On March 5, 1963, the Beatles gathered at Abbey Road to cut a few tracks. One of them was “From Me to You.” John and Paul had written it the previous week... on a tour bus between gigs (as an opening act for teen star Helen Shapiro).
“From Me to You” was released in April as the band’s third single. It was a No. 1 smash in the U.K.
But Beatlemania hadn’t yet struck the United States. “From Me to You” was released here on the black-owned Vee-Jay label. It didn’t do much.
The song was instantly covered by American rocker Del Shannon (“Runaway”). His version didn’t do much either. But this was the first time a U.S. artist recorded a Lennon-McCartney tune.
Click here to hear Del Shannon’s version streaming on my Vox blog. It’s downloadable from eMusic, Amazon and iTunes.