Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby - The Beatles

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"Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" - The Beatles (1964)

Often referred to as a “very arrogantly sexy song,” when The Beatles recorded   “Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby” it was representative of the reality of the time they found themselves in in late 1964. They were still performing and recording cover songs of their favorite artists- but maturing  quickly into the new territory of writing their own songs.

With guitar licks as faithful to those in Carl Perkin’s original version of the song,  George performed the track in an echoey manner reminiscent of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel.” It renders The Beatles’ version much more grander and “massive” than the original. 
 
In the Anthology documentary, Ringo commented:

“Songs like Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby we'd played live so often that we only had to get a sound on them and do them.”

George’s double-tracked vocals were heavily processed with the “steed” recording effect to make his voice sound fuller by using a single tape echo and echo delay. It gave the track a 1950s "rocker from outer space" effect.

Says Beatle scholar Alan Pollack:

“The Beatles opt for a thick, muddy sounding instrumental backing that makes Perkins' original look primitive and homespun in comparison. The choice of key and form though match up with the original.”
   
George Harrison was a huge Carl Perkins fan. During The Beatles' first tour of Scotland in 1960, as the backing band for Johnny Gentle, they all decided to adopt pseudonyms. George became briefly known as Carl Harrison, after his idol. Perkins is said to have visted them in the studio when they were recording his songs.
 

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