Sunday, January 16

#53 I Wanna Be Your Man 45

A lot of people don't know that Lennon & McCartney's "I Wanna Be Your Man" is actually a rewrite of an old blues tune with the same name. Blind somebody recorded it in the early 50s and collectors know of a few records out there that have survived. A sure clue that it's not a Lennon/McCartney original is illustrated by how John & Paul treated the song. For a larf, they pawned it off on The Rolling Stones. Theories abound that it was a blatant attempt to derail their career. But, Lennon & McCartney ended up laughing even louder at the bank after the Stones accidentally had their first hit single with it. Then they gave it to Ringo to sing... a sure sign of something, to be sure. Because copyright laws were so loose in the 1960's, it has long been considered just another co-opted blues tune that got "borrowed" by some white guys. Meaning, it was goosed-up by a band of upper-poppin' punks with a Mersyside combo beat. They were kids, what did they know? So, we stripped the song back to its original Mississippi blues roots, then gave it to David Barratt, from The Beatles Compete On Ukulele, who edited it and added some blues uke. The first version is our original mono master, and the flip is Dave's edited & dubbed version. This is why we don't do vocals. Consider yourself warned.

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A - I Wanna Be Your Man (Mono Master) (3:04) B - I Wanna Be Your Man (Edited/Dubbed By David Barratt) (2:43) Free Download

8 comments:

Elvensung78 said...

I´ve waited for so long for your new download.
You`re so fantastic!!!
And the vocals...superb.
Keep on truckin´
WLFC got he blues so bad! Wow !!!

We're Late For Class said...

Thanks. But are you on the right blog?

Elvensung78 said...

Ummmm.. is this here the Howlin Wolf Blog ?
OK,sorry, I know its the on the tv now.
But you people can surprise me everytime
with the music your making.My wish would be a "WLFCasplayed byBoney.Miftheywere stoned" album.Pleeease do it!

We're Late For Class said...

Thanks again. Boney M. stoned? That's a novel idea.

Anonymous said...

THX a bunch, Latists, Sirs! I've been following your progress for some time via T-Fuzzy, having been especially impressed by the forays into KrautrockKosmos-49 and THEM!-50. Keep up the good work and never stop your highly appreciated, very fair policy of sharing / making your music a gift. Best, The Chairman

Anonymous said...

You claim that "I Wanna Be Your Man" is a rewrite, yet you can't even name the alleged original performer. "Blind somebody"? I'd like to hear this original recording, but can't seem to find anything by "Blind Somebody."

Your history is a bit off as well. Lennon & McCartney wrote the song (or finished writing it, depending upon whose memory you believe more) right in front of the Stones and immediately gave it to them. The Stones recorded it first, then they let Ringo record it to give him a track on their second album.

We're Late For Class said...

It's easy to spot a newbie around here.

Anonymous said...

outstanding...you guys give a franxious world dope