Shout was written and first recorded by the Isley Brothers (Ronald, O'Kelly and Rudolph) in 1959. It was their first gold record. This upbeat and uptempo rock song was a response to Lonely Teardrops, a popular song of the day released by Jackie Wilson. It has become a classic of the early rock and roll era, and it has been admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was ranked 118 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The Beatles adopted Shout (part II of the song) for their performance set, but stopped singing it once they had signed with EMI in mid-1962. Then, on April 19, 1964, when the BBC taped a Beatles' performance for a special called Around the Beatles, the group included part II of Shout in that performance. It aired on May 5. A slimmed down version of this recording has been released as part of the Anthology 1 collection (with audience screaming edited out). It is unusual in the Beatles' catalogue, as it is one of just a few songs in which all four members of the group share lead vocal duties.