The song was written by McCartney and Harrison, and is the only song to credit the two alone. It believed to have been recorded on Saturday 12 July 1958 (three days before Lennon's mother's death). However, that recording date is disputed by the group. The recording was made at Percy Phillips' home studio in Liverpool. It cost 17 shillings and six pence.
Earliest recording made by the groupEdit
Along with their cover of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day" recorded at the same session, these songs were the first recordings made by what would become The Beatles. The only other previous recording of the Quarrymen in performace was a reel-to-reel tape-recording made by an audience member on 6 July 1957, during the Quarrymen's last set for the 1957 Rose Queen garden fête at St. Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool. This was made on the very day on which McCartney first met Lennon, but before he was a member of the group. So, while it is true that an audience member made a recording that night — the recording was not under the band's control, and it was made before McCartney or Harrison joined the band.
History of the recordingEdit
Only one copy of the "That'll Be the Day" and "In Spite of All the Danger" recordings was made, and each band member kept the acetate disc for a week. Lowe was the last to have it, keeping it for nearly 25 years. In 1981, Lowe attempted to sell it at auction, but McCartney intervened and purchased it from him. McCartney had engineers restore as much of the record's sound quality as possible and then made approximately 50 copies of the single that he gave as personal gifts to family and friends. In 2004, Record Collector magazine named the original pressing as the most valuable record in existence, estimating its worth at £100,000, with the 1981 copies made by McCartney coming in second on the list at £10,000 each.
"In Spite of All the Danger" was not released to the public until it appeared on 1995's Anthology 1 collection along with "That'll Be the Day". The Anthology version (2:44) runs a little shorter than the unedited original (3:25).
McCartney played the song throughout his 2005 world tour.
The song's recording was depicted in the 2010 biopic "Nowhere Boy" which was accurate even to the 17/6d charge for the recording session.
- John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – rhythm guitar, backing vocal
- George Harrison – lead guitar, backing vocal
- John Lowe – piano
- Colin Hanton – drums
- On the unofficial Beatles tribute CD/DVD Big Beat Box, the first track on the CD track list is one called "In Spite of All the Danger". Although in approximately the Lennon/McCartney style, it is not this track; it was probably written as part of the tribute. At the time the Big Beat Box CD/DVD came out, this track was thought to have been lost.