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Paul McCartney discusses Twist and Shout

Paul McCartney discusses the importance to The Beatles of the song Twist and Shout in a new music documentary about the life and career of songwriter Bert Berns. Although an important songwriter and record producer from the sixties, Berns is generally unknown. In the film McCartney admits that The Beatles as well where unaware of the composer of the song:
I must say we didn’t know about Bert, because we  thought the Isley’s had written it. The Isley’s version just blew our minds. 
Video: Isley Brothers

Twist and Shout was one of the band’s favorites to perform and The Beatles continued to play the song live until the end of their August 1965 tour of North America. 
Songs like Twist and Shout made the look of The Beatles as well as the sound. (…) It was a great song to perform. This was a song for us. 
Video: McCartney discussing Twist and Shout

Besides Twist and Shout Bert Berns wrote important hits like Brown Eyed Girl, Here Comes The Night and Piece Of My Heart. He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. In the biographical documentary Bang! The Bert Berns Story his life is brought to the screen through interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney.

Video: Trailer Bang! The Bert Berns Story

Bang! The Bert Berns Story is narrated by Steven Van Zandt and is now available to watch on Apple Music.

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André Homan

André Homan is a Dutch writer and journalist.

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