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“A Taste of Honey”

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“A Taste of Honey” is a pop standard written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow. It was first performed by Scott, and its title may have been inspired by the 1958 English play A Taste of Honey which reached Broadway in 1960.
The most famous version of this song was the instrumental cover by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass on their album Whipped Cream & Other Delights, becoming a top ten hit in 1965 and winning the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. While this is the best remembered version, two others had competed in the charts in 1962: both Martin Denny and The Victor Feldman Quartet had minor hits with their takes on the song. The only vocal version to chart was the 1964 minor hit for Tony Bennett. The newest version recorded as a single release was by Howard Bailey. Sticking close to the Herb Alpert version, Bailey played all the main brass melodies on the guitar.

It was covered by The Beatles on their debut album Please Please Me. It was a favourite of Paul McCartney’s, and was included in the Beatles’ repertoire in 1962. John Lennon sometimes played around with the title, calling it “A Waste of Money”. (Satirist Allan Sherman actually recorded a parody song called “A Waste of Money”) The Beatles performed “A Taste of Honey” on many BBC radio shows, including Here We Go, Side by Side and Easy Beat.

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals, bass
  • John Lennon – acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • George Harrison – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Ringo Starr – brushed drums

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