Twist and Shout – Beatles – 1963

The Beatles’ second most successful single in the U.S. next to “Hey Jude”.

This is a very SIMPLE arrangement – level 2-3 overall. Please have FUN!!!!

About the Song:

Twist and Shout” is a 1961 song written by Phil Medley and Bert Berns (later credited as “Bert Russell”). The song was originally titled “Shake It Up, Baby” and recorded by the Top Notes. It first became a chart hit as a cover single by the Isley Brothers. It was subsequently recorded by the English group the Beatles and released on their first album Please Please Me in 1963.

The Beatles performed it on one of their Ed Sullivan Show appearances in February 1964.

The song enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in 1986 after Matthew Broderick lip-synced to the Beatles’ version of it in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Coincidentally, the Rodney Dangerfield film Back to School (released two days after Ferris) also featured the song, this one sung by Dangerfield himself and patterned after the Beatles’ arrangement.

The song’s seven-week run in the U.S. Top 40 in 1986, combined with its original 17-week run in 1964, makes Twist And Shout the longest-running Top 40 hit for the Beatles, at 23 weeks. Its overall chart longevity, combined with its original four-week run at #2, statistically makes it the Beatles’ second most successful single in the U.S. next to “Hey Jude”.