I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
In 1953 songwriters Joe Thomas and Howard Biggs conceived the song, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You). It became a popular standard when Elvis Presley chose to include it in his debut album (Elvis Presley) in 1956. The Beatles enjoyed performing the song, especially during their times in Germany, and they recorded it once (on July 16, 1963) for the BBC's radio Pop! Go the Beatles broadcasts (number 8 on August 6, 1963). This track was released in November of 1994 on the Live at the BBC album. It is one of three Elvis songs the Beatles recorded for the BBC. An earlier performance on New Year's Eve, 1962 during their fifth and final residency in Germany was recorded and preserved on the album, Live! At the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, 1962. John and Paul sing the vocals in harmony with John on rhythm guitar, Paul on Bass, George on lead guitar and Ringo on drums. Unlike the Elvis treatment, which was heavily rock-a-billy, the Beatles performed this song as an up-tempo, full-tilt rock and roll number. Ringo's drums are particularly noteworthy in the BBC recording.