Saturday, December 26, 2009

Beatles News

"Do You Want to Know a Secret"

"Do You Want to Know a Secret" is a song by The Beatles from the 1963 album Please Please Me, sung by George Harrison.

Composition

"Do You Want to Know a Secret" was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (see Lennon/McCartney), inspired by "I'm Wishing," a tune from Walt Disney’s 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which Lennon's mother, Julia Lennon, would sing to him as a child. The first two lines of the song in Disney's movie ("Want to know a secret? Promise not to tell?") come right after the opening lyrics ("You'll never know how much I really love you... You'll never know how much I really care..."). McCartney said it was a "50-50 collaboration written to order," i.e., for Harrison to sing.

Recording

In 1980, Lennon said that he gave "Do You Want to Know a Secret" to Harrison to sing because "it only had three notes and he wasn't the best singer in the world," but added "he has improved a lot since then." Harrison sang two songs on Please Please Me, this song by Lennon and McCartney and "Chains" by Goffin/King. The Beatles did not record a song composed solely by Harrison until "Don't Bother Me" on With the Beatles.

The song was recorded during a 10-hour session on 11 February 1963 along with 9 other songs for Please Please Me.

Single release

"Do You Want to Know a Secret" was a year later released as a single in the United States on 23 March 1964, reaching the number two spot behind another Beatles song, "Can't Buy Me Love" in Billboard, but reaching #1 for two weeks in the chart published by the Teletheatre Research Institute.

Credits

* John Lennon — rhythm guitar, backing vocal
* Paul McCartney — bass guitar, backing vocal
* George Harrison — lead guitar, lead vocal
* Ringo Starr — drums

The Billy J. Kramer version

The Beatles' version was never released as a single in the United Kingdom, where a cover version by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas (released b/w "I'll Be on My Way", Parlophone R5023, 26 April 1963) reached number two in the Record Retailer chart, and hit number one in the NME chart (used by Radio Luxembourg) and the BBC's Pick of the Pops chart, which were more widely recognized at the time.

Album: Please Please Me
Released: 22 March 1963 (mono album), 26 April 1963 (stereo album)
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios, 11 February 1963
Genre: Rock and roll
Length: 1:56
Label: Parlophone
Writer: Lennon/McCartney
Producer: George Martin

Wikipedia

George Harrison's Thoughts on Money

"The Beatles got all the material wealth that we needed, and that was enough to show us that this thing wasn't material. We are all in the physical world, yet what we are striving for isn't physical. We all get so hung up with material things like cars and televisions and houses, yet what they can give you is only there for a little bit and then it's gone."

Friday, December 25, 2009

Beatles News

Sean Lennon

Sean LennonSean Taro Ono Lennon (born 9 October 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Early life and education

Sean Lennon was born in New York City on 9 October 1975 (his father's 35th birthday). Julian Lennon and Kyoko Chan Cox are his half-siblings. After Sean's birth, John became a house husband, doting on his young son until his murder in 1980. Sean was educated at the exclusive private boarding school Institut Le Rosey in Rolle, Switzerland and earlier at New York's private Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Dalton School. He later attended Columbia University, though only for three semesters before dropping out to focus on his music career.

His debut into the music world came at the age of six, reciting a story on his mother's 1981 album Season of Glass. From childhood into his teen years Sean continued to collaborate with his mother, contributing vocals and receiving production credit on her solo albums It's Alright (I See Rainbows), Starpeace and Onobox. At sixteen Sean co-wrote the song "All I Ever Wanted" with Lenny Kravitz for his 1991 album Mama Said. By 1995 Sean had formed the band IMA (with Sam Koppelman and Timo Ellis) to play alongside his mother on her album Rising. Sean also made appearances in film, featured in the cast of Michael Jackson's 1988 Moonwalker and portraying a teenager experiencing visions of various MC Escher paintings in Sony's 1990 promotional short-film Infinite Escher.

Cibo Matto and Into The Sun

In 1996 Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto were invited by Ono to remix the song "Talking To The Universe" for a Rising remix EP Rising Mixes. They met Sean and invited him to join them on tour as a bass player. This eventually led to Sean contributing to their side-project Butter 08 and to his becoming a member of the group. He continued to play with them on tour, joining them on television and providing bass guitar and vocals on their EP, Super Relax. Through his association with Cibo Matto, Lennon was approached by Adam Yauch (of the Beastie Boys), who expressed an interest in his music and persuaded him to sign a record contract with Grand Royal Records. Regarding Grand Royal, Lennon has said:

I think I found the only label on the planet who doesn't care who my parents are and what my name is. It's a good feeling to know that I wouldn't have gotten the offer if they wouldn't have liked my songs. That's pretty rare in the music business!.

