1703 The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde – Georgie Fame (1968)

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John Lennon, Georgie Fame, and Paul McCartney.

This song was written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander. It was first recorded by Georgie Fame in 1967. It was produced by Mike Smith and released as a single in 1968. The B-side was Beware Of The Dog. The single reached number one on the UK Singles chart and number seven on the Billboard chart. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions.

1702 MacArthur Park – Richard Harris (1968)

 

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MacArthur Park.

This song was written by Jimmy Webb. It was first recorded by Richard Harris in 1968. His version was produced by Jimmy Webb. It was released as a single with Didn’t We? on the B-side. In the UK the B-side was Paper Chase. The single reached number two on the Billboard chart and number four on the UK Singles chart. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

1701 What The World Needs Now Is Love – Cilla Black (1968)

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Sher-oo!

This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 1965. It was first recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1965. Since then the song has been recorded by Janet Lennon, Dionne Warwick, and Johnny Mathis among others. Cilla Black recorded the song in 1968. It was released on her album Sher-oo! The album was produced by George Martin and also included Step Inside Love. In America the song was released as a single with Only Forever Will Do on the B-side.┬áThe song was also released on the charity album No One’s Gonna Change Our World in 1969. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

1700 Sabre Dance – Love Sculpture (1968)

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Ringo Starr and Dave Edmunds.

Sabre Dance was written by Aram Khachaturian for the 1942 ballet Gayane. The song was first recorded by Oscar Levant in 1948. Since then it has been recorded by Woody Herman, Victor Young, and Ted Heath. Love Sculpture recorded the song in 1968. Their version was arranged by Dave Edmunds. It was released as a single in 1968 with Think Of Love on the B-side. It reached number five on the UK Singles chart. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be session in 1969.

1699 Piece Of My Heart – Big Brother And The Holding Company (1968)

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Janis Joplin.

This song was written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns. It was first recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967. The song was recorded by Big Brother And The Holding Company in 1968. Their version featured Janis Joplin on lead vocals. It was released on their album Cheap Thrills. The song was also released as a single with Turtle Blues on the B-side. The single reached number twelve on the Billboard chart. Janis Joplin’s singing influenced Paul McCartney’s singing on The Beatles 1969 song Oh! Darling. The Beatles played Piece Of My Heart during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

Now Hear This: Oh! Darling – The Beatles (1969)

1698 I’m A Tiger – Lulu (1968)

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Paul McCartney, Lulu, and John Lennon.

I’m A Tiger was written by Marty Wilde and Ronnie Scott. It was recorded by Lulu in 1968 and was produced by Mickie Most. It was released as a single with Without Him on the B-side. The single reached number nine on the UK Singles chart. The song was also released on the charity album No One’s Gonna Change Our World in 1969. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

1697 Going Up The Country – Canned Heat (1968)

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Going Up The Country.

Going Up The Country was written by Alan Wilson and was based on the song Bull Doze Blues, recorded by Henry Thomas in 1928. Going Up The Country was recorded by Canned Heat in 1968. It was first released on their 1968 album Living The Blues. It was later released as a single with One Kind Favor on the B-side. It reached number nineteen on the UK Singles chart and number eleven on the Billboard chart. The song was played by The Beatles during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.