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Song facts: Honey Don't

On October 26th 1964, the Beatles turned up at the studio for the last Beatles for Sale recording session. On this day the band recorded Honey Don't, a Carl Perkins number that was chosen for Ringo to sing. It was originally released by Perkins as the B-side to Blue Suede Shoes on January 1st, 1956.

The Beatles had been performing Honey Don't since 1962, with John Lennon on lead vocal. On this day they recorded the song in only five takes, using the final take as the master.

"We all knew Honey Don't; it was one of those songs that every band in Liverpool played. I used to love country music and country rock. I'd had my own show with Rory Storm, when I would do five or six numbers. So singing and performing wasn't new to me; it was a case of finding vehicles for me with The Beatles. That's why we did it on Beatles For Sale. It was comfortable. And I was finally getting one track on a record: my little featured spot."

Ringo Starr

Personnel

  • Ringo Starr – lead vocal, drums, tambourine
  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • John Lennon – acoustic rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – bass guitar
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Ringo recording Beatles for Sale, 1964. 

Ringo recording Beatles for Sale, 1964.