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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Guitarist David Jameson performs the Beatles' "Rain"

4:30 PM Posted by Nicole M

Guitarist David Jameson performs "Rain" as part of Beatles "B-sides" project

Longtime Beatles fan and musician David Jameson is working his way through performing the B-sides of all the Beatles' UK singles. Here is Jameson's recent recording of "Rain," the B-side to 1966's "Paperback Writer" and the 12th song in Jameson's series, now available on YouTube. Check it out below!

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

List of Songs Performed During the "Get Back" Sessions (Pt I)

2:13 PM Posted by Nicole M

Thursday, January 2, 1969

Don’t Let Me Down (15 versions)

‘All Things Must Pass’ (two versions)

Dig A Pony

‘Let It Down’ (Harrison; two versions)

Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry)

A Case Of The Blues (Lennon)

‘Child Of Nature’ (Lennon)


I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)

‘Sun King’ (five versions)

‘Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues’ (Buddy Holly)

Speak To Me (Jackie Lomax)

I’ve Got A Feeling (20 versions)

The Mighty Quinn (Bob Dylan)

Well… Alright (Buddy Holly)

Two Of Us (nine versions)

Everybody Got Song* (Lennon)

The Teacher Was A-Lookin’* (group jam)

We’re Goin’ Home* (group jam)

It’s Good To See The Folks Back Home* (McCartney)

Friday, January 3, 1969

‘The Long And Winding Road

‘Oh! Darling’ (two versions)

‘Maxwell's Silver Hammer’ (11 versions)

Adagio For Strings (Samuel Barber; two versions)

Tea For Two Cha-Cha (Tommy Dorsey; two versions)

Chopsticks (Euphemia Allen)

Torchy, The Battery Boy (McCartney)

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Jerry Lee Lewis)

‘Let It Be’

Taking A Trip To Carolina (Starr; two versions)

Please Mrs Henry (Bob Dylan)

Picasso (Starr)

‘Hey Jude’

‘All Things Must Pass’ (37 versions)

‘Don’t Let Me Down’ (10 versions)

‘Crackin’ Up’ (Bo Diddley; two versions)

All Shook Up (Elvis Presley)

Your True Love (Carl Perkins)

Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)

‘Three Cool Cats’ (The Coasters)

Blowin’ In The Wind (Bob Dylan)

‘Lucille’ (Little Richard)

‘I’m So Tired’

‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ (three versions)

Third Man Theme (Anton Karas)

‘Sun King’ (four versions)

‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ (six versions)

Going Up The Country (Canned Heat)

On The Road Again (Canned Heat)

‘One After 909’ (three versions)

A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody (Irving Berlin)

Thinking Of Linking (Lennon-McCartney)

Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke)

Hitch Hike (Marvin Gaye)

‘You Can’t Do That’

‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’ (Chan Romero)

All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan)

Short Fat Fannie (Larry Williams)

Midnight Special (Lonnie Donegan)

‘Two Of Us’

When You’re Drunk You Think Of Me (trad)

What’s The Use Of Getting Sober (When You’re Gonna Get Drunk Again) (Louis Jordan)

What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (Emile Ford And The Checkmates)

‘Money (That’s What I Want)’

‘Gimme Some Truth’ (Lennon)

The Weight (The Band)

I’m A Tiger (Lulu)

‘Back In The USSR’

‘Every Little Thing’

Piece Of My Heart (Erma Franklin; two versions)

Sabre Dance (Love Sculpture)

I’ve Been Good To You (The Miracles)

Ramblin’ Woman* (Harrison)

Is It Discovered* (Harrison)

Your Name Is Ted* (Beatles jam)

Get On The Phone* (Lennon-McCartney)

My Words Are In My Heart* (McCartney)

Negro In Reserve* (Lennon-McCartney)

Because I Know You Love Me So* (Lennon-McCartney)

I’ll Wait Till Tomorrow* (Lennon-McCartney)

