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