Tomorrow Never Knows – Judgement

Tomorrow Never Knows – Judgement (Lennon/McCartney) Revolver, 1966 The Beatles began recording their seventh album with a new song from John Lennon. The song not only set the record’s tone for fearless creativity without limits, but also went on to change the entire landscape of popular music. “Tomorrow Never Knows”, appearing as the final track…

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I’ll Be Back – 8 of Cups

I’ll Be Back – 8 of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) A Hard Day’s Night, 1964 The Beatles’ first two albums concluded with loud, raucous songs that each served as their record’s grand finale. But for their third album – the soundtrack to the film A Hard Day’s Night – they chose to end things on a more…

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Octopus’s Garden – Page of Cups

Octopus’s Garden – Page of Cups (Starkey) Abbey Road, 1969 “Octopus’s Garden” is a delightfully whimsical children’s song composed and sung by Ringo. It is one of just two songs he wrote for the Beatles and represents the final time he sang lead with the band. The song can be appreciated as a spiritual sequel…

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Anna (Go to Him) – Death

Anna (Go to Him) – Death (Alexander) Please Please Me, 1963 “Anna (Go to Him)” was written and originally recorded by southern soul singer Arthur Alexander. The Beatles were big fans, including three of his songs in their live repertoire from 1962-63. Years later, Paul said, “If the Beatles wanted a sound, it was R&B.…

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Hello, Goodbye – The Sun

Hello, Goodbye – The Sun (Lennon/McCartney) Magical Mystery Tour, 1967 “Hello, Goodbye” was one of the Beatles’ most successful singles, topping the charts all over the world. In the UK, it spent seven consecutive weeks at number one, a feat the band hadn’t attained since “She Loves You” four years before. Despite – or maybe…

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There’s a Place – 3 of Swords

There’s a Place – 3 of Swords (McCartney/Lennon) Please Please Me, 1963 The first verse of the penultimate track off Please Please Me comes with a twist. The singer begins by informing us that there’s a place he can go when he’s feeling down. Considering that most pop songs at the time were about matters…

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