Won’t You Please Say Goodbye* (Lennon-McCartney)

Over And Over Again* (McCartney)

Monday, January 6, 1969

‘Oh! Darling’

C’mon Marianne (The Four Seasons)

‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ (three versions)

High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis)

‘Hear Me Lord’ (Harrison; eight versions)

‘For You Blue’ (two versions)

‘All Things Must Pass’ (nine versions)

‘Carry That Weight’ (four versions)

‘Octopus’s Garden’

The Palace Of The King Of The Birds (McCartney)

‘Across The Universe’ (two versions)

I Want You (Bob Dylan)

‘Don’t Let Me Down’ (28 versions)

‘One After 909’ (three versions)

‘That’s All Right (Mama)’ (Elvis Presley)

Thirty Days (Chuck Berry)

Leaning On A Lamppost (George Formby)

Annie (Lennon)

I’m Talking About You (Chuck Berry)

The Tracks Of My Tears (The Miracles)

‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’

‘Money (That’s What I Want)’

Fools Like Me (Jerry Lee Lewis)

‘Sure To Fall (In Love With You)’ (Carl Perkins)

Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo (Carl Perkins)

Send Me Some Loving (Little Richard)

‘Two Of Us’ (20 versions)

Frère Jacques (trad)

It Ain’t Me Babe (Bob Dylan)

When The Saints Go Marching In (trad)

Loop De Loop (Johnny Thunder)

Let’s Dance (Chris Montez)

‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’       (seven versions)

You Wear Your Women Out* (McCartney)

My Imagination* (McCartney)

I’m Gonna Pay For His Ride* (McCartney)

They Call Me Fuzz Face* (McCartney)

Maureen* (Bob Dylan/Harrison)

Tuesday, January 7, 1969

‘The Long And Winding Road’ (two versions)

‘Golden Slumbers’

‘Carry That Weight’

The Palace Of The King Of The Birds      (McCartney; two versions)

‘Lady Madonna’

‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’      (four versions)

Lowdown Blues Machine (McCartney)

What’d I Say (Ray Charles; two versions)

‘Shout’ (The Isley Brothers)

‘Get Back’ (four versions)

My Back Pages (Bob Dylan)

‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ (14 versions)

Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again      (Bob Dylan)

I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)

To Kingdom Come (The Band)

‘For You Blue’ (two versions)

Bo Diddley (Bo Diddley)

What The World Needs Now Is Love (Jackie DeShannon)

First Call (trad)

‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ (18 versions)

‘Oh! Darling’ (two versions)

Rule Britannia (trad)

‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’

Speak To Me (Jackie Lomax)

‘When I’m Sixty-Four’

‘A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues’ (Arthur Alexander)

‘(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care’ (Elvis Presley)

‘Across The Universe’ (12 versions)

‘Gimme Some Truth’ (Lennon; three versions)

A Case Of The Blues (Lennon; two versions)

Cuddle Up (McCartney)

‘From Me To You’

‘Rock And Roll Music’

‘Lucille’ (Little Richard)

Lotta Lovin’ (Gene Vincent; two versions)

Gone, Gone, Gone (Carl Perkins)

‘Dig A Pony’

‘One After 909’ (five versions)

‘Don’t Let Me Down’ (12 versions)

‘Devil In Her Heart’

Thirty Days (Chuck Berry)


‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent)

Somethin’ Else (Eddie Cochran)

FBI (The Shadows)

Mr Epstein Said It Was White Gold* (McCartney)

Woman Where You Been So Long* (Beatles jam)

Oh Julie, Julia* (McCartney)

Wednesday, January 8, 1969

‘I Me Mine’ (41 versions)

‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ (two versions)

Honey Hush (The Johnny Burnette Trio)

Stand By Me (Ben E King)

Hare Krishna Mantra (Hindu chant; two versions)

‘Two Of Us’

You Got Me Going (McCartney)

‘Twist And Shout’

‘Don’t Let Me Down’ (two versions)

