Mr. Moonlight – The Moon

Mr. Moonlight – The Moon (Johnson) Beatles For Sale, 1964 “Mr. Moonlight” is a good example of how the Beatles set themselves apart from other rock and roll acts on the club circuit before they made it big, and before they became successful songwriters. While other acts sang what was popular, the Fab Four often…

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Doctor Robert – King of Cups

Doctor Robert – King of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Revolver, 1966 Although the Beatles made oblique references to drug use in some of their previous songs, “Doctor Robert” is their first direct reference to it. When Revolver was released in 1966 the band still had a reputation as lovable moptops among most of their fanbase and the…

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I Need You – 5 of Cups

I Need You – 5 of Cups (Harrison) Help!, 1965 “I Need You” was just the second George Harrison composition recorded by the Beatles, and was featured in their second movie Help!.  The song may have foreshadowed the future of his relationship with future-wife, Patti Boyd. They were soon to be married but years later…

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Don’t Let Me Down – Ace of Cups

Don’t Let Me Down – Ace of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Released as a single, 1969 Available on Past Masters Early in 1969 the Beatles recorded their Get Back project, which would eventually become the Let It Be album and documentary film. At the time John Lennon was falling head-over-heels in love with Yoko Ono, while also…

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Chains – The Devil

Chains – The Devil (Goffin/King) Please Please Me, 1963 “Chains” was the first of two songs sung by George on the Beatles’ debut album, Please Please Me. It was written by legendary songwriting team Goffin and King, and originally recorded by girl-group, The Cookies. Gerry Goffin and Carole King were a married couple who composed…

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Girl – Queen of Wands

Girl – Queen of Wands (Lennon/McCartney) Rubber Soul, 1965 John’s songwriting took a quantum leap forward with Rubber Soul. Along with “Girl”, his songs “In My Life”, “Nowhere Man”, and “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” showed an exceptional new level of sophistication in both musical arrangement and lyrical content. “Girl” is a mature tale…

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