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The Shadows are an English instrumental rock n roll group active from the 1950s to the 2000s. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Hank B. Marvin (born Brian Robson Rankin, 28 October 1941, Newcastle upon Tyne, England) is the lead guitarist of the (mainly) instrumental group The Shadows, formed initially as a backing band for Cliff Richard. ... Jet Harris (real name Terence Harris) was the bass guitarist and leader of The Shadows until April 1962. ...


It was intended to be released as the b-side of "Why," another Sheridan song with The Beatles, but the record company chose to release another song instead. In early 1964 (see 1964 in music), as The Beatles were gaining popularity, the record company decided to release it--with "Why" changed to the b-side. According to Bill Harry, editor of the Mersey Beat newspaper, Cry for a Shadow's original title was "Beatle Bop." 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. ... Why, by Carly Simon, was one of a string of film-inspired singles from a less successful period in her career (specifically in the US). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... See also: 1963 in music, other events of 1964, 1965 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - Top of the Pops premieres on BBC television. ... Bill Harry was born in Liverpool, England. ... Mersey Beat was a music publication in Liverpool, England in the early 1960s. ...


It was also released much later in 1995 as part of the Anthology 1 compilation (see 1995 in music). 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Beatles Anthology 1 was released in late 1995, and includes rarites and alternatives tracks from their days as the Quarry Men, through the Decca auditions and the album Beatles for Sale. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 other events of 1995 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ...


"Cry for a Shadow" is also the name of a song from Beat Happening's 1991 album Dreamy. Beat Happening was a 1980s twee pop band, the most popular of International Pop Undergrounds roster of influential alternative rock stars. ... Dreamy is the fourth album by indie rock band Beat Happening. ...


Personnel

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born June 18, 1942) is an iconic Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of the Beatles. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Beatles, early 1962: (L-R) Pete, George, Paul and John. ...

References

  • Dermon, Dave III. "History of the Beatles' Singles". Retrieved October 7, 2005.
  • Cross, Craig. "Cry for a Shadow". Retrieved October 7, 2005.

 
 

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