Thursday, March 24, 2005

Frank Sinatra’s Rarest Single: A Song Recorded Only For Ringo

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The rarest piece of Beatles memorabilia just may be a song sung by Frank Sinatra for Ringo Starr.

That’s according to former Beatles insider Tony Bramwell, author of a new book, Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With The Beatles (St. Martins Press).

He says Sinatra once recorded a version of his hit, “The Lady Is A Tramp,” featuring lyrics specially written for Ringo and his then-wife, Maureen, by the song’s composer Sammy Cahn.

The recording was the first song pressed by the Beatles’ Apple label but never intended for release. Only one copy was made before the tape was destroyed and it was given to Maureen, who is now dead.

Bramwell doesn’t know the whereabouts of the record but calls it “the record collector’s Holy Grail.”

But that’s not the only Beatles secret: Bramwell says the very first Beatles release was credited to the “Beat Brothers” because German record label execs thought the band’s name sounded too much like “peedles,” a German slang word for the male sex organ.

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