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"Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!"
Song by The Beatles
Album Beatles for Sale
Released 4 December 1964 (mono and stereo)
Recorded 18 October 1964
Abbey Road Studios
Genre Rock
Length 2:38
Label Parlophone
Writer Leiber-Stroller Penniman
Producer George Martin
Beatles for Sale track listing
First on the agenda was a cover of Little Richard's 'Kansas City'/'Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!', recorded at blistering pace in just two takes. But take one was superior by far, so it was labelled 'best' and became another classic one-take Beatles performance. George Martin added a piano contribution though it is barely discernible on record.

—Mark Lewisohn, The Beatles Recording Sessions, p.50, 1988

Everyone's attention then turned to the first full song of the day, a cover medley of 'Kansas City' and 'Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!' From the way Paul was singing — nearly ripping his vocal cords apart — I was surprised that they had decided to do this song first, but after years of performing onstage, his voice was strong and could take the abuse. Notably, all the other Beatles — een Ringo, who hardly ever sang backing vocals — joined in on the chorus, doing the 'hey hey hey' answering part. This medley was an established part of their live show at that point, and they really cut loose on it, playing with confidence and a sheer, innocent joy that was positively infectious. ... It was simply incredible to hear that much energy coming from the group so early in the day; they hadn't even had time to properly warm up. They were locked in, right from the start, and that track is the definitive proof of what a great live band the Beatles were when they were in their prime.

—Geoff Emerick, Beatles recording enginner, Here, There and Everywhere, p.92, 2006

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