Chains was first recorded in 1962 by the Cookies, a female group that had evolved from the "Raylettes," Ray Charles' back-up singers. It was somewhat well-known in the States, but in Britain it achieved wide popularity. The Beatles covered the song in concerts, including a live performance on BBC, before recording it in the evening of February 11, 1963 for their debut album, Please Please Me. The first take of four was chosen for the album. It is the second cover on the album, after Anna, and like Anna, was lowered three half-tones from its original key. The three singers -- John, Paul and George -- sing in close harmony throughout, but George Harrison is given the position of lead vocal due to his outstanding contribution in the bridge.