‘St Louis Blues’ (WC Handy)

‘One After 909’

Too Bad About Sorrows (Lennon-McCartney)

Just Fun (Lennon-McCartney)

‘She Said She Said’

‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’

One Way Out (Elmore James)

MacArthur Park (Richard Harris)

‘All Things Must Pass’ (11 versions)

‘Mean Mr Mustard’

Fools Like Me (Jerry Lee Lewis)

You Win Again (Jerry Lee Lewis)

Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo (Carl Perkins)

Boogie Woogie (Lennon)

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep (trad)

Mr Bassman (Johnny Cymbal)

‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ (13 versions)

How Do You Think I Feel (Elvis Presley)

The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde (Georgie Fame)

Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp)      (Allan Sherman)

‘I Me Mine’

FBI (The Shadows)

‘Oh! Darling’

‘Let It Be’ (three versions)

The Fool (Sanford Clark)

Domino (Doris Day/Andy Williams)

‘The Long And Winding Road’ (six versions)

Adagio For Strings (Samuel Barber)

True Love (Elvis Presley)

‘Shout’ (The Isley Brothers)

‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ (Chuck Berry)

Malagueña (trad)

Almost Grown (Chuck Berry)

What Am I Living For (Chuck Willis)

‘Rock And Roll Music’

To Kingdom Come (The Band)

Get Your Rocks Off (Dylan)

Well, If You’re Ready* (McCartney)

Life Is What You Make It* (Beatles jam)

I’m Going To Knock Him Down Dead* (Lennon)

Tell All The Folks Back Home* (McCartney)

Thursday, January 9, 1969

Another Day (McCartney)

The Palace Of The King Of The Birds (McCartney)

‘Let It Be’ (16 versions)

‘The Long And Winding Road’ (five versions)

‘Her Majesty’

‘Golden Slumbers’

‘Carry That Weight’

‘Oh! Darling’

‘For You Blue’ (15 versions)

‘Two Of Us’ (eight versions)

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep (trad)

‘Don’t Let Me Down’

Suzy’s Parlour (Lennon)

‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ (five versions)

‘One After 909’ (four versions)

‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’

‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’      (seven versions)

‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent)

‘Get Back’ (six versions)

Penina (McCartney)

‘Across The Universe’ (12 versions)

‘Teddy Boy’ (McCartney)

‘Junk’ (McCartney)

Move It (Cliff Richard and The Drifters)

‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’ (Elvis Presley)

Tennessee (Carl Perkins)

House Of The Rising Sun (The Animals)

Honey Hush (The Johnny Burnette Trio)

Hitch Hike (Marvin Gaye)

‘All Together Now’

I Threw It All Away (Bob Dylan)

Mama, You Been On My Mind (Bob Dylan)

‘That’ll Be The Day’ (Buddy Holly)

Jenny, Jenny (Little Richard)

Slippin’ And Slidin’ (Little Richard)

Shakin’ In The Sixties* (Lennon)

Commonwealth* (Lennon-McCartney)

Enoch Powell* (McCartney)

Get Off* (Lennon-McCartney)

Quit Your Messing Around* (Lennon)

Ramblin’ Woman* (Harrison)

Friday, January 10, 1969 (George Quits)

‘The Long And Winding Road’ (three versions)

‘Let It Be’

‘Don’t Let Me Down’ (two versions)

‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ (four versions)

‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ (four versions)

‘Get Back’ (22 versions)

‘She’s A Woman’

Hi Heel Sneakers (Tommy Tucker; two versions)

‘Long Tall Sally’

Theme from The Beatles Cartoons

Catch A Falling Star (Perry Como)

‘Two Of Us’ (six versions)

I’m Talking About You (Chuck Berry)

A Quick One, While He’s Away      (The Who; four versions)

‘Till There Was You’

C’mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran)

Mack The Knife (Bobby Darin)

Don’t Be Cruel (Elvis Presley)

The Peanut Vendor (Louis Armstrong)

