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“Darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there” January 6, 2014


beatlesDid you know that the Beatles released one single that none of the band played on? It’s kind of obvious when you think about it. The song is “Eleanor Rigby” which was released on the same single as “Yellow Submarine” in 1966. It reached number one in many countries including the UK, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Australia and Austria. The musicians who played on the track were;

On Violin – Tony Gilbert, Sidney Sax, John Sharpe and Juergen Hess.

On Viola – Stephen Shingles and John Underwood

On Cello – Derek Simpson and Norman Jones.

beatles pantoIt makes you wonder how many other bands didn’t play on their big hits. It would be fair to assume that the likes of the Bay City Rollers, Westlife, Boyzone, the majority of X Factor muppets and many others didn’t play on any of their hits wouldn’t it? But then again even Ringo didn’t feature on the Beatles initially released version of “Love Me Do” in 1962. Sid Vicious‘ bass playing featured on hardly any Sex Pistols recordings, most of those were completed by Glen Matlock or Steve Jones. Listening to some bootlegs of the band from late 1977 to the ill-fated US tour of January 1978 suggests that there was a good reason Sid didn’t contribute bass to many songs, he just wasn’t very good at it!

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“For well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool” October 6, 2012


With all the Beatles activity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of “Love Me DoBBC local radio stations polled 12,000 listeners to find out what their favourite Mop Tops song was. Incidentally I also joined those 50th anniversary celebrations with my post, click here to read it. My top ten would be very different. I also think that wheeling out Macca to maul “Hey Jude” at every opportunity this year (Jubilee, Olympics etc.) has really turned me off the song. But strangely that hasn’t been the impact for those who voted as it was their favourite! Here is the top ten;

Hey Jude
Yesterday
Let It Be
All You Need Is Love
Eleanor Rigby.
Here Comes The Sun
The Long And Winding Road
She Loves You
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Strawberry Fields Forever

My favourite Beatles song of all time is “Don’t Let Me Down”, followed closely by “In My Life”, “Revolution” and “Girl”. None of which made this top ten. I would certainly include “Eleanor Rigby”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” as well. What are your favourite songs from the Fab Four? Here are my top 4 followed by the poll winning “Hey Jude”

 

“Someone to love, somebody new, someone to love, someone like you” October 5, 2012


Amazingly it is now 50 years to the day that the Beatles first single was released. “Love Me Do” came out on 5th October 1962 and reached the heady heights of number 17 in the UK charts later that year. It was an US number one when it was eventually released there in 1964. It also finally achieved a higher position in the UK charts on its reissue in 1982 when it peaked at number 4.

The song was mostly a Paul McCartney composition although John Lennon contributed the middle eight. It was most likely written in 1958/ 1959 in one of the notebooks that John and Paul used to write their songs; usually under the heading of ‘Another Lennon-McCartney Original’. Many of the songs the pair wrote in the late 50s were done at Paul’s house and often while they were playing truant from school. (Allegedly at least!)

The first recording of the song in 1962 featured Pete Best on drums. Pete was then infamously replaced by Ringo Starr who played on the next recording of the song. Producer George Martin was unhappy with Ringo’s performance and brought in session drummer Andy White. Ringo was relegated to tambourine for the Andy White session and it is this which makes it easy to distinguish between the Starr and White versions.

“Love Me Do” is one of only two Lennon and McCartney songs that are wholly owned by John Lennon’s estate and paul McCartney; the other is the B Side “P.S. I Love You”. The reason for this is that all later releases were published via Northern Songs. The publishing company has been owned by, ATV, Michael Jackson and Sony at various times.

The song has been covered by many artists including Bobby Vee and Sandie Shaw. It was also played live a few times by David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust tour in 1972/1973. In a strange coincidence the first James Bond film had it’s UK premiere on 5th October 1962.

 

“Someone to love, someone like you” February 6, 2012


Did you know that a member of the Beatles was born in Madras (now known as Chennai) in India? I didn’t until recently. So was it John, Paul, George or Ringo? Given his very spiritual nature I guessed George, but I was wrong. If you guessed John, Paul or Ringo you would also have been wrong. But wait a minute that’s all four moptops covered, how can this be? Holy ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ Batman can this be a trick question?

Well Robin some may say that is true but by the contents of my utility belt (ooooooh Matron!) I say that it is no riddle or joke inspired trick from two of our enemies the Riddler or the Joker. I have checked the records in the Bat Cave and indeed in our Liverpool HQ the Bat Cavern Club. The answer is in fact Pete Best who was the drummer with the group until he was replaced by Ringo on the eve of the band’s world domination August 16th 1962 to be precise. “Love me Do” reached number 17 in the UK charts that year.

Pete was born in November 1941 and arrived in Liverpool with his mother Mona on December 25th 1945 on a ship named the Georgic. Even the ship’s name had a tenuous Beatles link. Pete was not the only UK music star to be born in India. Cliff Richard was also born there in Lucknow on October 14th 1940 just over a year before Mr Best.

 

 
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