Boys was first recorded in 1960 by the Shirelles, an all-female, African-American R&B group that Jon Lennon particularly admired. It was the B-side of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. When the Beatles first performed this song, Pete Best (the drummer-predecessor to Ringo Starr) sang the lead.
In the Abbey Road recording session on the evening of February 11, 1963, Ringo Starr appears as lead vocalist, his first appearance for the Beatles in that role. It was recorded in a single take. The song speaks of the power of a kiss -- "When a boy kiss a girl, take a trip around the world." The Beatles altered the lyrics a bit to indicate how the girl reacts to the kiss from the guy.
Upbeat, this song was a favorite of Beatles fans since the very beginning.
Februar 11, 1963, in one take.