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More great blues from Rhythm & Blues Records


Beatles Beginnings : Quarrymen One

Beatles Beginnings : Quarrymen Two

Rolling Stones Beginnings Vol.1

History Of Rhythm And Blues 1925-1942

History Of Rhythm And Blues 1925-1942 Highlights

History Of Rhythm And Blues 1942-52

Beatles Beginnings
Three: The Silver Beatles
From Liverpool To Hamburg
Various Artists


©Rhythm And Blues Records 2010

Following on from their well-received compilations covering the roots of rhythm & blues, the R&B team shine a spotlight on the songs and styles that inspired the Beatles and which ultimately were responsible for shaping their sound.

Jazz, rock’n’roll, blues, music hall, guitar instrumentals, tin pan alley, rockabilly, dance band, soul, bolero, skiffle, trad, R&B, country, old-time, Broadway, doo-wop, folk, high school pop, Motown - the Beatles early influences are so wide-ranging that this series of discs could quite easily pass for an introduction to the history of twentieth century popular music.

For the first six years of their career, the Beatles were essentially a covers band. When they were captured live on tape in two sets at the Star Club in Hamburg in December 1962, they played thirty-two songs, only two of which were their own compositions. They established a repertoire of over 600 tunes, allowing them to tailor their set to the occasion for jazz clubs, strip clubs, church dances, folk clubs and working men’s clubs.

Covering the period 1957-60, the first disc in the series Quarrymen One investigates skiffle and the other music that the individual members of the group grew up listening to before rock’n’roll burst on to the scene. Quarrymen Two looks at the band’s rock’n’roll influences. Going into 1961 as they become a semi-professional gigging band, Silver Beatles sees them broadening out to include some of the Latin-influenced ‘uptown R&B’ numbers in vogue at the time, along with more rock’n’roll, rockabilly and the inclusion of some gospel-influenced songs.

All tracks have been carefully remastered to optimise the sound. An illustrated 32-page booklet includes detailed sleeve notes with a track-by-track commentary and an essay explaining the significance of each song to the band.


1. Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry 1956
2. Slow Down - Larry Williams 1958
3. Ooh My Soul - Little Richard 1957
4. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy - Larry Williams 1958
5. Bad Boy - Larry Williams 1959
6. Carol - Chuck Berry 1958
7. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey! - Little Richard 1959
8. Little Queenie - Chuck Berry 1958
9. Honey Hush - Johnny Burnette Trio 1956
10. Memphis, Tennessee - Chuck Berry 1958
11. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry - Elvis Presley 1956
12. Glad All Over - Carl Perkins 1957
13. Too Much Monkey Business - Chuck Berry 1956
14. Nothin' Shakin' - Eddie Fontaine 1958
15. Money - Barrett Strong 1959
16. Do You Wanna Dance - Bobby Freeman 1958
17. Crackin' Up - Bo Diddley 1958
18. Well - The Olympics 1958
19. What'd I Say - Ray Charles 1959
20. Shout - The Isley Brothers 1959
21. I've Got A Woman - Ray Charles 1954
22. Clarabella - The Jodimars 1956
23. Ain’t She Sweet - Gene Vincent 1956
24. Three Cool Cats - Coasters 1958
25. Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Hanson dub) - Buddy Holly 1959
26. I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Elvis Presley 1955
27. Sure To Fall - Carl Perkins 1955
28. To Know Her Is To Love Her - Teddy Bears 1958

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