December 20, 2012
“Get Back” is a Beatles song that ranks as their third biggest single hit in the United States, yet sometimes is over looked in the vast catalogue of music.
It was the only Beatles single to include another artist in the main creits as it states The Beatles with Billy Preston. In addition, it was the first Beatles single to be released in true stereo in the United States.
Released during April of 1969, it would spend five weeks in the number one position on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart in the USA and six weeks on top of the U.K. Singles Chart.
The flip side, “Don’t Let Me Down,” was a primal scream love song to Yoko Ono by John Lennon. It would also receive chart action in the USA, topping out at number 35.
This is one of those singles that has grown on me down through the years and remains one of their best 45 rpm releases.
December 10, 2012
The Beatles were about to be no more. The most popular and influential band in rock history split during early 1970. Their last album, LET IT BE, produced a series of hit singles including the last number one of their active career.
“The Long And Winding Road” was a fitting end to their career. It was a poignant ballad created by Paul McCartney, who was not pleased with the post-production orchestration added by producer Phil Spector. The song has sense been released without Spector’s additions.
Released during early 1970, it became their 20th number one single in the United States topping the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart for two weeks.
It is a song that has grown on me over the years as it has a sad quality to it, which looks back to a time that can never be again.
December 2, 2012
“Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane” was one of the biggest two-sided hits of the Beatles career. Released in early 1967, “Penny Lane” spent one week at number one on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart and “Strawberry Fields Forever” peaked at number eight.
“Penny Lane” was never one of my favorite Beatles songs but “Strawberry Fields Forever” remains near the top of my Beatles list. It was a weird and brilliant piece of psychedelic rock. It was almost as if it had been recorded under water.
The Beatles would produce a number of experiemental tracks but few as good as “Strawberry Fields Foever.” Has it really been 45 years?
August 7, 2012
The Beatles had 30 singles reach the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart in the United States during 1964.
“Slow Down/Matchbox” was a rarity in the Beatles catalogue in that both songs were covers. “Matchbox” was written by Carl Perkins and “Slow Down” by Larry Williams. The Beatles took them in a rock direction with a very dense sound. Both songs were very different from most of their other early material.
The single was released during the late summer of 1964 and did not fare as well as most other Beatles single releases on the Capital Label. It was a double sided hit as “Slow Down” reached number 25 and “Matchbox” peaked at number 17. They remain somewhat forgotten in the huge Beatles catalogue.
July 31, 2012
“Twist And Shout” is one of those classic rock ‘n’ roll songs that has been covered by hundreds and probably thousands of bands. It was a song recorded by The Beatles before they became famous. Issued by the small Tollie label in the United States, it spent four weeks at number two on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart during the spring of 1964.
That was not the end of the story, however, as 24 years later it returned to the American charts. It was a featured song in the popular movie, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF, and was pulled from the soundtrack and released as a single. This time it reached number 23 during its 15 weeks on the charts.
It remains one of the better covers of the old rock song.
July 8, 2012
George Harrison was an exceptional songwriter while he was with The Beatles. His problem was that bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney were two of the best songwriters in music history.
“Something” was issued as a double A-side single with “Come Together” during the early fall of 1969. It was the only Harrison composition to be issued as an A side.
The single reached number one on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart for one week. “Come Together” was named the number one song in the United States and “Something” peaked at number three.
“Something” is now recognized as not only a classic Beatles song but as one of the memorable songs in rock history. It’s beauty is in the simpleness of the music and lyrics. It has been covered by close to 200 artists. Harrison said his favorite version was the one by James Brown.
July 7, 2012
“I Saw Her Standing There” is a song that has grown on me down through the years. It was the B side of the first Beatles hit in the United States. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” topped the American singles charts for seven weeks during early 1964. “I Saw Her Standing There” reached number 14 as it became a hit in its own right.
Propelled by John Lennon’s lead vocal, It was one of the better rock songs of the Beatles early period.
When all was said and done, it remains one of the better listens in their impressive catalogue.