The Beatles' music: quotes and info


Published on 1963
Author: Luther Dixon / Wes Farrell
Track 5 on “Please Please Me

About “Boys”

“Boys” is a song written by Luther Dixon and Wes Farrell, originally recorded by the Shirelles at Bell Sound Studios in New York City and released as the B-side of their “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” single in November 1960.

The Beatles covered “Boys” on their first album released in the UK, Please Please Me. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios on February 11, 1963 in a single take, and is Ringo Starr’s first recorded lead vocal with the Beatles. February 11 was a marathon day for the Beatles; they recorded 10 of the 14 tracks they needed for Please Please Me The Beatles included two songs by the Shirelles on their first album, “Boys” and “Baby It’s You


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

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