The Silkie

THE SILKIE are best remembered for their hit cover of the Beatles song 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away', which made the U.S. top ten in 1965. The Silkie gave the song a somewhat more pop-folk treatment, complete with male-female harmonies, its prospects were boosted by a Lennon-McCartney production credit. The Beatle connection didn't end there, as they were also managed by Brian Epstein.

The Silkie was a quartet of Hull University students: Mike Ramsden (guitar & vocals), Sylvia Tatler (vocals), Ivor Aylesbury (guitar & vocals) and Kevin Cunningham (bass),

Three of the Beatles were involved in the Silkie's cover version of 'You've Got to Hide Your Love Away'. Paul McCartney contributed vocals and guitar, George Harrison added percussion via guitar taps and tambourine, and John Lennon did most of the producing, although McCartney is sometimes credited as co-producer with Lennon.

As Mike Ramsden later reminisced: 'It was really Paul's arrangement of John's song. The bit at the beginning on guitar is Paul. George Harrison turned up, tapping on the back of the guitar and going "sssh". John was with an engineer in the control room, producing the record. We had six hours with three Beatles and Jane Asher, who was opening the beer. John was so chuffed that he rang Brian Epstein and said, "Listen, Brian, we've just made a No.1". He played the song over the phone and Brian said "Well done"'.

This CD reissue of The Silkie's album also includes their singles as bonus tracks. The accompanying booklet feat



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Track Listing:

1. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
2. Times They Are A-Changin'
3. Mr Tambourine Man
4. Close The Door Gently
5. Dylan's Dream
6. Girl From The North Country
7. Blowin' In The Wind
8. Blood Red River
9. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
10. It Ain't Me Babe
11. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
12. City Winds

Bonus tracks
13. Leave Me To Cry
14. Keys To My Soul
15. Born To Be With You
16. I'm So Sorry


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