The Beatles



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The Beatles
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by Ivo Arbiter
Band names:
"The Quarrymen" (also "the Quarry Men", March 1958)
"The Beatles" (August 1960)

First song title: "In Spite Of All The Danger"

Genres: Skiffle - Rock and roll - Soft rock

Musicians:
--- John Lennon - vocals, guitar
--- Paul McCartney - backing vocals, guitar
--- George Harrison - backing vocals, guitar
--- John "Duff" Lowe - piano
--- Colin Hanton - drums

Writers: Paul McCartney and George Harrison

ORIGINAL VERSION
--- Recorded: July 12, 1958
--- Producer: Percy Phillips
--- Studio: Phillips' Sound Recording Service, 38 Kensington, Liverpool, England
--- Label: Kensington Records
--- Format: 78 rpm acetate, B-side. On A-side: "That'll Be The Day"
--- Lenght: 3:25

RELEASE VERSION
--- Released: "In Spite of All the Danger" was not released to the public until it appeared on 1995's "Anthology 1" collection - Nov. 21, 1995
--- Producer: George Martin
--- Studio: Abbey Road Studios (EMI Studios), 3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood, City of Westminster, London, England
--- Labels: Apple Records Ltd. - EMI Records Ltd.
--- Format: Track No.4 - Vinyl (triple L.P., Disc 1, A-side) - C.D. (double, Disc 1)
--- Lenght: 2:44

Features: With the cover of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day" recorded at the same session (A-side), "In Spite Of All The Danger" were the first professional recording made by what would become The Beatles. Only one copy was made. The Song is in the key of E and follows a standard I (E chord)-I7-IV (A chord)-V7 (B7 chord)-I-IV-I progression.

Interestings facts: In March 1957, John Lennon, then aged sixteen, formed a skiffle group with several friends from Quarry Bank school. They briefly called themselves the Blackjacks, before changing their name to The Quarrymen after discovering that a respected local group was already using the other name.

Quote (Paul McCartney): «It was my song. It's very similar to an Elvis song. It's me doing an Elvis. I'm a bit loathe to say which! "Yeah" is all I'm going to say on that. I know which one! It was one that I'd heard at scout camp when I was younger and I'd loved it. And when I came to write the first couple of songs at the age of about 14 that was one of them».

Property: © Apple Records Ltd. - © EMI Records Ltd.

Official website: http://www.thebeatles.com


"In Spite Of All The Danger" (1958) original audio
IN SPITE OF ALL THE DANGER

In spite of all the danger
In spite of all that may be
I'll do anything for you
Anything you want me to
If you'll be true to me

In spite of all the heartache
That you may cause me
I'll do anything for you
Anything you want me to
If you'll be true to me

I'll look after you
Like I've never done before
I'll keep all the others
From knocking at your door

In spite of all the danger
In spite of all that may be
I'll do anything for you
Anything you want me to
If you'll be true to me

Yeah!

In spite of all the heartache
That you may cause me
I'll do anything for you
Anything you want me to
If you'll be true to me

I'll look after you
Like I've never done before
I'll keep all the others
From knocking at your door

In spite of all the danger
In spite of all that may be
I'll do anything for you
Anything you want me to
If you'll be true to me

I'll do anything for you
Anything you want me to
If you'll be true to me
"In Spite Of All The Danger" (1958) lyrics

The Quarrymen first record
The only copy of the shellac acetate
containing the first two songs professionally recorded by The Quarrymen

Phillips' studio
Percy Phillips' shop, studio and home at 38 Kensington, Liverpool; the article from the Liverpool Echo (Dec. 24, 1977) in which Percy Phillips recalls The Quarrymen session.

The Quarrymen 1958
The Quarrymen. George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney in 1958 at Auntie Gin's house for a wedding in Dinah's Lane, Liverpool. Auntie Gin was Paul's aunt. Photo taken by Paul's younger brother Mike McCartney.

The Beatles - Anthology 1 cover
The cover of "Anthology 1" is the first third of the Anthology collage made by Klaus Voormann. Various photographs and album covers are torn and collected together.
The Beatles - Anthology mosaic

The Beatles 1962
The Beatles. Ringo Starr (left) join to the definitive formation in 1962, the year of "Love Me Do", with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison.