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John Lennon is one of the most acclaimed lyricists of all time and he said one of The Beatles’ later songs might have his best lyrics. During an interview, he discussed what kind of lyrics really stood out to him. Here’s how the world reacted to this song.
In Jann S. Wenner’s book Lennon Remembers, John is sometimes brutally honest about the Beatles songs he doesn’t like. However, he points to a few key tracks as favorites. While John didn’t enjoy the making of the album Let It Be, he was particularly fond of one of its songs: “Across the Universe.”
“There are many songs I forget like that, that I do like, John told Wenner. “I like ‘Across the Universe,’ too. It’s one of the best lyrics I’ve written. In fact, it could be the best…. It’s good poetry, or whatever you call it. Without tune, it stands. The ones I like are ones that stand as words, without melody. They don’t have to have any melody. It’s a poem, you could read them.”
Paul McCartney’s 18th solo album, “McCartney III” was released in December 2020 to a world in isolation because of a global pandemic.
As we’ve come to expect from the legendary artist during a nearly six-decades-long career, his effort produced relevant, well-crafted, positive Pop playfulness that, at times, recalled his 1960s experimental indulgences.
With one of the most famous musical catalogs in modern music history, he’s no stranger to having his songs covered.
This time, he hand-picked a star-studded cast of contributors to offer their takes for “McCartney III Imagined,” out for listening since April 16. Altogether, these contemporary contributions nurture the originals, creating a vibrant garden from Macca’s framework.
“Find My Way” by McCartney and Beck initiates the style flip. As the credits of this and following songs suggest, the featured artists take aspects of the original, adding their own flair. US rocker Beck’s version adds a heavily funky, warm and electronic tinge to the already heavily textured track about offering someone emotional support in the COVID-19 era.
Source: SEBASTIAN GARCIA Valley Press Staff Writer
Just over half a century ago Paul McCartney announced the breakup of the Beatles, but interest in what many call the greatest band of all time remains high. The 2000 “1” album, a compilation of all of the Beatles number one singles, itself went to No. 1 -- 30 years after the band broke up. Millions of fans, and not just baby boomers, listen to Beatles songs on the online streaming service Spotify every month. There are dozens of books written about the legendary rock band, examining their rise, their influence on the zeitgeist of the '60s, and why they have retained their appeal all these years later. No music act has been the subject of more television documentaries than the Beatles. Given the vast collection of written, filmed, and spoken material, you might think there is nothing left to know about the four working-class lads from Liverpool who became the most famous people in the world. Yet even the most hard-core Beatles fans are still amazed at what they don’t know. Did you know, for example, that there is a World's Beatles Day? It's on June 25. 24/7 Tempo has compiled 50 fascinating facts about the Beatles, culled from various online sources such as music industry sites, media outlets, and reviews about Beatle
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London — A collection of unseen letters, drawings, work permits and photos relating to The Beatles time in Hamburg in 1962 and their relationship with Astrid Kirchherr achieved spectacular results at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sale, Knightsbridge on 5 May.
All of the 17-lot Collection sold, making a total of £383,823 which was double the low estimate. The top lot of the Beatles Hamburg collection, and the sale as a whole, was a group of early documents including John Lennon’s permits relating to his visits to Hamburg which sold for £137,750.
Director of Bonhams’ Entertainment Memorabilia Department, Katherine Schofield said: “The Beatles legacy is a strong as ever and today’s exceptional result proved that. The time they spent in Hamburg shaped them as both musicians and men, so to offer such a personal insight into this period of growth and the relationship they had with Astrid Kirchherr was an honour. Naturally, we are delighted that the collection sold so well and that the sale as a whole achieved a great result.”
Arguably Hamburg rather than Liverpool was the city that made the Beatles. It was here in the north German seaport where the group played more than they ever did at the Cavern Club in their home city. Astrid Kirchherr, a great friend of The Beatles during this time, was a photographer and best known for her stark black-and-white portraits of the Beatles taken in Hamburg before they were famous. She is credited with influencing the group’s style and signature ‘mop-top’ haircuts.
Paul McCartney's songwriting skills and George Harrison's notes on the guitar made for several hits by The Beatles. McCartney and John Lennon took most credits for the band's songs — they had a songwriting partnership with around 180 jointly-credited songs. However, it was Harrison who helped the band discover a new voice with some songs of his own.
There's always enough talk about Lennon and McCartney, as the two were often seen front lining the band during tours and media appearances. But what stays more hidden is the McCartney-Harrison friendship that blossomed right during the early days of the band.
So how exactly did McCartney and Harrison become friends, and how did their friendship evolve as the band rose to fame? What impressions did it leave on the band? These are some of the questions that The Beatles and classic rock fans might be eager to explore, and we have the answers below.
To coincide with The Beatles' first-ever feature film in 1964, A Hard Day's Night, the band released songs from their album of the same name. Included in this album was a song written by John Lennon which he considered to be his first-ever ballad If I Fell. Unfortunately for the Fab Four, they missed out on a UK audience with the single.
If I Fell was written by Lennon in February 1964, just a few months before A Hard Day's Night was released in July 1964.
Speaking to journalist David Sheff in 1980, Lennon later recalled writing the song and how it inspired later songs that followed.
He said: "[If I Fell] is my first attempt to write a ballad proper.
"That was the precursor to [1965 song] In My Life. It has the same chord sequence as In My Life: D and B minor and E minor, those kinds of things."
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