Archive for January, 2011

January 19, 2011

Red Apple

The Beatles’ Let it Be was the final studio album released while the band was still together. Released on Apple records, the record label sported a red apple instead of the standard green Granny Smith that appeared on all prior Apple Records labels. It is said that the red signified that the album was not distributed by Capitol Records in the U.S.

January 17, 2011

Zak Starkey

Ringo Starr and his first wife, Maureen Cox, had a baby boy named Zak Starkey in 1965. Zak grew up following in his father’s footsteps to become a drummer in his own right, eventually drumming with bands Oasis and The Who.

January 12, 2011

Jealous Guy

While studying with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India with The Beatles, John Lennon wrote an acoustic song entitled “Child of Nature.” The song, while written around the time of the White Album sessions, was left unreleased. Lennon revisited the melody and rewrote the lyrics to become “Jealous Guy”, which was eventually included on his hit album Imagine.

You can hear the original “Child of Nature” on YouTube.

January 11, 2011

Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever

The Beatles released a double A-side single with the songs “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” in 1967. The single was the first taste of new Beatles music after the band retired from touring and enjoyed a lengthy hiatus from recording. Both songs were originally recorded during the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band but not included on the album. The single was the first by The Beatles since “Love Me Do” not to hit #1 in the UK charts (it debuted at #2).

January 7, 2011

The Beatles’ song “Wait” was originally written and recording during the making of Help!, but it was not included on the album. While the band was making the follow-up, Rubber Soul, the album was one song short, so rather than recording a new track, they decided to include the leftover song.

January 5, 2011

I Want To Come Home

Paul McCartney released the single “(I Want To) Come Home” in 2009. The song was featured in the film Everybody’s Fine but was not included on the soundtrack. The track was released as a single only via iTunes, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song.

January 4, 2011

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” written by George Harrison and released on The Beatles, features Eric Clapton on lead guitar. Harrison brought his friend in to play guitar in hopes of finally getting his song recognized by the other Beatles. The ploy worked and Clapton was featured on the track, albeit uncredited.