Day 219: “Shout”

When was it recorded?  Apr. 19, 1964

When was it first released, and on which album?   Nov. 21, 1995 on “Anthology 1”

Who wrote it?   O’Kelly Isley Jr., Ronald Isley, and Rudolph Isley

Have I heard this song before?   Yeah yeah!

What my research dug up:

“Shout” has a lot of clout in American culture. It was in the cinematic masterpiece “Animal House.” Everyone covers it. There’s a choreographed dance you have to do at wedding receptions. It is inescapable. And it all started with the Isley Brothers.

The Isley Brothers (or just the Isleys) were/are an American music group from Ohio. They originally formed as a gospel quartet in 1964. Then Vernon died, leaving O’Kelly Jr., Ronald, and Rudolph to soldier on. They had a few minor singles before receiving national attention for their forth release, “Shout.” According to Wikipedia, “it was written by the brothers themselves as a call-and-response answer to Jackie Wilson’s seminal ‘Lonely Teardrops.’” Recorded Aug. 5, 1959 and released Sept. 21, “Shout” only reached #47 on the Billboard Hot 100. Eventually though the RIAA certified the song Gold and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone ranked it #118 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Beatles pre-recorded their version of “Shout” for the TV special “Around the Beatles” on Apr. 19, 1964. The actual special was filmed nine days later and aired May 6. Uniquely, all four Beatles take turns singing the lead vocals.

Quoth the Beatles Bible, “For reasons unknown, the ‘Anthology 1’ version edited around 30 seconds from the recording. Since the Anthology version was mixed from the original three-track tapes, rather than the program soundtrack, the audience’s screams were also omitted.“

This is more like it.

God, their fans going nuts is so entertaining.  Great live version of the song as well!




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