John Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” a bluesy retelling of Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Ono, between 2:30 and 9 p.m. on April 14, 1969 — and released it later that May. Was it, in fact, the worst Beatles song ever?
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Some Beatles tracks forged new sonic territory, and others just rocked hard. “Hold Me Tight,” a track off 1963’s With the Beatles, harkens back to their beginnings in Hamburg and Liverpool
Each week, Yoko Ono opens the floor for fan questions of any stripe, from her philosophy on art and outlook on life, to her music career and that of her husband John Lennon — both solo and with the Beatles. This week, she confirmed something that’s long been perculating among conspiracy theorists
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to my last Deep Beatles column on “The Night Before,” this week shines the spotlight on another underrated Help! track: “I Need You,” an early George Harrison composition that still sounds haunting and airy.
Steve Lukather says he gained an even deeper appreciation for Ringo Starr’s easy-going brilliance at the drums while collaborating on a new song for the former Beatles’ upcoming solo album. Impishly titled “You Bring the Party Down,” it’s part of an as-yet unnamed followup to Starr’s Ringo 2012.
Don Felder, the ex-Eagles guitarist, acknowledges a myriad of influences on his sound, from Elvis Presley and B.B. King to Eric Clapton. “Just as important,” he adds, “was the early Beatles stuff” — in particular, Felder says, George Harrison’s approach to the guitar on Meet the Beatles.
Was “The Night Before” the Beatles’ response to the Shirelles’ 1960 hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”? The 1965 Help! track could be seen that way, as it deals with a common topic: what happens the morning after intimacy?
He was in the Beatles and Wings for roughly a decade a piece. But Paul McCartney has been collaborating with his current band for far longer.
The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul is an embarrassment of riches. In addition to its stellar material, it signaled the final days of Beatlemania and a transition into more experimental sounds and sophisticated songwriting.