“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)

“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)

“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)