Lennon's solo d├ębut Into the Sun, was released in 1998. A music video for "Home", a single from the album, was directed by Spike Jonze and enjoyed extended airplay on MTV. The album was produced by fellow Cibo Matto member Yuka Honda, who Lennon claimed was his inspiration for the album. They struck up a personal relationship as well as a creative one.

He would go on to tour (often backed by Cibo Matto) supporting Into The Sun. During this period he would appear on radio programs such as The Howard Stern Show and KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. He would later recall promoting the album as a bitter experience due to the media focus on his family rather than his own music. In 1999, Sean's EP Half Horse, Half Musician was released featuring new tracks such as "Heart & Lung" and "Happiness" as well as remixes of songs from Into The Sun. Along with Half Horse Half Musician 1999 saw the release of Cibo Matto's second album Stereo Type A. Sean stepped out of his traditional role as the group's bass player, this time playing a much wider range of instruments (such as drums, guitars and synthesizers). Despite being well received Stereo Type A was to be the final Cibo Matto album and the group disbanded.

In 2000 Lennon briefly entered the world of hip hop, contributing vocals to Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Handsome Boy Modeling School and Jurassic 5. In 2001 on national television, Sean performed Beatles classics "This Boy", "Across The Universe" and "Julia" alongside Robert Schwartzman, Rufus Wainwright and Moby for Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music. In the following years Sean faded out of the spotlight. However he collaborated with various bands and artists as a session musician and producer.

Return and Friendly Fire

After the demise of Grand Royal Records in 2001, Sean signed with Capitol Records (whose parent company EMI has released the vast majority of his father's musical output, group and solo), yet no solo material surfaced until February 2006, when "Dead Meat" was released as the first single from his new album, Friendly Fire. A promotional trailer for the CD/DVD package of Friendly Fire was leaked online in early 2006. The trailer featured scenes from the film version of the album, a DVD of music videos comprised into a film. The videos were actually screen tests for Coin Locker Babies, another project on which Lennon is working which became a cinematic counterpart to his new album. The theme of the album is based around love and betrayal and was dedicated to the death of a close friend of his. Friendly Fire was released in October 2006. The night the album was released, Lennon made his first major television appearance in five years, performing "Dead Meat" live on the Late Show with David Letterman. Lennon has since appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Sharon Osbourne Show. When questioned about the eight year gap between solo albums in interviews Lennon expressed that he didn't feel like a solo artist during those years and that he wanted to experience music anonymously without the spotlight on him. Since the release of Friendly Fire, Lennon has been touring extensively around the world and while in France remixed his song "Parachute" in collaboration with French artist -M-. The remix is entitled "L'├ęclipse" and was featured as a bonus track on the French release of Friendly Fire.

Although again establishing himself as a solo artist, Lennon has continued his work as a session musician and producer, lending his talent to the likes of Dopo Yume, Albert Hammond, Jr. (of The Strokes) and model/singer Irina Lazareanu. In October 2007 Sean joined Mark Ronson in the BBC Electric Proms where he sang "Sail on, Sailor", as well as "We Can Work It Out" alongside Daniel Merriweather, and Tawiah. Along with girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Sean premiered the side-project "The Ghost Of A Saber Toothed Tiger" during a live performance at Radio City on Valentines Day, 2008. The duo host their music on MySpace and perform under the aliases of Amatla and Zargifon. Expanding on his musical output even further Sean has stepped into the world of film scores with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead. With the release of new material and subsequent touring Sean launched a website featuring music, videos and a forum for his fans. Various members of the forum have even created a fan-made cover album tentitled Truth Mask Replica. In a YouTube video released for his website (January 2008) Lennon has stated that he is working on a new solo album as well.

Musical influence

Lennon has said that Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys are major influences in his music and he interviewed Wilson on a limited edition CD entitled Words and Music. During the release of Into The Sun, Sean often talked about his admiration for the Brazilian band Os Mutantes. While in Brazil, Sean performed live with Arnaldo Baptista (bass guitar player and vocalist of Os Mutantes) and later designed the artwork for the Os Mutantes album, Tecnicolor (2000). Lennon has stated that The Beastie Boys album Check Your Head was a source of inspiration, with its varied music styles contained in one album.

