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Anna (Go To Him)

The history of this classic Beatles song


The Beatles' Souvenir of their Visit to America EP, featuring

The Beatles' Souvenir of their Visit to America EP, featuring "Anna"

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Anna (Go To Him)

Written by: Arthur Alexander
Recorded: February 11, 1963 (Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London, England)
Mixed: February 25, 1963
Length: 2:56
Takes: 3
Musicians: John Lennon: lead vocal, rhythm guitar (1964 Gibson J160E)
Paul McCartney: backing vocal, bass guitar (1961 Hofner 500/1)
George Harrison: lead guitar (1957 Gretsch Duo Jet G6128T)
Ringo Starr: drums (1960 Premier kit)
Available on: (CDs in bold)
    • Please Please Me, (UK: Parlophone PMC 1202, PCS 3042, Parlophone CDP7 46435-2p, US: Capitol CLJ 46435)
    • Introducing The Beatles, (US: VeeJay VJLP 1062)
    • The Early Beatles, (US: Capitol (S)T 2309), Capitol CDP 0946 3 57498 2 3}
    • The Beatles No. 1 (EP), (UK: Parlophone GEP 8883}
    • Originally released by country-soul singer Arthur Alexander on September 17, 1962 (Dot 16387), this Top Ten R&B hit was a favorite of John's, and made it into the group's stage show not long after its release. When material was needed for the Beatles' debut album, John suggested this song. It was recorded as the second song of the "evening session" on February 25, just after completion of "Hold Me Tight."
    • There are slight but noticeable differences between the two versions. On the original, legendary country pianist Floyd Cramer plays the lead line; on the Beatles' version, George Harrison replicates it on guitar. The original is in the key of C, while the Beatles' version John sings the vocal with slightly more passion, especially on the yearning bridges, although his infamous cold of that day's marathon recording session reduced his range a bit.
    • The syncopated, off-balance drum pattern of the original, accented even harder by Ringo, would later become a staple of his drum riffs from "Ticket To Ride" to "Tomorrow Never Knows"!
    BBC radio versions: 2 (for the BBC radio program Pop Goes The Beatles)
    • Oddly, the group never performed this live staple on any of their subsequent tours.
    • The Vee-Jay promo single of "Ask Me Why" backed with "Anna," (cataloged only as "Spec. DJ No. 8") prepared for the US in 1964 but never released, is the most valuable Beatles vinyl collectors item, with fewer than five known copies in existence. A mint copy is said to be valued somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000.
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