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My Bonnie is the name of a 1962 album, by Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers (A.K.A. The Beatles).

HistoryEdit

On The Beatles' first visit to Hamburg, Germany in 1960, they met rock and roller Tony Sheridan, and became friends with him. On their second visit, in 1961 (now minus Stuart Sutcliffe), The Beatles backed Sheridan in a series of stage performances. It is sometimes said that German Polydor agent Bert Kaempfert personally saw Sheridan with The Beatles, but others report that a friend of Kaempfert's suggested that he bring them in to put down some recordings. Either way, he produced the material with Karl Hinze engineering. While they recorded a number of songs together (as well as alone), few of them actually made it on to the album, with Sheridan re-recording many of them. The Beatles are known to appear on "My Bonnie" and "The Saints" (this pair was also released as a single, see below). The version of "Swanee River" on the album has sometimes been said to feature The Beatles, however that version is in fact not included here, and it is not known whether the original recording still exists.

Legend says, in 1961, Raymond Jones, a young man from Liverpool, made a request for a copy of the "My Bonnie" single, which brought The Beatles to the attention of then-record store manager Brian Epstein, and set in motion the events that would lead him to become their manager. In truth, there was no such person as Raymond Jones. Epstein's assistant Alistair Taylor later admitted that he had invented the name to put on the order form for copies of the "My Bonnie" single. After The Beatles became successful, the eight tracks The Beatles worked on and some other Beat Brothers material were issued on an album in 1964 titled The Beatles' First.

Track listingEdit

Side one
  1. "My Bonnie" (traditional, arranged by Tony Sheridan)
  2. "Skinny Minny" (Bill Haley, Rusty Keefer, Milt Gabler, Catherine Cafra)
  3. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On" (Dave Williams, Sonny David)
  4. "I Know Baby" (Sheridan)
  5. "You Are My Sunshine" (Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell)
  6. "Ready Teddy" (Robert Blackwell, John Marascalco)
Side two
  1. "The Saints" (James Milton Black, Katharine Purvis)
  2. "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" (Ray Charles)
  3. "Let's Twist Again" (Kal Mann, Dave Appell, Buchenkamp)
  4. "Sweet Georgia Brown" (Bernie, Pinkard, Casey)
  5. "Swanee River" (Stephen Foster)
  6. "Top Ten Twist" (Homsen, Bones, Sheridan, Lüth)


In 2001, The MY Bonnie LP was issued on CD by Polydor, with 10 bonus tracks:

  1. "My Bonnie (German intro)" (Trad./Sheridan-Bertie)
  2. "Ich Lieb' Dich So" (Pomus-Spector-Lueth)
  3. "Der Kiss-Me Song" (Warren-Schwabach-Wallnau)
  4. "Madison Kid" (C. Thomas)
  5. "Let's Dance" (Sheridan-Lee)
  6. "Ruby Baby" (Leiber-Stoller)
  7. "What'd I Say" (Ray Charles)
  8. "Veedeboom Slop Slop" (Johnny Sivo)
  9. "Let's Slop" (Sivo-Gleissner)
  10. "My Bonnie (no intro)




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