Till There Was You

Covered by The Beatles

Till There Was You

The famous song written by Meredith Willson was the beginning of the Beatles' movement towards rewriting songs that were beautiful and slow to be upbeat and energetic. It was recorded on the 18th and 30th of July in 1963, and was released on the album With The Beatles on November 2, 1963 in the UK, and January 20, 1964 in America.
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History of the Song

"Till There Was You" was originally written in 1957 for the musical, The Music Man. The original original recording was released in January 1958, before the original Broadway Cast Soundtrack was released. It was produced by Nelson Riddle, and featured his orchestra and a 17-year-old vocalist named Sue Raney. In 1958, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins recorded the song on his album Freedom Suite, and was recorded in 1961 by Peggy Lee, which inspired the Beatles to add it to their usual setlist.
The Beatles - Till There Was You

Some Interesting Facts

  • The usually overlooked song got them an audition and contract with EMI and George Martin, their producer.
  • The famous song has been left off of many lists that are supposed to include all of the Beatles' works, not because they didn't like it, but because they simply forgot to put it on.

Why I Picked This Song

  • "The Music Man" is one of my favorite musicals, and Till There Was You was a song I sang for a talent show in 7th grade.
  • "Till There Was You" is the only song from a Broadway musical that the Beatles ever covered. Other Beatles songs on Broadway are shows about the Beatles written after the band broke up.
Till There Was You- The Beatles cover

Why I Picked This Cover

  • I thought it was really cool that this band has an string bass.
  • I also liked that they are all high school students.

Why I Liked This Cover

  • It was almost exactly what the Beatles played, but the string bass made the sound really different than a bass guitar.
  • I liked how they were really jazzy and chill, and their calmness and how they moved with the rhythm made it a lot more laid-back than the Beatles' recording.