- Paul McCartney - lead vocal, acoustic guitar
- John Lennon - backing vocal
- George Harrison - lead guitar
- Ringo Starr - drums
Teddy Boy refers to a British pop style most recently seen in some of the Austin Power movies. The lyrics are melodramatic: They tell the story of a young guy whose mother tells him about his deceased father, a war hero. When the mother remarries, Teddy Boy leaves home in anguish, but returns to her.
Paul McCartney wrote this song during his stay in Rishikesh, India in 1968 and worked on it after his return to England. Critics have not regarded the song as an especially good example of Paul's musical abilities. The group recorded several takes during January of 1969 during the "Get Back" sessions.
Two separate takes were merged together and released as part of the Anthology 3 collection. In April of 1970 Paul released his own recording of the song for his first independent album, McCartney. In the Beatles recording, Paul sings lead and plays acoustic guitar. John sings back-up vocals, and George plays lead guitar. Ringo is on drums. Phil Spector mixed the song for the Let it Be album, but it was not included in the final release.