It’s Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty)

Adagio for Strings (Samuel Barber)

‘Martha My Dear’

‘Sun King’

‘Dear Prudence’

On A Sunny Island*

Through A London Window

Monday, January 13, 1969

‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ (two versions)

Otis Sleep On (Arthur Conley)

Baby, Come Back (The Equals)

Build Me Up Buttercup (The Foundations; three versions)

‘Dig A Pony’ (two versions)

‘Get Back’ (15 versions)

On The Road Again (Canned Heat)

Tuesday, January 14, 1969

‘Martha My Dear’

‘San Francisco Bay Blues’ (Jesse Fuller)

The Day I Went Back To School (McCartney)

Lady Jane (The Rolling Stones; two versions)

Talking Blues (McCartney)

Jazz Piano Song (McCartney-Starr)

Woman (McCartney; three versions)

Cocaine Blues (Johnny Cash)

Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart (Johnny Cash)

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever      (Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner)

The Back Seat Of My Car (McCartney; two versions)

Hello, Dolly! (Louis Armstrong)

‘Mean Mr Mustard’ (two versions)

Madman (Lennon; three versions)

Watching Rainbows (Lennon; two versions)

Take This Hammer (Lonnie Donegan)

‘Johnny B Goode’ (Chuck Berry; two versions)

‘Get Back’

‘You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)’

‘Oh! Darling’ (two versions)

‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’

Oh Baby I Love You* (McCartney)

Song Of Love* (McCartney)

As Clear As A Bell* (McCartney)

You Are Definitely Inclined Towards It* (Lennon)

Don’t Start Running* (Lennon)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Octopus' Garden Review of "The Country of Liverpool" Book

2:46 PM Posted by Nicole M

 Adapted with permission from Octopus' Garden fanzine, Volume 30, Issue #3, March 2021. Review by Tom Aguiar.

The Country of Liverpool: Nashville of the North by David Bedford.

 Fans of the Beatles are familiar with the group’s affinity for country music created in America. What many people don’t realize is that in the 1960s and up to today, country music experienced tremendous popularity in Europe as evidenced by its root in the skiffle craze that eventually developed into British rock and roll music. The interest of the Beatles and others is not as simplistic as records coming off the ships berthing in Liverpool. It is much deeper and more substantive.

 The earliest immigrants to the American colonies from Britain and Ireland brought with them folk songs, hymns, and primitive African blues. The songs told stories of love, war, legends, and more and were written with a regular rhythm generations remember and repeat easily. The early settlers came from Britain, Ireland, and Scotland, and found homes in the Appalachian Mountains. As time went on, the descendants moved to other parts of the new world and the songs began to evolve and develop into what eventually became all the splinter forms of the country music genre, from country and western to bluegrass and beyond.

Bedford expertly describes the growth of country music in the US and how it is also firmly formed in the roots of rock and roll of the early 1950s in the music of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and others. Interest in the country and western genre in both America and Britain also included western movies and American cowboys and it was a regular occurrence for British youth to attend Saturday movies to revel in their interest. Many Liverpool bands took names that were reminiscent of the American cowboy, as well.

The cowboy image quickly evolved into the British rocker. Country and western music did not disappear with the advent of the Liverpool rock scene. Far from it. It had a strong following in Europe that continued to grow, despite slipping into the background. Country stars such as Phil Brady blossomed and grew in their own right and there were many, many clubs that specialized in country music.

Bedford presents the story in a way that keeps the reader interested. His research skills are deep and impeccable. He uses old photos and posters as key parts of the story with a charm that adds to the book.

David Bedford has tackled subjects, that other authors sidestep, in his books, such as Liddypool and Finding the Fourth Beatle, and presents topics that are new to readers. The Country of Liverpool is no exception and cements Bedford’s standing as one of the top Beatles historians of today. An excellent book and an excellent story told in a way that is interesting, educational, and just plain enjoyable.

Another must-have for Beatles, and music, fans.