I Call Your Name

Infobox Single
Name = I Call Your Name

Cover size =
Caption =
Artist = Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas
from Album =
A-side ="Bad to Me" (Lennon/McCartney)
B-side ="I Call Your Name"
Released = 26 July 1963
Format =
Recorded = 26 June 1963 (both sides)
Genre =Pop music, Beat music
Length =
Label =Parlophone R5049
Writer =Lennon/McCartney
Producer =George Martin
Certification =
Chart position =
Last single =
This single = "Bad to Me"
Next single =
Misc =
Infobox Song
Name =I Call Your Name

Caption =EP cover
Type =EP track
Artist =The Beatles
alt Artist =
Album =
Published =
Released =19 June 1964
track_no =
Recorded =1 March 1964
Genre =
Length =
Writer =
Composer =
Label =
Producer =George Martin
Chart position =
Tracks =
prev =
prev_no =
next =
next_no =
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album =Long Tall Sally
Type =ep
Tracks = ;Side one
# "Long Tall Sally"
# "I Call Your Name";Side two
# "Slow Down"
# "Matchbox"
"I Call Your Name" is a song by The Beatles. Credited to Lennon & McCartney, the song was primarily written by John Lennon.

It was originally written by Lennon for Billy J. Kramer of The Dakotas, another Liverpool band who was signed to Parlophone by George Martin. Kramer released it as the B-side of "Bad to Me", another Lennon/McCartney composition, and hit #1 in late 1963.

Lennon was reportedly dissatisfied with the Dakotas' arrangement of his song, as well as its position as the single's B-side, so The Beatles recorded and released it on the 1964 "Long Tall Sally" EP. The song's midsection is the Beatles very successful attempt to introduce ska (which was then known as "bluebeat" and later "Reggae") to European and American audiences.


The Mamas & The Papas covered "I Call Your Name" in 1966 on their debut album "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears". In their version of the song, which they perform as more of a ballad than a rocker, Mama Cass calls out for John (Lennon) as a way of acknowledging Lennon for writing the song, or it's a reference to group member John Phillips. The group closes the song with, "I call your name... ye-ah!" The Beatles were well-known for the phrase "Yeah, yeah, yeah" from "She Loves You".

Ringo Starr recorded a version of the song for a television special marking the 10th anniversary of John Lennon's death and the 50th anniversary of his birth. The track, produced by Jeff Lynne, features a supergroup comprised of Lynne, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh & Jim Keltner.

Chart positions (a-ha)

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title=French Singles Chart
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title=German Singles Chart


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