When was it recorded? Jun. 1, 1963
When was it first released, and on which album? Nov. 30, 1994 on “Live at the BBC”
Who wrote it? Doc Pomus + Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Have I heard this song before? Maybe
What my research dug up:
Songwriting duo Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller (who I’ve talked about many a-time on this blog) wrote “Young Blood” along with American blues musician Jerome Felder, AKA Doc Pomus. Pomus was pretty prolific – he wrote or co-wrote with Mort Shuman a number of his including”Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and “Turn Me Loose.”
According to Wikipedia, “Pomus wrote [‘Young Blood’], then gave it to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who radically rewrote it.” Regardless, it was Pomus’s first songwriting credit and inspired him to keep at it. Pomus was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Blues Hall of Fame. Additionally, “he was the first non-African-American recipient of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award” (Wikipedia).
American R&B group The Coasters recorded the first version of “Young Blood” on Feb. 15, 1957. It was released as the B-side to their single “Searchin’” in March. If that rings a bell, it’s because the Beatles also covered “Searchin’” (Day 207), notably during their 1962 Decca audition.
According to Wikpedia, “The Coasters’ version [of ‘Young Blood’] is ranked #414 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
“Young Blood” was a staple of the Beatles’ early live shows, with George on lead vocals. The Fab Four recorded it once for “Pop Go the Beatles” on Jun. 1, 1963. It aired on BBC Radio 10 days later and appeared on 1994’s compilation “Live at the BBC.”