The BBC version of Crying, Waiting, Hoping
To change, I think again about Twist and Shout
, we talked about before with Hello Goodbye. It's a Rhythm and Blues hit composed in 1961 by Phil Medley and Bert Berns aka Bert Russel. The song was first recorded by The Top Notes (Atlantic A-5359, 08.1961), with Phil Spector as producer. But Bert Russel hates the result. He thought that Spector had ruined the song.
This first version, which the melodic structure reminds mexican bamba, has not really been successful, but it will change in 1962, when Bert Berns offers the song to the Isley Brothers and this time decided to produce it himself. He demonstrate to Spector how he wished that the record sounds. The style changes then clearly, and slowly but surely, we slide towards the Rock!
Result more than convincing : No. 2 on the US R&B charts, and No. 17 on the U.S. pop top 40 charts ! It’s the first Isley Brothers’hit (Wand 124, 16.06.1962). No wonder therefore, that the Beatles had decided to play Twist and Shout