Discography

Solo

* Into the Sun (1998)
* Half Horse, Half Musician (1999)
* Friendly Fire (2006)

With Cibo Matto

* Super Relax (1997)
* Stereo Type A (1999)

Film scores

* Smile for the Camera (2005)
* Friendly Fire (2006)
* The Stranger[6] (2008)
* Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (2008)
* Tea Fight (2008)

Producer

* Sean Lennon - Half Horse Half Musician (1999)
* Soulfly - Primitive (2000)
* Valentine Original Soundtrack (2001)
* Esthero - Wikked Lil' Grrrls (2005)
* Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire (2006)
* Irina Lazareanu - Some Place Along the Way (2007)

Other contributions

* Marianne Faithfull's album, Easy Come, Easy Go (2008) - "Salvation" (originally by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

* Sean co wrote "Son Song" with Max Cavalera on the Soulfly album Primitive.

* Deltron 3030's album, Deltron 3030 (2000) - "Memory Loss"

Filmography

* Moonwalker (1988) - Actor
* Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2, Episode 1 - "When She Was Bad" (1997) - musician, Cibo Matto
* Smile for the Camera (2005) - Original Score, Writer
* Friendly Fire (2006) - Actor, Original Score, Writer
* Coin Locker Babies (2008 in production) - Actor, Writer

Bibliography

* Part Asian, 100% Hapa (2006) - Sean is credited with writing the foreword

Wikipedia

Beatles News

Paul McCartney on "Eleanor Rigby"

"Well that started off with sitting down at the piano and getting the first line of the melody, and playing around with words. I think it was 'Miss Daisy Hawkins' originally; then it was her picking up the rice in a church after a wedding. That's how nearly all our songs start, with the first line just suggesting itself from books or newspapers.

"At first I thought it was a young Miss Daisy Hawkins, a bit like 'Annabel Lee,' but no so sexy; but then I saw I'd said she was picking up the rice in church, so she had to be a cleaner. She had missed the wedding, and she was suddenly lonely. In fact, she had missed it all -- she was the spinster type.



"Jane [Asher] was in a play in Bristol then, and I was walking 'round the streets waiting for her to finish. I didn't really like 'Daisy Hawkins' -- I wanted a name that was more real. The thought just came: 'Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice and lives in a dream' -- so there she was. The next thing was Father Mackenzie. It was going to be Father McCartney, but then I thought that was a bit of a hang-up for my dad, being in this lonely song. So we looked through the phone book. That's the beauty of working at random -- it does come up perfectly, much better than if you try to think it with your intellect.

"Anyway, there was Father Mackenzie, and he was just as I had imagined him, lonely, darning his socks. We weren't sure if the song was going to go on. In the next verse we thought of a bin man, an old feller going through dustbins, but it got too involved -- embarrassing. John and I wondered whether to have Eleanor Rigby and him have a thing going, but we couldn't really see how. When I played it to John we decided to finish it.

"That was the point anyway. She didn't make it, she never made it with anyone. She didn't even look as if she was going to."

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Dizzy Miss Lizzie"

"Dizzy Miss Lizzie" is a song composed and sung by Larry Williams in 1958.

The song has been covered many times, including — most famously — by the Beatles on the 1965 Help! album, though the recording was initially intended for the 1965 American Beatles compilation Beatles VI along with the Larry Williams cover "Bad Boy," recorded by the Beatles on the same day. It features loud, rhythmic instrumentation, along with John Lennon's particularly rousing vocals. The song also appeared in a live solo version by Lennon on the Plastic Ono Band's Live Peace in Toronto 1969.

In the United Kingdom, the Beatles' version first appeared on the album Help!, misspelled "Dizzy Miss Lizzy." In North America, it was included on Beatles VI.

The title is playfully misleading, the actual lyric being, "You make me dizzy, Miss Lizzie."

