A Taste of Honey (song)
"A Taste of Honey" is a pop standard written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow. It was originally an instrumental track (or recurring theme) written for the 1960 Broadway version of the 1958 British play A Taste of Honey (which was also made into the film of the same name in 1961). Both the original and a later recording by Herb Alpert in 1965 earned the song four Grammy Awards. A vocal version of the song -- first recorded by Billy Dee Williams (and released in 1961 on the Prestige label), and then recorded very successfully by Lenny Welch in the summer of 1962 -- was also recorded by the Beatles for their first album in 1963. Barbra Streisand performed the song as part of her cabaret act during 1962, and recorded it in January 1963 for her debut album The Barbra Streisand Album on Columbia, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year (1963).
|"A Taste of Honey"|
Cover of the 1965 single
|Single by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass|
|from the album Whipped Cream and Other Delights|
|B-side||"Third Man Theme"|
|Studio||A&M Studios, Hollywood, California|
|Songwriter(s)||Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow|
|Producer(s)||Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss|
|Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass singles chronology|
The original recorded versions of the song "A Taste of Honey", "A Taste of Honey (refrain)" and "A Taste of Honey (closing theme)", appeared on Bobby Scott's 1960 album, also titled A Taste of Honey, on Atlantic 1355. The composition won Best Instrumental Theme at the Grammy Awards of 1963.
- Martin Denny and the Victor Feldman Quartet each scored minor hits in 1962 with their covers.
- Acker Bilk released a version in the UK in January 1963, reaching number 16 in the UK Singles Chart.
- Paul Desmond recorded a version in 1964 on his album Glad to Be Unhappy (album) (RCA LPM 3407)
- Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass recorded the most popular instrumental version of the song with a cover on their 1965 album, Whipped Cream & Other Delights. This recording won four awards including Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1966. The instrumental spent five weeks at number one on the easy listening chart, reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100.
- The Ventures recorded a version in 1966 on their album Where the Action Is.
- Harry James recorded a live version in 1966 on his album Live At The Riverboat (Dot DLP 3728 and DLP 25728)
- James Booker recorded a live version of the song, which was posthumously released in 1993 on the album Spiders On The Keys.
|"A Taste of Honey"|
Cover of the 1964 Germany single
|Song by the Beatles|
|from the album Please Please Me|
|Released||22 March 1963|
|Recorded||11 February 1963|
EMI Studios, London
|Songwriter(s)||Bobby Scott/Ric Marlow|
The Beatles performed Lenny Welch's adaptation, slightly changing the lyrics in the chorus, as part of their repertoire in 1962 and as the instrumental version by Acker Bilk was popular in the United Kingdom at the time, the song was chosen to be recorded for their 1963 debut album, Please Please Me. A version from this time was released in 1977 on the album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962.
In the US, this song first appeared on the VeeJay Records album Introducing... The Beatles. They also performed "A Taste of Honey" seven times for BBC radio shows, including Here We Go, Side by Side, and Easy Beat. In 1967, McCartney was inspired to compose “Your Mother Should Know” based on a line taken from the screenplay.
- Paul McCartney – lead vocals, bass
- John Lennon – acoustic guitar, backing vocals
- George Harrison – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Ringo Starr – brushed drums
Engineered by Norman Smith
Lenny Welch recorded an early vocal version in the summer of 1962. It was released as a single in September 1962 on the Cadence Records label and included on his 1963 album Since I Fell for You. This version also credits Lee Morris as a writer but it is not known if it was he who provided the lyrics. This credit does not appear on any covers of the song, with only Marlow/Scott credited. Johnny Rivers covered the song on his album "Changes"
In 1964 jazz singer Morgana King released a version which became her signature song.
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Television and film
- The song is used for the theme of the UK comedy series Hardware.
- The cover version of Herb Alpert is used to ID "Tutto il calcio minuto per minuto" (All the football minute by minute), an historical live commentary on sports events broadcast by the Italian radio RAI since the 1960s. The tune has begun to be used since the 1990s.
- The song is used in the 2000 Australian film The Dish, a partially fictionalised account of the role that the Parkes Observatory played in relaying the live television feed of man's first steps on the moon, during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 19.
- MacDonald, Ian (1998). Revolution in the Head. London: Pimlico. p. 231. ISBN 0-7126-6697-4.
- "The Beatles Bible: A Taste Of Honey". Retrieved August 16, 2009.
- A Taste Of Honey | The Beatles Bible
- Holden, Stephen (September 2, 1985). "JAZZ: MORGANA KING". The New York Times. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
- The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996