I Call Your Name
- John Lennon – vocal, rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – bass
- George Harrison – lead guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, cowbell
John was the composer of I Call Your Name and he wrote it even before the Beatles were formed, though per custom it was credited to Lennon-McCartney.
Instead of recording the song, John gave it to Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, another group from Liverpool that George Martin had signed to a recording contract with Parlophone. Kramer ultimately released I Call Your Name on the b-side of Bad to Me, another Lennon-McCartney song.
John Lennon didn't like the Kramer arrangement or the fact that it was shunted to the b-side of the release.
The Beatles recorded the song on March 1, 1964. In the Beatles' version, only John sings vocals. Ringo plays a cowbell in addition to the drums. Some think the cowbell kept the song off the A Hard Day's Night album because of its similarity to You Can't Do That.
The Beatles version first appeared on The Beatles' Second Album in the US, and subsequently on the EP Long Tall Sally in the UK.
The song is noteworthy as the Beatles' first try at ska (the guitar solo in the middle eight). The most recent release of the song is found on Past Masters, Volume One.
For our money, this song is a classic of The Beatles' early period and boasts a clean Lennon vocal in which fans get a clear listen to his characteristic voice.