Where Have You Been All My Life
- John Lennon – rhythm guitar, lead vocal
- Paul McCartney – bass
- George Harrison – lead guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums
Where Have You Been All My Life? is a song the Beatles sang in Hamburg, Germany at the Star-Club in December of 1962, and it appears on the disc created from their performance (often called Last Night in Hamburg). It was not subsequently recorded by the group. Presumably it was part of their performance set earlier in 1962 and during their days in the Cavern Club in Liverpool, but only bootlegs from the performances in Germany are in circulation. The song did not appear on the UK/German release of Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 (1977), the two-disc, low fidelity recording of the Beatles' performance there. For the US release, four tracks were deleted (presumably for legal purposes), and substitutions were made. Where Have You Been All My Life? was one of the substitutions. It lasts for just one minute and fifty-five seconds.
This song was written by lyricist Barry Mann, with music by his wife, Cynthia Weil. They were most famous for Who Put the Bomp? and wrote another 634 songs, many of them well-known in pop music circles. (Cynthia Weil's famous melody, You've Lost That Loving Feeling (written with lyrics by Phil Spector) was one of the most often played songs of the twentieth century.) Where Have You Been All My Life? was not among the most memorable products of the Mann-Weil collaboration, and the Beatles stopped performing it after returning to England in 1963.