Beatles credits

* John Lennon- vocals, rhythm guitar
* Paul McCartney- bass, electric piano
* George Harrison- lead guitar
* Ringo Starr- drums, cowbell

Single: by Larry Williams
B-side: "Slow Down"
Released: March 1958
Format: 7" single
Genre: Rock 'n' Roll
Label: Specialty 626 (USA), London HLU 8604 (UK)
Writer(s): Larry Williams

Song by The Beatles
Album: Help!
Released: 6 August 1965
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios, 10 May 1965
Genre: Rock 'n' Roll, Rock
Length: 2:54
Label: Parlophone, Capitol, EMI
Writer: Larry Williams
Producer: George Martin

Wikipedia

Chris Thomas on "Happiness Is a Warm Gun"

"I remember doing the backing track for 'Happiness Is a Warm Gun,' which took a long time. I remember they did over 100 takes of it, all the way through to two or three in the morning. Then they came back the next day and went all the way through again. But that wasn't unusual for them. I think George Martin had found an advertisement in a magazine that said 'Happiness is a warm gun,' because we were talking about it at the time. When the White Album was started, it was just when Robert Kennedy was shot. George Martin mentioned the ad to John, and shortly after the song came along."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Beatles Covers: The Breeders - Happiness Is a Warm Gun

Beatles News

John Lennon's Record Collection: Barrett Strong - Money (That's What I Want)

John Lennon on "Girl"

"This was about a dream girl. When Paul and I wrote lyrics in the old days we used to laugh about it like the Tin Pan Alley people would. And it was only later on that we tried to match the lyrics to the tune. I like this one. It was one of my best."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Dig It"

"Dig It" is a song by The Beatles featured on their album Let It Be. The song is credited to Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey and is one of only a few songs to be credited to all of the Beatles; the others are "Flying" from Magical Mystery Tour, "Suzy Parker" from the Let It Be film, "12-Bar Original" from Anthology 2 and the Beatles' version of "Free as a Bird." This song and the 39-second "Maggie Mae" appear on the Let It Be album, but are not included on the Let It Be... Naked album, instead being replaced with "Don't Let Me Down." Glyn Johns' May 1969 version of the album, then titled Get Back, had a 3:59 excerpt of "Dig It," which was later reduced to the much shorter version in the final album.

Recording

Several versions were recorded during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, on 24, 26, 27, 28, and 29 January 1969, at Apple Studio. The 49-second version on the album is an extract taken from the 26 January version, which was a 12-minute jam that evolved from a loose "Like a Rolling Stone" jam. A segment of the jam session, clocking in at 4:30, appears in the documentary film Let It Be. The participants in that session are John Lennon on vocals and George Harrison on guitar, Paul McCartney on piano, Ringo Starr on drums, and Billy Preston at the organ; also participating in the jam, but not heard on the released version, was Linda Eastman's six-year-old daughter Heather.

In the early part of the jam, Lennon sings the main lyric with interjections from Harrison, while Heather adds wordless vocals. As the performance winds down, Lennon exhorts the others to continue. Paul adds a baritone backup vocal of "dig it up, dig it up, dig it up" and variations, and Lennon begins to repeat "Like a rolling stone," then goes into the "famous persons" part (mentioning "the FBI," "the CIA," "the BBC," "B.B. King," "Doris Day," and "Matt Busby").

The excerpt on the Let It Be album fades in on Lennon's second "Like a rolling stone" and concludes with Lennon speaking in a falsetto: "That was 'Can You Dig It?' by Georgie Wood, and now we'd like to do 'Hark, The Angels Come.'" The second sentence of that line is cut off in Let It Be's film recording of the jam session. ("Wee Georgie Wood" was a 4'9" music-hall performer and child star.) The interjection actually comes from the first version, recorded on the 24th. This version was much different, described by Beatles bootleg scholars Doug Sulpy and Ray Schweighardt as "sounding like a cross between the traditional 'Sailor's Hornpipe' and a slowed down rendition of Neal Hefti's 'Batman,' as played on slide guitar." An excerpt from this version can be heard on the "Fly on the Wall" bonus disc to Let It Be… Naked.

A live acoustic version appears on John Lennon's 31st Birthday Party bootleg. The bootleg, which is included on the Complete Lost Lennon Tapes, has guest appearances by Phil Spector and Ringo Starr. The song also incorporates "Twist and Shout," "Louie Louie," and a stronger influence of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."

