While obviously not an original Beatles song, this cover of the Top Notes song that was also a cover hit for The Isley Brothers might just be the song that started “Beatlemania” following the performance of the Beatles at The Royal Variety Show in 1963. It was the only cover song recorded by the Beatles to sell one million copies, peaking at #2 in the US in 1964. “Twist and Shout” was recorded for the Please Please Me session, the first album recording for the band that became infamous for the 11 songs recorded in 10 hours. “Twist and Shout” was the last song to be recorded during the session due to the toll it took on John Lennon’s voice. Lennon was also suffering from a cold during the session and George Martin only got one take of the song because Lennon’s voice was pretty much gone afterwards.

The song received another resurgence in 1986 when it was used in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, lip-synched by Matthew Broderick, and Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School.


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