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Sure To Fall (In Love With You)

Written by: Perkins-Claunch-Cantrell
Recorded: 1 June 1963
Producer: Terry Henebery

Released: 30 November 1994 (UK), 5 December 1994 (US)

Paul McCartney: vocals, bass
John Lennon: backing vocals, rhythm guitar
George Harrison: lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums

Available on:
Live At The BBC
On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2

The Beatles recorded Carl Perkins' Sure To Fall (In Love With You) four times for BBC radio, and also during their ill-fated audition for Decca Records.

Carl Perkins recorded Sure To Fall in December 1956 at the Memphis studio owned by Sun Records' Sam Phillips. It was released as a single the following year as the follow-up to Blue Suede Shoes.

Paul McCartney sang the song at the Decca audition, which took place on 1 January 1962. McCartney's voice sounds somewhat shaky on the tape, which is only available on unofficial bootleg recordings.

The Decca audition consisted of songs from The Beatles live repertoire of the time, and while it's safe to presume that The Beatles had been performing it since 1961, it may have been played by The Quarrymen too.

We did all these numbers and we were terrified and nervous. You can hear it on the bootlegs. It starts off terrifying and gradually settles down. We were still together musically. You can hear it's primitive, you know, and it isn't recorded that well, but the power's there. It was the tracks that we were doing onstage in the dance halls.

John Lennon

A slower, more confident arrangement was performed at the BBC Paris Theatre, London, on 1 June 1963. The Beatles played it for the third Pop Go The Beatles radio programme, which was first broadcast on 18 June. This version was included on 1994's Live At The BBC.

The Beatles recorded Sure To Fall three more times for the BBC. The next was on 3 September 1963, at the Aeolian Hall, London. It was for the 15th Pop Go The Beatles show – the last of the series – which was broadcast on 24 September.

On 31 March 1964 they played the song again, this time for the Saturday Club programme. The performance was recorded at the Playhouse Theatre in London, and was first transmitted on 4 April. This version saw a switch into double time during the bridges.

The Beatles' final performance of Sure To Fall was made on 1 May 1964 at the BBC Paris Studio, London. As before, the group played the bridges in double time. The recording was for the From Us To You show, which was first broadcast on 18 May.