Credits

* John Lennon — lead vocal, 6 string bass
* Paul McCartney — piano, vocal
* George Harrison — guitar, vocal
* Ringo Starr — drums
* Billy Preston — organ
* George Martin — percussion

Album: Let It Be
Released: 8 May 1970
Recorded: Apple Studios, 26 January 1969
Genre: Rock
Length: 0:49
Label: Apple, EMI
Writer: Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey
Producer: George Martin

Wikipedia

Beatles News

Chris Thomas on "Birthday"

"I said to Paul one Monday, after things had been going quite well, 'The Girl Can't Help It is on TV Wednesday night and I've never seen it.' He said, 'Really? Oh, great. Maybe we should go and see it. We can all go around to my place and watch it.' He came that Wednesday for the song, which was actually 'Birthday.' Everybody rolled up at about 5:00 p.m. I think we got the backing track down by about half past eight, when it was time to whiz around to watch the film. We watched the film, came back, did the vocal on 'Birthday,' and finished it off. We did the whole thing in 12 hours, plus watching the telly."

"Boys" Lyrics

by Luther Dixon and Wes Farrell

As Released by the Shirelles (1960)

I been told when a boy kiss a girl
She takes a trip around the world
Yeah-yeah
Hey-hey
Hey-hey
Hey!
Please say you do

Mama says, when you kiss my lips
I'll get a thrill through my fingertips
Yeah-yeah (Shot-shoo-bop, shot-shot-shoo-bop)
Hey-hey (Shot-shoo-bop, shot-shot-shoo-bop)
Hey-hey (Shot-shoo-bop, shot-shot-shoo-bop)
Hey! (Shot-shoo-bop, shot-shot-shoo-bop)
Please say you do (Shot-shoo-bop, bop)

Well, I'm talkin' 'bout boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Don't ya know I mean boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Well, I'm talkin' 'bout boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Don't ya know I mean boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Well, I'm talkin' 'bout boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Hey, what a bundle of joy!
(Yeah-yeah, boys)

Well, I'm talkin' 'bout boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Don't ya know I mean boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Well, I'm talkin' 'bout boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Don't ya know I mean boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Well, I'm talkin' 'bout boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Hey, what a bundle of joy!
(Yeah-yeah, boys)

Boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Ya know I'm talkin' 'bout boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Well, boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Well, I'm talkin' 'bout boys
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Well, I'm talkin' 'bout boys,
(Yeah-yeah, boys)
Yeah, what a bundle...



As Released by the Beatles (1963)

I been told when a boy kiss a girl,
Take a trip around the world,
Hey, hey, (bop shuop, m'bop bop shuop)
Hey, hey, (bop shuop, m'bop bop shuop)
Hey, hey, (bop shuop) yeah, she say ya do. (Bop shuop)

My girl says when I kiss her lips,
Gets a thrill through her fingertips,
Hey, hey, (bop shuop, m'bop bop shuop)
Hey, hey, (bop shuop, m'bop bop shuop)
Hey, hey, (bop shuop) yeah, she say ya do. (Bop shuop)

Well, I talk about boys,
Don't ya know I need boys,
Well, I talk about boys, now,
Aaahhh, boys,
Well, I talk about boys, now,
What a bundle of joy! (Alright, George!)

My girl says when I kiss her lips,
Gets a thrill through her fingertips,
Hey, hey, (bop shuop, m'bop bop shuop)
Hey, hey, (bop shuop, m'bop bop shuop)
Hey, hey, (bop shuop) yeah, she say ya do. (Bop shuop)

Well, I talk about boys,
Don't ya know I need boys,
Well, I talk about boys, now,
Aaahhh, boys,
Well, I talk about boys, now,
What a bundle of joy!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Beatles News

Pictures of Pattie Boyd

"Chains" Lyrics

by Gerry Goffin and Carole King

As Released by the Cookies (1962)

Chains, my baby's got me locked up in chains
And they ain't the kind that you can see-ee-ee-ee
Whoa, oh, it's chains of lo-o-ove
Got a hold on me, yeah

Chains, well, I can't break away from these chains
I can't run around 'cause I'm not free-ee-ee-ee
Whoa, oh, these chains of lo-o-ove
Won't let me be, yeah

Now, believe me when I tell you "I think you're fine"
I'd like to love you but, darling, I'm imprisoned by these

Chains, my baby's got me locked up in chains
And they ain't the kind that you can see-ee-ee-ee
Whoa, oh, it's chains of lo-o-ove
Got a hold on me, yeah

