“Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)/”Hey Jude” by The Beatles (1968)

Believe it or not, I did not listen to very much classic rock radio growing up. My folks pretty much kept the dial on R&B radio (with occasional excursions into reggae and adult contemporary/easy listening) and, left to my own devices, I did the same with a heavy concentration of whatever was on the Top… Read More “Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)/”Hey Jude” by The Beatles (1968)

“Here Comes The Sun” (The Beatles, 1969)/”Here Comes The Sun” (Nina Simone, 1971)

It makes sense to start a new year (and a new decade!) with a song that symbolizes new beginnings. There’s a reassuring feel to “Here Comes The Sun”, almost as if George Harrison was trying to talk himself out of a dark mood. Turns out, George was indeed trying to improve his mood. He was… Read More “Here Comes The Sun” (The Beatles, 1969)/”Here Comes The Sun” (Nina Simone, 1971)

“Help!” by The Beatles (1965)/”Helter Skelter” by The Beatles (1968)

This list only has one song standing in between “Help!” and “Helter Skelter”, so I’m just gonna go ahead and lump the two Beatles songs together. There’s not much I can say about “Help!” that I didn’t say in the “Hello, Goodbye” post. “Help!” was the second of the five Beatles movies and I vaguely… Read More “Help!” by The Beatles (1965)/”Helter Skelter” by The Beatles (1968)

“Hello Goodbye” by The Beatles (1967)

“Hello Goodbye” isn’t one of the Beatles’ more ambitious efforts. It’s a McCartney song about opposites. I mean, if Sesame Street existed back in 1967, it’s not a stretch to think that the Children’s Television Workshop writers could’ve cooked up a similar song. However, its got that tunefulness that’s inherent in just about every Beatles… Read More “Hello Goodbye” by The Beatles (1967)

“Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles (1966)/Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

“Got To Get You Into My Life” was The Beatles’ tribute to soul music. While the song’s Wikipedia page suggests Motown was an influence, the horn-heavy arrangement has more in common with the rougher soul sounds coming from further south. I’m not certain as to whether Wilson Pickett or Otis Redding ever covered this song,… Read More “Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles (1966)/Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

“Don’t Let Me Down” by The Beatles featuring Billy Preston (1969)

There was a point in time when “Don’t Let Me Down” might have been my favorite Beatles song. I was addicted to that 1967-1970 compilation for quite some time after it got remastered/rereleased in early ‘94, played it religiously. “Don’t Let Me Down” has a soulful/bluesy streak that’s not present in a lot of Beatles… Read More “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Beatles featuring Billy Preston (1969)

“A Day In The Life” (The Beatles, 1967) | “Day Tripper” (The Beatles, 1965)

“Day Tripper” is one of those songs that proves how great The Beatles were at making pop singles. Great lyrics, catchy as hell, and that guitar riff is one for the ages. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least three other songs that have repurposed that riff. (”Boogie Fever” by… Read More “A Day In The Life” (The Beatles, 1967) | “Day Tripper” (The Beatles, 1965)