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)

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1939 Comin’ Home Baby – Mel Tormé (1962)

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Mel Torme.

Comin’ Home Baby was written by Ben Tucker. It was first recorded by The Dave Bailey Quintet in 1961. Lyrics were written by Bob Dorough in 1962 and the song was recorded by Mel Tormé. It was released as a single in 1962 with Right Now on the B-side. It reached number thirteen on the UK singles chart. The song influenced The Beatles’ 1969 song I Want You (She’s So Heavy).

Now Hear This : I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – The Beatles (1969)

1297 The House of The Rising Sun – The Animals (1964)

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The Animals.

This traditional folk song is sometimes called Rising Sun Blues. It dates from the 17th century and has some resemblance to the 16th century ballad The Unfortunate Rake. The Rising Sun Blues was first recorded in 1933 by Tom Clarence Ashley & Gwen Foster. Since then it has been recorded by Leadbelly, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Nina Simone among others. The Animals recorded the song in 1964. It was released as a single with Talkin’ ‘bout You on the B-side. The single went to number one on the UK Singles chart and the Billboard chart. John Lennon sang the song during the rehearsals for Shindig in 1964.The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. It influenced their 1969 song I Want You (She’s So Heavy) from the album Abbey Road. The song also influenced part of the lyrics to John Lennon’s 1970 song Mother.

Now Hear This : I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – The Beatles (1969)
Mother – John Lennon (1970)

 

0462 I Believe To My Soul – Ray Charles (1959)

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The Genius Sings The Blues.

Ray Charles wrote and recorded this song in 1959. It was first released as the B-side to I’m Movin’ On. It was later released on his 1961 album The Genius Sings The Blues. The sound of this song, which features a pared down band, influenced the arrangement and production of The Beatles’ songs I Want You and Come Together.

Now Hear This : I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – The Beatles (1969)
Come Together – The Beatles (1969)