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PAUL MCCARTNEY MARVELED AT GEORGE HARRISON’S IMPACT AND RIFF ON “AND I LOVE HER”

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When Paul McCartney looked back at his work in The Beatles, “And I Love Her” stood out to him as a milestone. At that point (early 1964), Paul hadn’t yet earned his reputation as a brilliant balladeer. That started to change after he wrote “And I Love Her.”

“It was the first ballad I impressed myself with,” Paul said in his biography Many Years From Now (1997). And John Lennon agreed with him. Thinking back on their rise as songwriters, John described Paul’s Hard Day’s Night gem as a warmup for “Yesterday.”

While John and Paul collaborated on many songs in those days, John had only minimal involvement in the writing of “And I Love Her.” (He probably helped with the middle section.) But Paul definitely hadn’t completed the track when he brought it into the studio.

In fact, he hadn’t written the famous four-note riff that opens the song. On the day of the recording session, George Harrison came up with that on the spot. Paul thought the hook made the song what it is.
Paul McCartney said George Harrison came up with the ‘And I Love Her’ riff in the studio.

While Paul played guitar,he couldn’t do everything. And when he walked into the studio to show George and Ringo Starr “And I Love Her,” he hadn’t come up with an opening bit.

In the documentary Living in the Material World, Paul explained how the process would often go in the early days. “We’d go in the studio, 10 in the morning, and this was the first time George and Ringo had heard any of the songs,” Paul said.

After showing George the chords and working through the arrangement for both he and Ringo, The Beatles would start to construct the song, bit by bit. As Paul explained, sometimes they’d come up with great parts in a heartbeat.

“This is how good they were,” Paul said. “On my song, ‘And I Love Her,’ I had ‘I give her all my love.’ But then George comes in with, [humming the opening riff] ‘doo-doo-doo-doo.’” To Paul, that lick made all the difference.
Paul said, ‘THAT’S the song!’ about George’s riff. Paul marveled at George’s impact on “And I Love Her.” “Now you think about that [riff]: THAT’s the song!” he said. “You know, he made that up at the session. He nicked the chords and we just said, ‘It needs a riff.’ I didn’t write that!”

George nailed down many famous Beatles guitar parts that way. In Rolling Stone, Tom Petty recalled a conversation he had with George one day when “You Can’t Do That” came on the radio. After George told him he created that signature riff on the spot, Petty asked how.

“I was just standing there and thought, ‘I’ve got to do something!’” Petty recalled George saying. Obviously, Paul had a few of these stories to tell. So did Ringo, for whom George cranked out the memorable opening to “Octopus’s Garden” at the end of the Beatles’ run.



“WE LOVE YOU”: LENNON & MCCARTNEY ADD VOCAL SUPPORT TO ROLLING STONES

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John and Paul’s show of solidarity was a measure of the outrage felt about Jagger and Richards’ imprisonment.
The albeit fleeting incarceration of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after their drug convictions of 1967 was one of the biggest stories of what became known — ironically, in their case — as the Summer of Love.

This extraordinary entry in the history of the Rolling Stones was soon illustrated by the band’s own memorable single inspired by the affair, “We Love You.” At a nighttime recording session at Olympic Studios on July 19 that year, backing vocals and percussion for the upcoming Decca release were laid down by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

The gesture by the two Beatles was a show of solidarity for their friends and a measure of the outrage felt about Jagger and Richards’ imprisonment. Even as the case was ongoing, an earlier such gesture had been made by The Who, when they recorded swiftly-convened covers of “The Last Time” and “Under My Thumb.”

The Stones were at Olympic recording what became Their Satanic Majesties Request, their sixth British album, which followed in December.

“We Love You” wasn’t on it, which gives it an even more distinct place in the events of that year. Opening to the sound of prison doors banging shut, it then featured an imposing piano riff by Nicky Hopkins.

Defiant Jagger-Richards lyrics showed both appreciation for their fans’ support during the ordeal, and disdain for the establishment that, in their eyes, condoned it.

To make the point even more powerfully, there was a striking promotional film directed by Peter Whitehead.

“We Love You” was released on August 18 in the UK, and two weeks later in America.

It entered the UK charts on the 26th, and spent most of September in the British top ten, with a No.8 peak.

In the US, “Dandelion” was promoted as the A-side of the single and reached No.14, but interest and airplay for “We Love You” was enough to earn it a No.50 peak of its own.



THE BEATLES AND THE MONKEES

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The Monkees were inspired by the Beatles. The Monkees had a song where they used the phrase “I want to hold your hand” . This raises a fascinating question: What did the Beatles think of the Monkees?

John Lennon said: “[The Monkees have] their own scene, and I won’t send them down for it, John Lennon said, according to Mental Floss. “You try a weekly television show and see if you can manage one half as good!” John was an extremely cultured and talented man, so his endorsement of the Monkees’ sitcom meant a lot. In addition, Mickey Dolenz told Westword that John correctly said the Monkees were more like the Marx Brothers than the Fab Four. Certainly, the humor in the Monkees’ sitcom was more similar to the Marx Brothers’ humor than it was to the Beatles’ dry wit.

Meanwhile, George Harrison liked some of the songs the Monkees produced themselves. According to NME, he said “It’s obvious what’s happening, there’s talent there… when they get it all sorted out, they might turn out to be the best.” That’s quite the statement, coming from a member of rock ‘n’ roll’s most acclaimed band.

Ringo Starr got along well with Dolenz.
Dolenz told Cleveland Scene he spent more time with Ringo than any other member of the Beatles, though he did spend time with John and Paul. He recalls hanging out with Ringo after Ringo moved to Los Angles in the 1970s. During that time, Dolenz and Ringo were mutual friends with Harry Nilsson.

Tork shared a similar sentiment, saying “[Ringo] is my favorite Beatle. It truly was Ringo that I found to be the most open and human.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ringo sent his condolences when Davy Jones died, saying “God bless Davy. Peace & love to his family, Ringo.”

In fact, Rolling Stone reports that Ringo and George once jammed together with Tork back in the 1960s. Tork felt blessed to be able to hear Ringo on the drums. Sadly, the jam session was not recorded. If it was, it would be a quintessential encapsulation of an era.

Dolenz befriended Paul during the recording of Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band. Dolenz was there for the recording of “Good Morning Good Morning.”

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THE BEATLES STORY SET TO REOPEN ITS DOORS

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Liverpool attraction The Beatles Story, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is set to reopen its doors today, after being awarded Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ certification.

The certification means it has the relevant safety measures in place and a process tomaintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

The awarding-winning attraction welcomes record-breaking numbers of visitors each year from all around the world, and being based in the hometown of The Beatles is considered a ‘must-visit’ pilgrimage for many Beatles’ fans.
The attraction will reopen with the launch of a number of upgrades including new artefacts, exhibits and exciting immersive animations in the replica Cavern Club and John Lennon’s White Room.

Mary Chadwick, General Manager, said: “We have been carefully planning ahead to ensure the safety of our customers and staff, whilst continuing to meet the high standards we set ourselves. We are delighted to receive Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ certification meaning we can confidently reopen our doors from 20th July. There will of course be restrictions in place and we must all still do everything wecan to limit the spread of the virus. This includes extra handwash facilities, queuemanagement systems, restricted admission numbers and signage clearly displayedthroughout our attraction. As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations we will be launching a number of newexhibits and immersive upgrades one of which is a new Ringo exhibit featuring apersonal message to The Beatles Story from Ringo and articles from his personalcollection to commemorate his 80 h birthday. The whole team are now raring to go and can’t wait to ‘Get Back’, reopen the doorsand welcome our visitors once again.”