This is a rocked-up rendition of the traditional Scottish song "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean
," notable as the first release featuring The Beatles, who backed the English singer Tony Sheridan on the track.
Sheridan recorded it with The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany in 1961 at a time when the group was less-than-fab, honing their chops with marathon sets in German clubs. Pete Best was still their drummer (Ringo joined later), and most of their material was cover songs - "My Bonnie" was part of their live repertoire.
Released in Germany in 1961, the single was credited to "Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers." Paul McCartney said in a radio interview on Anthology 1
that it got to #5 on the German Hit Parade.
On January 5, 1962, the single was released in the UK, this time credited to "Tony Sheridan and The Beatles." When The Beatles' career took off, the song was pulled from the pile and re-released to satisfy demand for anything Beatles. By this time, they were much more refined, and "My Bonnie" had little to offer even their biggest fans. Still, it charted in the UK at #48 in December 1963 and went to #26 in the US in March 1964. The original single is a rare collector's item.