Chains (song)

Chains (song)
Single by The Cookies
Released November 1962
Format 7" single
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin/Carole King
Song by The Beatles from the album Please Please Me
Released March 22, 1963
Recorded February 11, 1963
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:23
Label Parlophone
Writer Gerry Goffin/Carole King
Producer George Martin
Please Please Me track listing

"Chains" is a song composed by the Brill Building husband-and-wife songwriting team Gerry Goffin and Carole King and was a major hit for Little Eva’s backing singers, The Cookies (#17 U.S. Pop, #7 R&B),[1] and later covered by The Beatles.


The Beatles' version

The single by the Cookies was a popular cover song for Liverpool bands after its release in November 1962,[2] and was included briefly in The Beatles' live sets.[3] They recorded it on February 11, 1963 for inclusion on their British debut, Please Please Me.[4] Music critic Ian MacDonald criticized The Beatles' performance, writing that it was "slightly out-of-tune" and "lacked spontaneity."[3]


Personnel per MacDonald[3]

The Beatles played the song live on a number of BBC radio shows, including Side by Side, Here We Go and Pop Go the Beatles (though none of these performances were included on the 1994 compilation Live at the BBC).[2]


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "The Cookies >> Biography". allmusic. Retrieved September 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Harry (2000), p. 250.
  3. ^ a b c MacDonald (2005), p. 74.
  4. ^ Lewisohn (1988), p. 26.


  • Harry, Bill (2000). The Beatles Encyclopedia: Revised and Updated. London: Virgin Publishing. ISBN 0-7535-0481-2. 
  • Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books. ISBN 0-517-57066-1. 
  • MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). ISBN 1-844-13828-3. 

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