I wanna tell you, pretty baby, "your lips look sweet"
I'd like to kiss them but I can't break away from all of these

Chains, my baby's got me locked up in chains
And they ain't the kind that you can see-ee-ee-ee
Whoa, oh, it's chains of lo-o-ove
Got a hold on me, yeah

Chains, chains of lo-o-o-ove
Chains of lo-o-o-ove

As Released by the Beatles (1963)

Chains, my baby's got me locked up in chains
And they ain't the kind that you can see
Whoa, oh, these chains of love got a hold on me, yeah

Chains, well I can't break away from these chains
Can't run around, 'cause I'm not free
Whoa, oh, these chains of love won't let me be, yeah

I wanna tell you, pretty baby
I think you're fine
I'd like to love you
But darlin', I'm imprisoned by these chains

My baby's got me locked up in chains
And they ain't the kind that you can see
Oh, oh, these chains of love got a hold on me

Please believe me when I tell you
Your lips are sweet
I'd like to kiss them
But I can't break away from all of these chains

My baby's got me locked up in chains
And they ain't the kind that you can see
Whoa, oh, these chains of love got a hold on me, yeah

Chains, chains of love
Chains of love
Chains of love

John Lennon on "In My Life"

"I wrote that in Kenwood. I used to write upstairs where I had about ten Brunell tape recorders all linked up. I still have them. I'd mastered them over the period of a year or two -- I could never make a rock and roll record but I could make some far out stuff on it. I wrote it upstairs, that was one where I wrote the lyrics first and then sang it. That was usually the case with things like 'In My Life' and 'Universe' and some of the ones that stand out a bit."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Dig a Pony"

"Dig a Pony" is a song by The Beatles, originally released on their 1970 album Let It Be, and later re-released on Let It Be... Naked in 2003. "Dig a Pony" was the second to last song played on the concert on the rooftop of Apple Studios in Savile Row, London on January 30, 1969.

Composition

John Lennon was the song's composer and singer but the song was credited to Lennon/McCartney. Lennon would later comment that he thought the song was "a piece of garbage," though he has shown similar scorn for many of his songs. It was written for his soon-to-be wife Yoko Ono, and featured a multitude of strange, seemingly nonsense phrases which were strung together, culminating in the chorus "All I want is you," aimed at Yoko.

Recording

The song was one of the songs on the Let It Be album that was recorded at the famous Rooftop Concert. It begins with a false start, with Ringo Starr yelling "hold it!" to halt the other band members because he was holding a cigarette and had only one drum stick in his hand. On the Anthology 3 version of this song, the first verse and the end of the song start off with Paul McCartney singing "All I want is..."

Credits

* John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar
* Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass
* George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitar
* Ringo Starr – drums

Cover versions

The American funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers covered this song as an introduction to "I Could Die For You" while touring to support their 2002 album "By the Way." Yellow Matter Custard also covered the song in their 2003 tour. St. Vincent covered this song for a Black Cab Session in October 2007, as well as several times throughout her 2007 tour. It has also been covered by Laibach on their album Let It Be, which is a complete re-working of the Beatles album Let It Be. Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio frequently covered the song on his 2005 tour with his band, 70 Volt Parade. Finally, American bassist Chris Lightcap recorded an instrumental version of the song in 2002 on his album Bigmouth.

Album: Let It Be
Released: 8 May 1970
Recorded: 30 January 1969 (rooftop concert)
Genre: Rock
Length: 3:52
Label: Apple, EMI
Writer: Lennon/McCartney
Producer: George Martin

Wikipedia

Julian Lennon

John Charles Julian Lennon (born 8 April 1963), known universally as Julian Lennon, and by some fans as Jude, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and first son of Beatle John Lennon and the only child of Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon. His godfather was Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. His father's nickname for him was "JCJ," and he was named after John Lennon's late mother, Julia. He has a half-brother, Sean Lennon. Julian is said to be the inspiration for the songs Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Hey Jude.

Early childhood

Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. For a brief time John Lennon concealed the fact he was married and had a child, in keeping with the conventional wisdom of the era that female teenage fans would not be as enamoured of married male pop stars. However, when the British media discovered that Lennon was a married father, it did not affect his popularity with fans.

Julian Lennon attended the set of The Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour, and made his musical debut at age 11 on his father's album Walls and Bridges playing drums on "Ya-Ya".

