Young Blood

Live At The BBC album artworkWritten by: Leiber-Stoller-Pomus
Recorded: 1 June 1963
Producer: Terry Henebery

Released: 30 November 1994 (UK), 5 December 1994 (US)

George Harrison: vocals, lead guitar
John Lennon: backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass
Ringo Starr: vocals, drums

Available on:
Live At The BBC

The Beatles recorded The Coasters’ Young Blood on 1 June 1963, for the BBC radio show Pop Go The Beatles.

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The song was written in 1957 by the songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, together with Doc Pomus. It was originally the b-side of The Coasters’ March 1957 single Searchin’, a song The Beatles had recorded during their audition for Decca Records on 1 January 1962.

On 29 August 1985 a fan’s recording of The Beatles performing at the Cavern Club was sold for £2,310 at Sotheby’s auction house, London. Young Blood was one of 18 songs on the tape, which was bought by Paul McCartney.

The recording dates from mid 1962, although a precise date has not been found. Nothing from the tape has found a wider audience, either officially or on bootlegs.

On 1 June 1963 the group performed it for the second edition of the BBC radio show Pop Go The Beatles. It was recorded at the BBC Paris Studio in London, and first broadcast on 11 June.

George Harrison took lead vocals on The Beatles’ version of Young Blood, with a handful of lines in the chorus and middle eight sung by McCartney and Lennon. This version of the song was eventually released in 1994 on Live At The BBC.

Lyrics

I saw her standing on the corner
A yellow ribbon in her hair
I couldn’t stop myself from calling
Why look a-there, look a-there
Why look a-there, why look a-there

Young blood
Oh young blood
Young blood
I can’t get you out of my mind

I took one look and I was fractured
I tried to walk but I was lame
I tried to talk but I just stuttered
Why what’s your name? What’s your name?
Why what’s your name? What’s your name?

Young blood
Young blood
Young blood
I can’t get you out of my mind

What crazy stuff, she looked so tough
I tried to follow her all the way home
But things went bad, I met her dad
He said ‘You better leave my daughter alone’

I tried to sleep but I just couldn’t
I saw the rising of the sun
And all along my heart was calling
Why you’re the one, you’re the one
Why you’re the one, a-you’re the one

Young blood
Oh young blood
Yeah young blood
I can’t get you out of my mind

Yeah young blood
Oh young blood
Yeah young blood
I can’t get you out of my mind

7 responses on “Young Blood

  1. Vonbontee

    Yeah, I think Ringo’s one of the four, even though they’re all doing fairly goofy voices! Many of those wonderful Coasters classics had little vocal bits that the four singers subdivided among themselves. Ringo was available, so I can’t see any reason why they wouldn’t use his voice, unless maybe the BBC facilities had no means of miking a drummer. I’ll have to give this another listen tonight to make sure.

    Which leads me to wondering: Were those BBC sessions generally recorded live-off-the-floor, with live vocals; or did they overdub vocals (and maybe other things) afterwards? The BBC version of “A Hard Day’s Night” very obviously punched in the regular studio recording of the instrumental break. That’s not an overdub, but it does show that SOME tampering was done, in at least that one case. (The Beeb version of “I Feel Fine” may have similarly punched in the feedback intro.)

    1. Julian

      The BBC version of I Feel Fine has different sound of feedback, so I suppose it was recorded during this rendition of the song. The BBC recordings were mostly live, recorded in 1 take, but as noted in “Live At The BBC” booklet the “BBC” feedback took a couple of takes to record.

  2. Rakel Harrison

    Ohh, when you say that Ringo is singing the last ” Look a there”
    I believe it’s John, he’s always making goofy voices, and you really hear his voice, ringo’s more bass :)

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