SONGS OF THE ’60S $400: The Beatles’ 8th No. 1 hit, it begins “I think I’m gonna be sad”
MUSIC $600: 42 members of the London Symphony are heard in “A Day In The Life” on this Beatles album
“LONG” SONGS $100: Phil Spector overdubbed this last number-one Beatles hit
Did the Beatles appear in Albany movie theaters BEFORE “A Hard Day’s Night”? Yes, they did…
And that concert film, also starring the Beach Boys and Lesley Gore, will be shown again in Los Angeles on February 11, 2011.
The rules of engagement
113 Long Tall Sally from EP release (UK), Beatles’ Second Album (US). McCartney doing his best Little Richard impression.
112 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The trouble with the segued songs is that they don’t feel as complete. I like it well enough.
111 I Call Your Name from EP release (UK), Beatles’ Second Album (US). This was first released, I believe, by Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, then done pretty much as a throwaway by Lennon, but works for me.
110 Bad Boy from Beatles VI (US). Yet another Larry Williams song, covered by Lennon. How is it that this song was released in the US but not in the UK until a collection of oldies came out after the fact? That’s what ranks this over Dizzy Miss Lizzie.
109 The Ballad of John and Yoko from A-side of the single. The story song by Lennon, banned on some stations for the repeated use of the word “Christ”, and featuring only John and Paul, who played the drums, among other things.
108 Good Day Sunshine from Revolver. The song sounds like a stroll. The daughter has taken to singing the chorus, and I’m not sure she heard the McCartney song from me.
107 Baby, It’s You from Please Please Me (UK), Introducing the Beatles/The Early Beatles (US). The oft-covered Shirelles song by Burt Bacharach, Hal David, and Luther Dixon has a nice Lennon vocal. The BBC version of this song charted in the UK three decades later.
106 All I’ve Got to Do from With the Beatles (UK), Meet the Beatles (US). Like this from the first strummed chord.
105 I’ll Get You from the B-side of She Loves You (UK), The Beatles’ Second Album (US). Nice early Lennon and McCartney.
104 Lovely Rita from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Cheerful McCartney tune which made me rethink meter maids. But my favorite part is the darker outro.
What is “Ticket To Ride”
What is Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
What is “The Long and Winding Road”; re: the latter, the original clue also said, “John and Paul’s original version is not for sale”, but this is no longer true, thanks to the release of Let It Be…Naked.