Julian Lennon's parents divorced when he was five. He had almost no contact with his father after the divorce, and only began to rebuild a relationship with him in the late 1970s, at the instigation of Lennon's then girlfriend May Pang. His father's murder in 1980 (when Julian was 17) came just when the two were beginning to grow closer. He and his half-brother Sean Lennon (John's child with Yoko Ono) have a renewed relationship, spending time together on Sean's tour in 2007.

As a child, Julian directly inspired the title of one of his father's most famous songs, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", whose lyrics describe a picture Julian drew, a watercolour painting of a girl (a classmate named Lucy) surrounded by stars. Later, Paul McCartney wrote "Hey Jude" as a way of consoling him because of his parents' divorce. "Hey Jude" was meant to be "Hey Jules", but McCartney changed the name because he thought "Jude" was an easier name to sing.

Julian said of his father, "I've never really wanted to know the truth about how dad was with me. There was some very negative stuff talked about me ... like when he said I'd come out of a whiskey bottle on a Saturday night. Stuff like that. You think, where's the love in that? Paul and I used to hang about quite a bit ... more than Dad and I did. We had a great friendship going and there seems to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are pictures of me and my dad."

Career

Julian Lennon has had an inconsistent career as a musical artist. He enjoyed immediate success with his debut 1984 album Valotte with two top-10 singles in "Too Late for Goodbyes" and "Valotte." His second album, 1986's The Secret Value of Daydreaming was panned by critics, but reached #32 on the Billboard 200, and produced the single "Stick Around", which was his first #1 single on the U.S. Album Rock Tracks chart. Lennon never reached the same level of success in the U.S. post-Valotte, but he hit #5 in Australia with the 1989 single "Now You're In Heaven", which also gave him his second #1 hit on the Album Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. Two years later, "Saltwater" reached #6 in the UK and topped the Australian singles charts for four weeks. After 1991, Lennon left the music business for several years. He took interests in cooking, sailing, and sculpting during his leave from the music industry.

Lennon's debut album Valotte was produced by Phil Ramone, who also produced albums for artist Billy Joel. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1985, and produced two top ten hits, the title track "Valotte", and "Too Late For Goodbyes". Lennon promoted Valotte with music videos for the two hits made by legendary movie director Sam Peckinpah and producer Martin Lewis. Lennon's first-ever tour in the spring of 1985 was documented as part of the film Stand By Me: A Portrait Of Julian Lennon — a film profile started by Peckinpah but directed by producer Martin Lewis after Peckinpah's death. The song "Valotte" has remained a staple on adult contemporary radio stations since its release.

McCartney and his late wife Linda visited him in 1974 to take photographs of him for John Lennon. When Julian released Valotte, Paul sent him a telegram wishing him good luck. In 1984, the two met up backstage at the New York studios of the TV show Friday Night Videos. In 1991, George Harrison and Dennis Tarczynski played on Lennon's album Help Yourself but were not directly credited. He also recorded the song "Because", which was made famous by The Dave Clark Five, in England for Clark's 1986 musical, Time (The single is out-of-print).

After he began his performing career there was occasionally unfounded media speculation that Lennon would undertake performances with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. However, in the Beatles Anthology series in 1996, the three surviving Beatles confirmed that there was never an idea of using Julian Lennon as part of a Beatles reunion, with McCartney saying "why would we want to subject him to all of this?" Lennon has been seen in several films including The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996, but shot in 1968), Cannes Man (1996), Imagine: John Lennon (1988), Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) and had a cameo in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) as a bartender. Julian provided the voice for the title role in the animated David Copperfield (1993).

In 2002, Lennon recorded a version of the Beatles' classic "When I'm Sixty-Four," a song from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band primarily written and sung by McCartney (although as was customary on all Beatles compositions of either author, John Lennon was credited as co-writer), for an Allstate Insurance commercial. Lennon's performance of the song was reminiscent of McCartney's vaudevillian delivery on the original.

Julian Lennon is also the producer of the documentary called WhaleDreamers about an aboriginal tribe and its special relationship to the whales. It also touches on many environmental issues. This film has received many awards and was shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

He has also ventured into Internet businesses including MyStore.com with Bebo founder Michael Birch.

His 6th album, Everything Changes, is complete and will be released in 2009.

