When was it recorded? Jan. 1, 1962
When was it first released, and on which album? Jun. 5, 1964 as a single by the Applejacks
Who wrote it? McCartney
Have I heard this song before? No
What my research dug up:
Paul wrote “Like Dreamers Do” in 1957, making it one of his earliest compositions.
“‘Like Dreamers Do’ was one of the very first songs I wrote and tried out at the Cavern. We did a weak arrangement but certain of the kids liked it because it was unique, none of the other groups did it. It was actually a bit of a joke to try your own songs… For you to write it yourself was a bit plonky, and the songs obviously weren’t that great, but I felt we really had to break through that barrier because if we never tried our own songs we’d just never have the confidence to continue writing.” — Paul McCartney (Barry Miles, Many Years From Now)
The Quarrymen performed “Like Dreamers Do” during their 1958 live shows. According to the Beatles Bible, it was also the first song the Beatles performed at their unsuccessful audition for Decca Records on Jan. 1, 1962. It was one of only three Lennon-McCartney originals performed that day. This recording of “Like Dreamers Do” was cleaned up and included on “Anthology 1” in 1995.
George Martin signed the Beatles to EMI Records in June 1962, by which time, according to the Beatles Bible, “‘The Beatles had largely forgotten about Like Dreamers Do.’” The song was given to the British band The Applejacks after John and Paul met them while rehearsing for a TV appearance. “Like Dreamers Do” was released their second single on Jun. 5, 1964, quoth the Beatles Bible, “a time when anything written by Lennon-McCartney was likely to become a hit.” The song peaked at #20 on the UK Singles Chart.
I didn’t expect to like this song, but I really did enjoy both versions. Pretty swingin’.