- Published on 1964
- Author: Johnson
- Track 6 on “Beatles For Sale“
Info about “Mr. Moonlight”
The first known recording of the song was by blues pianist Piano Red, recording as “Dr. Feelgood and the Interns”. It was released as a b-side of a minor rhythm & blues hit single (titled “Dr. Feelgood”) in 1962.
The record became something of a cult favorite among several young British R&B enthusiasts, some of whom would soon go on to become members of well-known bands. The Beatles covered the song in their live act years before it appeared on record; another emerging Beat group, The Hollies, recorded and released their own performance of the same song nearly simultaneously with The Beatles’ version.
The Beatles’ recording of the song remains the most well-known version, featuring a rough lead vocal by John Lennon, classic Beatle harmonies, and a rolling organ solo. Despite this, it is cited by a few as possibly the worst song The Beatles ever recorded.
- John Lennon – vocal, rhythm guitar.
- Paul McCartney – harmony vocals, bass, Hammond organ.
- George Harrison – harmony vocals, lead guitar, African drum.
- Ringo Starr – conga.