THE BEATLES Released Their Top Album ‘RUBBER SOUL’ 54 Years Ago Today…

3 December 2019

THE BEATLES released one of their best albums ‘RUBBER SOUL’ on 3 December 1965,
54 years ago. It was their sixth longplayer with almost every track a winner and several standout pieces such as ‘Nowhere Man, ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)‘ (with George Harrison for the first time on sitar), ‘Drive My Car‘ and ‘Girl‘. It was the LP on which The Fab Four assisted by the sonic creativity of producer George Martin started to experiment with all kinds of studio techniques. The record topped both the UK and the US Chart.

AllMusic wrote: “While the Beatles still largely stuck to love songs on ‘Rubber Soul’, the lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds. The group and George Martin were also beginning to expand the conventional instrumental parameters of the rock group…
Full review here. Score: 5/5

Album in full right here…

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THE BEATLES Scored Their 18th No 1 Hit In The US 50 Years Ago With ‘SOMETHING / COME TOGETHER’…

29 November 2019

The Liverpool legends scored their 18th Number One Hit in the US with double A-side single ‘SOMETHING/COME TOGETHER’ on 29 November 1969, yes, that’s 50 years ago today! Both songs came from the ‘Abbey Road’ album. ‘Come Together‘ was the opener
of the LP, written by John Lennon and the magical ballad ‘Something’ was an ode to his then wife Patti Boyd by George Harrison who died today 18 years ago, only 58.

Here are the two pearls…

– SOMETHING –

– COME TOGETHER –

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THE BEATLES Scored No 1 UK Hit With ‘SOMETHING’ 50 Years Ago Today…

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8 November 2019

50 years ago today, on 8 November, THE BEATLES topped the UK Singles
Chart with ‘SOMETHING‘ written by George Harrison (his first A-side) for
his then wife Pattie Boyd.

The B-side was ‘Come Together’. A classic Lennon/McCartney collaboration.
Both songs came from their marvelous Abbey Road album.’ Something
was also a No 1 hit in the US, Australia and several other countries, in the
UK it peaked only at #4. It was covered by a string of artists such as Shirley
Bassey, Nancy Sinatra, Isaac Hayes, King Curtis, Tina Turner, Martha Reeves
and The Vandellas
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Here’s that classic jewel…

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JOE COCKER Topped UK Singles Chart With THE BEATLES Song ‘WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS’ 51 Years Ago…

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6 November 2019

Artist: Joe Cocker
Song: With A Little Help From My Friends
Released: In October 1968 and topped the UK Charts
a few weeks later on 6 November 1968, 51 years ago
Note 1: It was a cover of The Beatles song from their classic
LP ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, sung by Ringo Starr
Note 2: The late Joe Cocker‘s awesome live rendition of the song
at the legendary and infamous Woodstock Festival in 1969 is
one of the unforgettable highlights in rock history

Here’s that timeless Woodstock performance…

And here the recorded version…

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THE BEATLES Released ‘SOMETHING’ As A Single 50 Years Ago Today…

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6 October 2019

50 years ago today, on 6 October 1969, THE BEATLES released ‘SOMETHING
written by George Harrison (his first A-side) for his then wife Pattie Boyd as a single.

The B-side was ‘Come Together’ a classic Lennon/McCartney collaboration. Both songs
came from their excellent Abbey Road album.’Something‘ was a No 1 hit in the US,
Australia
and several other countries, in the UK it peaked only at #4. It was covered
by a string of artists such as Shirley Bassey, Nancy Sinatra, Isaac Hayes, King Curtis,
Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
and many more.

Here’s that timeless diamond…

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THE BEATLES Started Nine-Week Run On Top Spot Of The US Singles Chart 51 Years Ago Today With ‘HEY JUDE’…

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28 September 2019

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Song: Hey Jude / B-side: Revolution
Note 1: Although it was written by Paul McCartney the
song was credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership
Note 2: Macca actually wrote the song to comfort Lennon‘s
son, Julian, after Lennon divorced his mother Cynthia Powell,
to live with his new future wife Yoko Ono
Note 3: The single started a nine-week run on the US singles
chart 51 years ago today, on 28th September 1968

Here we go, na-na-na, na-na-na…

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THE BEATLES Released Their Classic ‘ABBEY ROAD’ Album 50 Years Ago…

25 September 2019

The eternal fab four legends THE BEATLES released their classic ‘ABBEY ROAD’ album
50 years ago, on 26 September 1969. It was their eleventh studio album and one of their best in my book. A near perfect LP showing most of all what The Beatles did so brilliantly well throughout their unmatchable career: writing deliciously irresistible tunes and composing multi-layered, delightful melodies that all sounded ‘simple’ yet tremendously sticky. Add the affecting and gorgeous, individual vocal performances (except for Ringo Starr‘s moaning tone) and what you got was timeless perfect pop(ular) music! Unique band, unique talent, unique songs!

AllMusic wrote: “The last Beatles album to be recorded (although Let It Be was the last to be released), Abbey Road was a fitting swan song for the group, echoing some of the faux-conceptual forms of Sgt. Pepper, but featuring stronger compositions and more rock-oriented ensemble work. The group was still pushing forward in all facets of its art…. George Harrison also blossomed into a major songwriter, contributing the buoyant “Here Comes the Sun” and the supremely melodic ballad “Something”… Whether Abbey Road is the Beatles’ best work is debatable, but it’s certainly the most immaculately produced (with the possible exception of
Sgt. Pepper) and most tightly constructed.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5

Five of the many highlights

– COME TOGETHER –

– SOMETHING –

– HERE COMES THE SUN –

– SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW –

– OH DARLING –

Album in full…

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The iconic photoshoot for the front sleeve…

THE BEATLES Scored Number One Hit In The US With ‘HELP!’ – 54 Years Ago Today …

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11 September 2019

Band: The Beatles 
Song: Help!
Note 1: It was the title track of the soundtrack of the 1965 ‘Help!’ movie
Note 2: The song was a cry for help from John Lennon. After an almost parentless youth, his father left when he was  a kid, at 17 his mother died in a car accident, he drowned in his early twenties in an uncontrollable whirlpool of celebrity with all its irresistible (but not always healthy) temptations. He only  could  scream ‘Help!’ at one point, not that anybody cared as The Beatles, by then, were a giant money machine
Success: The single topped the US Singles chart on 11 September 1965, 54 years ago,
and stayed there for 9 weeks

Here’s Lennon famous cry for help…

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THE BEATLES Topped American Charts With ‘ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE’ 52 Years Ago Today…

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19 August 2019

Band: The Beatles
SongAll You Need Is Love
History: This was a non-album single (although it was later included on the
US version of their ‘Magical Mystery Tour‘ LP) premiered on TV via satellite on
25 June 1967 when the Fab Four played it in the EMI studios, seen by more than
400 million people in 25 countries. The single topped the US Charts on 19 August
1967, 52 years ago today. Many regard this ultimate love song as cheesy. Cheesy?
At the end of the day what most of us keep going is love, not hate and intolerance

All together now…

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