Discography

Albums

* Valotte (1984) # 20 U.K, #17 U.S.Platinum
* The Secret Value of Daydreaming (1986) #32 U.S.Gold
* Mr. Jordan (1989) #87 U.S.
* Help Yourself (1991)
* Photograph Smile (1998) #70 Japan
* VH-1 Behind the Music - Julian Lennon (2001)
* Everything Changes - Release Date TBD (2009) - Go to Julian's MySpace profile for details.

Singles

Year Title Chart positions


Album


US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1984 "Valotte" #9 - #6 #55 Valotte
1985 "Too Late For Goodbyes" #5 - #11 #6 Valotte
1985 "Say You're Wrong" #21 - #18 #75 Valotte
1985 "Because" - - - #40 Dave Clark's Time Soundtrack
1985 "Jesse" #54 - #24 - Valotte
1986 "Stick Around" #32 - #1 #86 The Secret Value Of Daydreaming
1989 "Now You're in Heaven" #93 #27 #1 #59 Mr. Jordan
1991 "Saltwater" - - - #6 Help Yourself
1991 "Help Yourself" - - - #53 Help Yourself
1992 "Get A Life" - - - #56 Help Yourself
1995 "Cole's Song" - - - - Mr. Holland's Opus Soundtrack
1998 "Day After Day" - - - #66 Photograph Smile
1998 "I Don't Wanna Know" - - -
Photograph Smile

Other releases

* Dave Clark's Time: Original Soundtrack (1986)

Films

Producer:

* WhaleDreamers (2008)

Wikipedia



"Anna (Go to Him)" Lyrics

by Arthur Alexander

As Released by Arthur Alexander (1962)

Anna
You come and ask me, girl
To set you free, girl
You say he loves you more than me
Well, I will set you free
Go with him (Anna)
Go with him (Anna)

But Anna
Girl, before you go now
I want you to know now
I still love you so
But if he loves you more
Go with him

All of my life
I've been searchin' for a girl
To love me like I love you
Oh, now
But every girl I've ever had
Breaks my heart and leaves me sad
What am I, what am I supposed to do?

Oh

Anna
Just one more thing, girl
Give back my ring to me
And darlin' you'll be free
To go with him

All of my life
I've been searchin' for a girl, now
To love me like I love you
Oh, but let me tell ya, now
Every girl I've ever had
Breaks my heart and leaves me sad
What am I, what am I supposed to do?

Oh

Anna
Just one more thing, girl
You give back my ring to me
And darlin' you'll be free
To go with him (Anna)

Go with a-him, Anna (Anna)

Go with him (Anna)
A-you can go with him girl



As Released by the Beatles (1963)

Anna
You come and ask me, girl
To set you free, girl
You say he loves you more than me
So I will set you free
Go with him (Anna)
Go with him (Anna)

Anna
Girl, before you go now
I want you to know now
That I still love you so
But if he loves you more
Go with him

All of my life
I've been searchin' for a girl
To love me like I love you
Oh, now
But every girl I've ever had
Breaks my heart and leaves me sad
What am I, what am I supposed to do

Oh

Anna
Just one more thing, girl
You give back your ring to me
And I will set you free
Go with him

All of my life
I've been searchin' for a girl
To love me like I love you
But let me tell you now
But every girl I've ever had
Breaks my heart and leaves me sad
What am I, what am I supposed to do

Oh

Anna
Just one more thing, girl
You give back your ring to me
And I will set you free
Go with him (Anna)
Go with him (Anna)
You can go with him, girl (Anna)
Go with him

Beatles News

George Harrison's Thoughts on God

"We've all got the same goal whether we realise it or not. We're all striving for something which is called God. For a reunion, complete. Everybody has realised at some time or other that no matter how happy they are, there's still always the unhappiness that comes with it.

"Everyone is a potential Jesus Christ, really. We are all trying to get to where Jesus Christ got. And we're going to be on this world until we get there. We're all different people and we are all doing different things in life, but that doesn't matter because the whole point of life is to harmonise with everything, every aspect in creation. That means down to not killing the flies, eating the meat, killing people or chopping the trees down.

". . . Everybody is potentially divine. It's just a matter of self-realisation before it will all happen. The hippies are a good idea--love, flowers and that is great--but when you see the other half of it, it's like anything. I love all these people too, those who are honest and trying to find a bit of truth and to straighten out the untruths. I'm with them one hundred percent but when I see the bad side of it, I'm not so happy."