October 24, 2010

Video: The Beatles - "Act Naturally" - Live

Here The Beatles perform "Act Naturally" live. The song is from their 1965 album Help! (UK version). In the U.S., it was released as the B-side of "Yesterday," and not released on a U.S. album until Yesterday and Today, which was released on June 20, 1966.

"Act Naturally" was written by Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison. It was originally recorded by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, who had a number 1 hit on the Billboard Country Singles chart in 1963. This was Owens' first chart-topper.

In 1989, Ringo Starr and Buck Owens recorded a duet version together. It peaked at #27 and spent 11 weeks on the Billboard country chart in the summer of 1989.

October 14, 2010

Video: The Beatles - "Something"

This is a promo video for George Harrison's excellent contribution to Abbey Road, "Something". The video features Beatle wives Pattie Boyd Harrison, Linda Eastman McCartney, Maureen Cox Starkey, and Yoko Ono Lennon.

In Pattie Boyd's 2007 autobiography, Wonderful Tonight, she claims that Harrison wrote the song for her, writing: "He told me, in a matter-of-fact way, that he had written it for me." In a 1996 interview though, George contradicts this when he said: "Well no, I didn't [write it about her]. I just wrote it, and then somebody put together a video. And what they did was they went out and got some footage of me and Pattie, Paul and Linda, Ringo and Maureen, it was at that time, and John and Yoko and they just made up a little video to go with it. So then, everybody presumed I wrote it about Pattie, but actually, when I wrote it, I was thinking of Ray Charles." So there you go.

Frank Sinatra called "Something" "the greatest love song ever written," and said it "was his all-time favorite Lennon/McCartney song." Although great enough to be written by Lennon and/or McCartney, it was, of course, a George Harrison composition.

September 22, 2010

Video: The Beatles - "Another Girl"

Released in 1965 on the album Help! and included in the film of the same name, this is "Another Girl". This clip from Help! was filmed on Balmoral Island in the Bahamas.

Notice John sitting in on drums for a while, and Paul occasionally "playing a girl" instead of his bass guitar. Oh, and George throwing rocks at an oblivious Ringo.

September 19, 2010

Video: The Beatles - "I'll Get You"

In this video, The Beatles lip-sync to "I'll Get You", the B-side of their 1963 single "She Loves You". John Lennon and Paul McCartney sing in unison for most of the track, with the occasional switch to harmony.

McCartney recalls that he and John wrote the song at Lennon's Menlove Avenue home where he stayed with his Aunt Mimi. This was a rare place for them to write together because of Mimi's disapproval of the Beatles.

August 24, 2010

Video: The Beatles - "Tell Me Why"

"Tell Me Why" appeared on The Beatles' third studio album A Hard Day's Night. The song was mainly written by John Lennon, though it's credited to Lennon/McCartney. The recording of the song took place on February 27, 1964 at Abbey Road Studios.

August 11, 2010

Video: The Beatles - Take Good Care Of My Baby (1962 Decca Audition)

Take Good Care of My Baby was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. The song was made famous when Bobby Vee released his version in 1961.

The version heard here is the Beatles performing the tune during their audition for Decca Records on January 1, 1962. This was before Ringo Starr joined the band, so Pete Best is their drummer during the era. George Harrison performs the lead vocals on this recording.

Notice that the video features some rare early photos of the band.

February 13, 2010

A Guy's Perspective on The Beatles and Their Appeal

Last night I posted a tweet about something that has bugged me for a while, but I have mostly tried to ignore it. The tweet was "It's kind of sad (and/or annoying) that a lot of women/girls seem to like The Beatles for a much different reason than us guys like them for." Then I got off of Twitter for the night, and away from the computer. Today I was surprised by the number of replies. So, I guess I should elaborate on what I meant. Remember, I'm just giving my male perspective on the way I see things. Hopefully there are some other guys who feel the same way.

When I first discovered how great the Beatles were it was because of the music. It surpassed anything before or after, even to this day. It wouldn't have mattered much to me if they all looked like Woody Allen (just for an example) or whatever, I would have still been a big fan. I became a guitarist and songwriter because of the Beatles! Before I even had a guitar, or knew a single note, I bought a huge Beatles songbook that had nearly every song in their catalog. The price of this book wasn't cheap, but I really wanted it. The songbook was all about the MUSIC - no pictures or any thing else. As I learned more about them I found that they had wit and personalities, as well as talent, so that was a bonus.

So, we fast forward many years and there's this thing called the internet. A place where you can find other fans of whatever it is you like. Like most fans, I would search for information and articles about the Beatles, and visit forums, etc. I have never been much of a forum dweller, but I signed up for a few and tried to participate a little bit. After a while it seemed like there were way too many "gushy" posts about how "cute" this Beatle was and how "gorgeous" that one was, and all this creepy stuff. Obviously, these posts were coming from girls/women, and as a guy, I didn't relate to it. Sure, there were posts about the music and other important and interesting stuff, but it wasn't really worth weeding through. Soon, I left those places and never returned.

Now we have Twitter. One good thing about it is you can control what you're exposed to a bit more because of choosing to follow or not follow certain people. But even with that, I still have to weed through the occasional gushy, slobbering stuff. And the same thing with Tumblr and the like. Actually Tumblr is worse because most people, like myself, post photos there. I found it a good place to find and share pictures that are rare and most people haven't seen before. I know, it's your Twitter or Tumblr and you can post what you want, but some of the comments are enough to make a male Beatles fan sick.

Of course, I am not saying all females are over the top with gushiness, I just said "a lot". At least it seems like a lot after a while. If I wanted, I could find some female musicians, actresses or models to get all gushy and slobbery about, but I know most people wouldn't want to hear about it. And I'd probably feel creepy doing it.

So, what am saying with this long rambling post? I'm just trying to say the Beatles were much, much more than their looks, and it's sad (and annoying) when it appears that some forget that and just talk about the physical part. I think the gift itself is much more important than the gift wrapping!

For the most part, guys are fans for different reasons than girls, generally speaking. I know there are different aspects to the Beatles greatness, but if they all "looked like Woody Allen", their female fan base would plummet, while their male fan base probably remain around the same.

I don't know, maybe a lot of the girls should just turn their attention to the Jonas Brothers. They are young and still have their looks, they're all still alive, most are unmarried, and who really cares about the music anyway, huh?

January 14, 2010

Video: Ringo Starr Answers Fan Questions on Jimmy Fallon show

Ringo Starr answers video questions during his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (1/12/10). The videos were submitted by fans on latenightwithjimmyfallon.com.

January 13, 2010

Video: Ringo Starr on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Ringo Starr appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 12, 2010. Here Fallon talks to the legendary Beatles drummer (in 2 parts).