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The Beatles with Tony Sheridan & Guests was an American album featuring "Cry for a Shadow," a track recorded by The Beatles in Hamburg in 1961, with five tracks recorded in Hamburg in 1961 in which The Beatles provided backing music for vocalist Tony Sheridan, some of which had been released in Germany under the name "Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers", because the word "Beatles" sounded too much like "peedles", a rude word in German. The album was supplemented with six previously released recordings by the American session group The Titans. Packaged in an attempt to capitalize on The Beatles' success, the record was only moderately successful, as the album peaked at only #68 on the Billboard album chart. It was released by MGM Records in both mono (catalogue number E-4215) and rechanneled stereo (SE-4215.)

MGM augmented the six Sheridan/Beatles tracks with six instrumental tracks by the Danny Davis and The Titans, a group of New York session musicians built around guitarist Bill Mure. The Titans also included Don Lomond on drums, Dick Hickson on bass trombone, and Milt "the Judge" Hinton on bass. The six Titans tracks had been previously released on the 1961 MGM album, Let's Do the Twist for Adults. (On the original release, the songs "Flying Beat," "Rye Beat," "Summertime Beat," and "Happy New Beat" were originally titled, "Flying Twist," "Rye Twist," "Summertime Twist" and "Happy New Year Twist.")

Track listing[]

Side one

Performances by The Beatles with Tony Sheridan unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "My Bonnie"
  2. "Cry for a Shadow" (instrumental) (performed by The Beatles)
  3. "Johnson Rag" (performed by The Titans)
  4. "Swanee River" (a.k.a. "The Old Folks at Home")
  5. "Flying Beat" (a.k.a. "The Man on the Flying Trapeze") (performed by The Titans)
  6. "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" (performed by The Titans)
Side two

Performances by The Titans unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "The Saints" (performed by The Beatles with Tony Sheridan)
  2. "Rye Beat" (a.k.a. "Comin' Thru the Rye")
  3. "You Are My Sunshine" (performed by The Beatles with Tony Sheridan)
  4. "Summertime Beat" (a.k.a. "In the Good Old Summertime")
  5. "Why" (performed by The Beatles with Tony Sheridan)
  6. "Happy New Year Beat" (a.k.a. "Auld Lang Syne")