I’ve Just Fallen For Someone

The embryonic Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison on guitars, Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Thomas Moore on drums) went on their first ever tour in May 1960, backing singer Johnny Gentle on a series of Scottish dates. During the tour Gentle played Lennon a new number of his, I’ve Just Fallen For Someone and asked for an opinion. Unimpressed, Lennon replied that it would sound better with a decent middle eight and gave Gentle a spare one from his song book.

This rather lightweight piece of typically inoffensive pre-Beatles pop was first recorded by Adam Faith, a big star of the day as an LP track in early 1961. Gentle himself released the number as a single in the summer of 1962, using his new alias of Darren Young. Interestingly both versions appeared on the Beatles’ future label, Parlophone, and were produced by John Barry, soon to become famous for his James Bond soundtracks.

Neither version gave any credit to Lennon, so the credibility of the story is open to question. Interestingly though, Lennon’s supposed contribution makes a reference to the lyric of Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I Want)”, a staple of The Beatles’ early repertoire.

Adam Faith’s version seems to not to have been released on CD though the “Adam Faith” LP or the EP in the picture can occasionally be found for reasonable prices at auctions.

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The Darren Young version can be found on a sampler CD of early John Barry productions called “The Hits & The Misses” on the Play It Again label.

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Published in: on February 18, 2007 at 5:29 pm  Comments (1)