1998 I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – The Beatles (1969)

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Yoko Ono and John Lennon with a copy of Abbey Road.

This song was written by John Lennon but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The Beatles recorded the song again for their album Abbey Road in 1969. It was recorded at EMI Studios and Trident Studios in London and was produced by George Martin. The recording features Billy Preston on Hammond organ. It was first released in 1969 on the album Abbey Road. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love. It was part of a medley along with Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! and Helter Skelter.

Now Hear This: Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!/ I Want You (She’s So Heavy)/Helter Skelter – The Beatles (2006)

1993 Something – The Beatles (1969)

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Something.

Something was written by George Harrison in 1968. The song was first played during The Beatles sessions in 1968. It was later played during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. A demo version recorded in 1969 was released on The Beatles’ 1996 album Anthology 3. Something was recorded by The Beatles in 1969. It was recorded at EMI Studios with overdubs recorded at Olympic Sound Studios in London. The recording was produced by George Martin and features Billy Preston on Hammond organ. It was first released on The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road. Something was later released as a single with Come Together on the B-side. The single reached number one on the Billboard chart and number four on the UK Singles chart. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love. It was part of a medley along with Blue Jay Way.
The song was part of George Harrison’s repertoire. He performed it live at the Concert For Bangla Desh in 1971. The band included Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, and Leon Russell among others. That version was released on the 1971 album The Concert For Bangla Desh. A live version recorded in Japan in 1991 was released on the album Live In Japan in 1992. That version features Eric Clapton on guitar. George Harrison also performed the song live during his appearance on Rockline in 1988. The song is also part of Paul McCartney’s repertoire. He performed it live at Concert For George in 2002. The band included Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton. That version was released on the 2003 album Concert For George. Other live versions have been released on Back In The U.S. (2002) Back In The World (2003), and Good Evening New York City (2009). The song was performed live by Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh at A Grammy Salute To The Beatles in 2014.

Now Hear This: Something – George Harrison And Friends (1971)
Something – George Harrison (1992)
Something (demo) – The Beatles (1996)
Something – Paul McCartney (2002)
Something – Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton (2003)
Something – Paul McCartney (2003)
Something/Blue Jay Way (Transition) – The Beatles (2006)
Something – Paul McCartney (2009)

1978 Don’t Let Me Down – The Beatles With Billy Preston (1969)

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Don’t Let Me Down.

Don’t Let Me Down was written by John Lennon but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1969. Rehearsals of the song were recorded at Twickenham Film Studios and Apple Studios in London during the Let It Be sessions. Two  extract from the rehearsals were included on the Fly On The Wall disc included with the 2003 album Let It Be…Naked. The Beatles and Billy Preston recorded the song at Apple Studios in 1969. That version was produced by George Martin and was released as the B-side to Get Back. The single was credited to The Beatles With Billy Preston. It reached number one on the UK Singles chart and the Billboard chart. The Beatles and Billy Preston performed the song live twice on the roof of Apple Studios in London in 1969. An edit of the two performances was released on the album Let It Be…Naked in 2003. One live performance was used in The Beatles’ 1970 movie Let It Be.

Now Hear This: Don’t Let Me Down – The Beatles (2003)
Fly On The Wall – The Beatles (2003)

1977 Get Back – The Beatles With Billy Preston (1969)

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Get Back.

Get Back was written by Paul McCartney but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1969. Rehearsals of the song were recorded at Twickenham Film Studios and Apple Studios in London during the Let It Be sessions. Two extracts from the rehearsals were included on the Fly On The Wall disc included with the 2003 album Let It Be…Naked.

The Beatles and Billy Preston recorded the song at Apple Studios in 1969. That version was produced by George Martin and was released as a single in 1969 credited to The Beatles With Billy Preston. The B-side was Don’t Let Me Down. The single reached number one on the UK Singles chart and the Billboard chart. A remixed version of the single was produced by Phil Spector and was released on The Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be. A second remix version of the single was released in 2003 on the album Let It Be…Naked. The Beatles and Billy Preston performed the song live three times on the roof of Apple Studios in London in 1969.  A live version was released on the album Anthology 3 in 1996. An edit of two live versions was used in The Beatles’ 1970 movie Let It Be. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love.

Apple artist Doris Troy recorded the song in 1969. Her version was released in 1970 and features George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Billy Preston among others. A version recorded during rehearsals features George Harrison on lead vocals. The song was part of Billy Preston’s repertoire. He recorded a studio version for the 1978 movie Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Get Back was also part of Paul McCartney’s repertoire. Live versions have been released on Recorded Highlights Of The Prince’s Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party (1987), Tripping The Live Fantastic (1990), Good Evening New York City (2009), Paul McCartney Live in Los Angeles (2010), and The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition (2011).

Now Hear This: Get Back – The Beatles (1970)
Get Back – Doris Troy (1970)
Get Back – Billy Preston (1978)
Get Back – Paul McCartney (1987)
Get Back – Paul McCartney (1990)
Get Back (live) – The Beatles (1996)
Get Back – The Beatles (2003)
Fly On The Wall – The Beatles (2003)
Get Back – The Beatles (2006)
Get Back – Paul McCartney (2009)
Get Back – Paul McCartney (2010)
Get Back – Paul McCartney (2011)

1948 That’s The Way God Planned It – Billy Preston (1969)

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That’s The Way God Planned It.

That’s The Way God Planned It was the fourth album released by Billy Preston and his first released on the Apple Records label. The album is made up of songs recorded by Billy Preston in 1968 and 1969. Three of the songs (I Want To Thank You, Hey Brother, Keep It To Yourself) were recorded for Capitol Records in Los Angeles in 1968 and were produced by Wayne Shuler. The remaining nine tracks were recorded at Trident Studios in London in 1969. Those nine tracks were produced by George Harrison. The albums personnel includes George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Klaus Voormann, Ginger Baker, and Doris Troy. The album was released on the Apple Records label in 1969. The album’s sleevenotes were written by Derek Taylor and included a quote by Billy Preston. The album contained a total of twelve tracks including She Belongs To Me, Morning Star, and That’s The Way God Planned It (Parts 1 & 2).

Tracklist
Side 1
1) Do What You Want
2) I Want To Thank You
3) Everything’s All Right
4) She Belongs To Me
5) It Doesn’t Matter
6) Morning Star
Side 2
1) Hey Brother
2) What About You
3) Let Us All Get Together (Right Now)
4) This Is It
5) Keep It To Yourself
6) That’s The Way God Planned It (Parts 1 & 2)

1947 This Is It – Billy Preston (1969)

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Billy Preston and George Harrison.

This Is It was written by Billy Preston and Doris Troy. It was recorded by Billy Preston in 1969. It was recorded at Trident Studios and was produced by George Harrison. The recording features George Harrison on guitar, Ringo Starr on drums, and Klaus Voormann on bass. It was released on Billy Preston’s 1969 album That’s The Way God Planned It. The album was released on the Apple Records label.

1946 Let Us All Get Together (Right Now) – Billy Preston (1969)

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Billy Preston.

This song was written by Billy Preston and Doris Troy. Billy Preston recorded the song in 1969. It was recorded at Trident Studios and was produced by George Harrison. The recording features George Harrison on sitar and Ringo Starr on drums. The recording also features Doris Troy on backing vocals. It was released on Billy Preston’s album That’s The Way God Planned It. The album was released on the Apple Records label in 1969.