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"Why" is one of the early songs performed by The Beatles when they were backing Tony Sheridan as The Beat Brothers. In the UK, it is the B-side of the instrumental rock tune "Cry for a Shadow". Originally intended to be the A-side, the record label Polydor chose not to release it (at that time). When The Beatles were gaining popularity by 1964, the record label decided to release it with "Cry for a Shadow" as the A-side and "Why" as its B-side. In the US and Canada, it was released as originally intended, by the North American record label MGM with "Why" as the A-side and "Cry for a Shadow" as the B-side, due to it being an instrumental.


Tony Sheridan – lead vocals
John Lennon – rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney – bass guitar
George Harrison – lead guitar
Pete Best – drums
Karl Hinze – engineer

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