Why (Tony Sheridan song)

"Why" is one of the early songs performed by the Beatles when they were backing Tony Sheridan as the Beat Brothers. In the UK, it is the B-side of the instrumental rock tune "Cry for a Shadow". Although it was originally intended to be the A-side, the record label Polydor chose not to release it (at that time). When the Beatles were gaining popularity by 1964, the record label decided to release it with "Cry for a Shadow" as the A-side and "Why" as its B-side. In the US and Canada, it was released as originally intended, by the North American record label MGM with "Why" as the A-side and "Cry for a Shadow" as the B-side, due to its being an instrumental.

US picture sleeve
Single by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers
B-side"Cry for a Shadow"
Released27 March 1964
Recorded22 June 1961
Songwriter(s)Bill Crompton, Tony Sheridan
Producer(s)Bert Kaempfert

"Why" reached number 88 on the US Billboard Hot 100 the week ending April 18, 1964. It spent only one week on the chart.[1]



  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X