Mr. Moonlight (song)
"Mr. Moonlight" Song by The Beatles from the album Beatles for Sale Released December 4, 1964 (mono and stereo) Recorded October 18, 1964,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll Length 2:33 (mono version)
2:36 (stereo version)
2:40 (US stereo version)
Label Parlophone Writer Roy Lee Johnson Producer George Martin Beatles for Sale track listing 14 tracks
- Side one
- "No Reply"
- "I'm a Loser"
- "Baby's in Black"
- "Rock and Roll Music"
- "I'll Follow the Sun"
- "Mr. Moonlight"
- "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!"
- Side two
The first known recording of the song was by blues pianist Piano Red, recording as "Dr. Feelgood and the Interns". It was released as a B-side of a minor rhythm & blues hit single (titled "Dr. Feelgood") in 1962. The record became something of a cult favorite among several young British R&B enthusiasts, some of whom would soon go on to become members of well-known bands.
In addition, the song was also covered by The Merseybeats in 1963.
The Beatles' version
The Beatles covered the song in their live act years before it appeared on record. Their recording of the song remains the best known version, featuring Latin-style percussion, prominent vocal harmonies, and, unusually, an organ solo. John Lennon sings lead, with backing vocals from Paul McCartney And George Harrison.
The Beatles recorded this song two different days in 1964. The first day was August 14, where they recorded four takes (one and four of which appear on Anthology 1). They recorded again on October 18, again in four takes, the last two of which showcased McCartney on Hammond organ.
- John Lennon – vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – harmony vocals, bass, Hammond organ
- George Harrison – harmony vocals, lead guitar, African drum
- Ringo Starr – percussion
- Personnel per The Beatles Bible
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