Thank You Girl - Angela Reed

from Please Please Me by The Beatles Complete On Ukulele

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A little gem on the B Side of “From Me To You”. A real Lennon and McCartney song. I’m guessing they are John’s verses and Paul’s chorus and bridge.

It was originally going to be the follow up to Please Please Me until “From Me To You” was written.

“Thank You Girl” is a little love note to the legions of screaming school girls who followed The Beatles every move at that point.

As McCartney explained, "We knew that if we wrote a song called Thank You Girl that a lot of the girls who wrote us fan letters would take it as a genuine thank you. So a lot of our songs were directly addressed to the fans."

In one way it could be thought of as being a bit pandering but in another it is quite touching.

As usual for this period the mono mix is the definitive one. The stereo mix has tons of extraneous overly reversed harmonica swamping everything. Ringo plays the most simple “Mersey Beat”. In fact this could easily have been a Jerry and The Pacemakers song.

The ukulele version is a much more sedate and gentle affair.

Who is Angela Reed singing to? The relationship does sound close but not sexual. A sister? Her mother? A Friend?

Whoever it is she has done a great service and Angela is paying her back in the most graceful way.

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from Please Please Me, released August 7, 2012
Ukulele version # 178 recorded May 2012

Angela Reed - Vocals
Kenny White - Ukulele & Bass

Produced by David Barratt at The Abattoir Of Good Taste

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Every Tuesday from January 20, 2009 until July 31, 2012 The Beatles Complete On Ukulele released a new recording of a Beatles song* featuring a ukulele sung by a different artist.

These albums are a compilation of those recordings.

*we consider a Beatles song to be one of the 185 original compositions released by The Beatles between 1962 and 1970.
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