A staple of The Beatles’ live act for some years, ‘Mr Moonlight’ was recorded by the group during sessions for their fourth LP, Beatles For Sale.
‘Mr Moonlight’ was written by Roy Lee Johnson. The first known recording was by blues pianist Piano Red, recording as Dr Feelgood and the Interns. It was released as the b-side of ‘Dr Feelgood’, a minor R&B hit in 1962.
In the studio
The Beatles attempted to record ‘Mr Moonlight’ twice in the studio in 1964. The first time was on 14 August, when they recorded four takes – the last of these was for a time considered the best.
Despite a blistering vocal from John Lennon, ‘Mr Moonlight’ is held by many Beatles fans as one of the least successful songs in their catalogue.