Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010

Ding Dong, Ding Dong

“Ding Dong, Ding Dong” is a New Year’s-themed song released on the album Dark Horse and as a single by George Harrison in 1974. The lyrics were taken largely from engravings that George had seen carved on the walls of his Friar Park Mansion.

Click here to watch the video. Happy New Year!

December 29, 2010

A Collection of Beatles Oldies

In 1966, EMI released a compilation of Beatles tracks known as A Collection of Beatles Oldies, the first Beatles best-of album released in the UK. The album collected tracks from previous albums and singles released between 1963 and 1966. The collection was the first in the UK to include the song “Bad Boy.”

December 29, 2010

Kennedy Center Honors

Paul McCartney was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for his contribution to the performing arts in America. Other nominees alongside McCartney included Merle Haggard and Oprah Winfrey. The ceremony was televised on CBS on December 29, 2010 and a portion can be seen here.

December 28, 2010

Cold Turkey

John Lennon wrote “Cold Turkey” when attempting to kick his then-current addiction to heroin. The song was presented to The Beatles as a potential new single during the Abbey Road sessions. It was rejected and subsequently released by Lennon and his Plastic Ono Band as a single in 1969.

December 28, 2010

Christmas Time is Here Again

The Beatles released a special Christmas disc to members of The Beatles Fan Club every year from 1963 to 1969, which featured short skits, Christmas carols, songs and jokes. One memorable song was “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” from the 1967 disc, which was also used as the b-side to The Beatles’ new single “Free As a Bird”, released from the Anthology series in 1995. Additionally, all seven recordings were released as part of a compilation in 1970, again to Fan Club members only.

December 16, 2010

Isn’t It A Pity

“Isn’t It A Pity” is a song written and recorded by George Harrison, released on his first solo album All Things Must Pass and as the b-side of his hit single “My Sweet Lord.” The song was written while Harrison was breaking up from The Beatles and addresses the hardships and the heartbreak of the band’s much-publicized split.

December 14, 2010

Goodnight

The song “Goodnight” was released by The Beatles as the final track on The Beatles (aka The White Album). The song was written by John Lennon as a lullaby for his five-year-old son Julian, and the lead vocal is sung by Ringo Starr. Starr is the only Beatle that appears on the track, accompanied by an orchestra conducted by producer George Martin.

December 12, 2010

Paul McCartney on Jimmy Fallon

Paul McCartney was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on December 9, 2010. McCartney appeared in several segments, including an in-depth interview about his life, The Beatles and the new re-release of Band on the Run. The former  Beatle also played his song “Here Today” as a tribute to John Lennon, and sang with Fallon on a spoof of The Beatles’ classic “Yesterday,” inspired by its original title of “Scrambled Eggs.”

Watch video of the appearance on Spin.com.

December 10, 2010

I Feel Fine

The Beatles released the song “I Feel Fine” as a single in 1964. The song marks one of the earliest examples of the use of feedback on a recording. This effect was achieved accidentally when Lennon rested his guitar against an amplifier and the sound was heard.

December 8, 2010

RIP John Lennon

John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980, in front of the entrance of the Dakota building, Lennon’s New York City home. Chapman shot Lennon in the back 4 times as the singer was walking into his apartment.

December 8, 2010 marks the 30th Anniversary of Lennon’s death. RIP John Lennon.