“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)

“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)