|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Written by||Gerry Goffin/Carole King|
|Released||March 22, 1963|
|Album||Please Please Me|
|Also featured on||Introducing...The Beatles|
|Recorded||February 11, 1963|
|Please Please Me guide|
Anna (Go to Him)
|Introducing...The Beatles guide|
Anna (Go to Him)
Chains is a song composed by the Brill Building husband-and-wife songwriting team Gerry Goffin and Carole King and originally recorded (but not released by) The Everly Brothers. In 1962 it was a hit for Little Eva's backing singers, The Cookies (#17 U.S. Pop, #7 R&B), and later covered by The Beatles.
The Beatles' version Edit
The single by the Cookies was a popular cover song for Liverpool bands after its release in November 1962, and was included briefly in the Beatles live sets. They recorded it on February 11, 1963 in four takes (first has been proved the best) for inclusion on their British debut, Please Please Me. Lennon played the introduction on the harmonica. Music critic Ian MacDonald criticized the Beatles' performance, writing that it was "slightly out-of-tune" and "lacked spontaneity". George Harrison sings the lead vocals on the Beatles' version; and, as the fourth track from the group's first album, it represents the first time many fans heard Harrison singing lead on a commercially released song.
They played the song live on a number of BBC radio shows, including Side by Side, Here We Go and Pop Go the Beatles (though none of these performances were included on the 994 compilation Live at the BBC, it was eventually released on the 2013 compilation On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2).
- Earl-Jean McCrea: lead vocals
- Margaret Ross: background vocals
- Dorothy Jones: background vocals
- Eva Boyd: background vocals
- George Harrison: Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar (1957 Gretsch Duo Jet)
- John Lennon: Rhythm Guitar (1958 Rickenbacker 325), Backing Vocals, Harmonica (Hohner G Chromatic)
- Paul McCartney: Bass Guitar (1961 Hofner 500/1), Backing Vocals
- Ringo Starr: Drums (1960 Premeir 58/54 Mahogany)
Engineered by Norman Smith
Personnel per MacDonald