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Deep Beatles: “The Hippy Hippy Shake” (Star Club, 1962)

Deep Beatles: “The Hippy Hippy Shake” (Star Club, 1962)

The Beatles never recorded a studio version of “The Hippy Hippy Shake,” instead using the obscure Chan Romero barnburner to rev up early live audiences.

Books: I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of the Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963 by Anthony Robustelli (2014)

While Beatles books continue to flood the market, few focus on specific musical details. Who played what instrument? How did producer George Martin contribute to the group’s sound? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, why do the Beatles’ recordings stand the test of time

Deep Beatles: The Beatles Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962 (1977)

Deep Beatles: The Beatles Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962 (1977)

“The Star Club Tapes”: this very phrase inspires spirited debate among Beatles fans. Are they garbage, or do they serve as an important historical document? Should they be officially released, or has Apple been correct in prohibiting a Beatles-sanctioned Star Club album?

I’m Not the Beatles: The John and Yoko Interviews 1969-1972, by Howard Smith (2014)

There’s a moment during the eight-disc set John & Yoko: I’m Not the Beatles when every Beatles fan will envy Village Voice journalist Howard Smith.

Worst Beatles Song Ever?: ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ (1969)

Worst Beatles Song Ever?: ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ (1969)

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?

Deep Beatles: “Hold Me Tight” from With the Beatles (1963)

Deep Beatles: “Hold Me Tight” from With the Beatles (1963)

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

‘He is definitely alive’: Yoko Ono denies long-held rumor about death of Beatles’ Paul McCartney

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

Deep Beatles: “I Need You,” from Help! (1965)

Deep Beatles: “I Need You,” from Help! (1965)

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.

Toto’s Steve Lukather on his fun new song with Ringo Starr: ‘It’s just me and him’

Toto’s Steve Lukather on his fun new song with Ringo Starr: ‘It’s just me and him’

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.

Books: The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert (2014)