JEOPARDY! answers (questions at the end)
MUSIC OF THE ’60s $100: In 1969 “Something” became the only No. 1 hit he composed for the Beatles
HILLS $400: The Beatles’ Rocky Raccoon was raised in them
SWEET 16 $400: Billboard numbers it as the Beatles’ 16th chart album; you can’t tell anything by its cover
MOVIE SONGS $100: In this 1968 Beatles title tune, “Every one of us has all we need, sky of blue and sea of green”
FINISH THE LINE $100: The Beatles: “Yesterday all my troubles seemed…”
FINISH THE LINE $600: The Beatles: “I think I’m gonna be sad…”
CHORUS LINES $800: The Beatles sang, “Hold me, love me, ain’t got nothin’ but love babe” this often
Video: Steve Martin talks in collaboration with Paul McCartney on ABC-TV’s The View: “I’ve got to tell you, having Paul McCartney sing a song that I wrote has to be one of the greatest thrills of his life,” Martin quipped.
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon will do a Japan benefit concert in New York on March 27.
The rules of engagement
33 I’m Down, B-side of Help! single. My friend Fred Hembeck says that this is just McCartney’s remake of Long Tall Sally, and he may very well be right. What hooked me on this song is seeing the ABC-TV broadcast of the live performance of it at Shea Stadium in 1965. So much so that when the compilation album Rock and Roll came out in the early 1970s, I bought the album largely for this one song, which I had never owned. I didn’t buy Beatles 1962-1966 for From Me To You, e.g.
32 You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away from Help! Lennon does Dylan; I love this song. And it would be disingenuous to suggest that I didn’t relate to the sentiments in the lyrics more than once.
31 Don’t Let Me Down, B-side of Get Back (UK), Hey Jude album (US). Lennon does one of the finest B-sides ever. Jaquandor describes it well.
30 Get Back, A-side of a single. Sweet Loretta! The driving beat of this song, along with the jaunty solo on the bridge, made me feel almost as though they were the happy-go-lucky moptops of a few years earlier.
29 I Am the Walrus from Magical Mystery Tour. My daughter claims this is Lennon song is her favorite Beatles recording. Really. I had this friend Ray in junior high who wondered whether “standing in the English rain” was a pun on “English reign”, i.e., a reference to the monarchy.
28 Getting Better from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I LOVE the STRUCTURE of this mostly McCartney song. It’s verse and chorus, but the chorus gets increasingly longer each time out. I thought it was incredibly clever writing, and still do. It’s also a song of redemption – “Man, I was mean, but I’m changing my scene.”
27 And I Love Her from A Hard Day’s Night (UK, US), Something New (US). McCartney apparently thought the “And” was important, and I agree. Lovely romanticism.
26 A Day in the Life from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. What I love about this song, which often shows up near the top on the list of the greatest Beatles songs – and it may be – is it’s a real Lennon-McCartney song, even if it’s the different parts. The not-so-good thing is that it, and the album in general, spawned some wretched imitators. (Exhibit A: The totally out-of-context middle section of Susan by the Buckinghams).
25 Back in the U.S.S.R. from the white album. The first song on the album with fun lyrics and Beach Boys harmonies, written by McCartney. In high school, someone (it might have been me, now that I think on it) wrote:
Back in BCHS, Ain’t you a mess,
Back in BCH, back in BCH, back in BCHS.
Well, those Central girls knock me out,
They leave the North girls behind.
And Central girls make me sing and shout.
That Bulldog’s on my mi-mi-mi-mind.
[Binghamton North was our archrival, and the Bulldog was the school mascot/emblem.]
24 She Loves You, A-side of a single (UK), Beatles’ Second Album (US). No song epitomized Beatlemania like this one. Critics specifically mocked the “Yeah, yeah, yeah” from this Lennon-McCartney song, but of course, it was THE hook. Also, the third-person perspective was very clever.
Black Hills – specifically, “somewhere in the black mining hills of Dakota”> BTW this lyric is often misheard as “black mountain hills of Dakota”
“The White Album”
so far away
I think it’s today
“Eight Days A Week”