2238 Junk – Paul McCartney (1970)

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Paul McCartney.

Junk was written by Paul McCartney in 1968. A demo version recorded by The Beatles in 1968 was released in 1996 on Anthology 3. The song was also played during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. Paul McCartney recorded the song at his home studio and Morgan Studios in London in 1970. That version features Linda McCartney on backing vocals. It was produced by Paul McCartney and was released on his 1970 album McCartney. An instrumental version, Singalong Junk, was also released on McCartney in 1970. Both Junk and Singalong Junk are part of Paul McCartney’s repertoire. A live version of Singalong Junk was released on Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) in 1991. That version was incorrectly titled Junk. A version of Singalong Junk performed by the London Symphony Orchestra was released on Working Classical in 1999. That version was also titled as Junk. A version recorded by Cilla Black in 1971 was produced by George Martin. Junk has also been recorded by John Denver and Chet Atkins. Jeff Lynne recorded the song in 2014 for the album The Art of McCartney.

Now Hear This: Singalong Junk – Paul McCartney (1970)
Junk – Cilla Black (1971)
Junk – Paul McCartney (1991)
Junk – The Beatles (1996)
Junk – Paul McCartney (1999)
Junk – Jeff Lynne (2014)

1723 The Inner Light – The Beatles (1968)

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George Harrison with Indian musicians in Bombay.

The Inner Light was written by George Harrison in 1967. The backing track was recorded at HMV Studios in Bombay, India in 1968. An alternative instrumental take was released as a bonus track to the 2014 remastered version of George Harrison’s album Wonderwall Music. Although George Harrison does not perform on the backing track he can be heard at the beginning giving direction. The Beatles vocals were recorded at EMI Studios in London and the recording was produced by George Martin. The recording does not feature Ringo Starr. The Inner Light was first released as the B-side to Lady Madonna in 1968. The single reached number four on the Billboard chart and number one on the UK singles chart. The single was also released in India. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love. It was part of a medley along with Here Comes The Sun.

The Inner Light was performed by Jeff Lynne during The Concert For George in 2002. That version was released in 2003 on the album Concert For George. The recording features Ravi Shankar’s daughter, Anoushka Shankar, on sitar and George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison, on piano and backing vocals. The song has also been recorded by Jimmy McGriff & Junior Parker among others.

Now Hear This: The Inner Light – Jeff Lynne And Anoushka Shankar (2003)
Here Comes The Sun/The Inner Light (Transition) – The Beatles (2006)
The Inner Light (Alternative Take) – George Harrison (2014)

1493 I Want To Tell You – The Beatles (1966)

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This song was written by George Harrison. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1966. It was recorded at EMI Studio and was produced by George Martin. It was released on The Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver. The song was also released on the EP Eleanor Rigby in Portugal in 1967. The EP also included Doctor Robert and Got To Get You Into My Life. The song was part of George Harrison’s repertoire and a live version was released on Live In Japan in 1992. Jeff Lynne performed the song live at The Concert For George in 2002. That version was released in 2003 on the album The Concert For George.

Now Hear This : I Want To Tell You – George Harrison (1992)
I Want To Tell You – Jeff Lynne (2003)

0369 September Song – Jan Peerce (1958)

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Jan Peerce.

This song was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson in 1938 for the Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday. It has been recorded by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. It was part of The Beatles repertoire and they recorded in Hamburg in 1960. The group was made up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles plus Ringo Starr and Lu Walters from Rory Storm And The Hurricanes.The recordings have since been lost. This version of the song, recorded by Jan Peerce in 1958, influenced George Harrison’s song The Inner Light. John Lennon sings part of the song during an 1980 demo of Dear John. Jeff Lynne covered the song in 1990. That version features George Harrison on slide and acoustic guitar.
Now Hear This : The Inner Light – The Beatles (1968)                                    
September Song – Jeff Lynne (1990)

0128 September Song – Frank Sinatra (1946)

Frank Sinatra.

Frank Sinatra.

September Song was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson in 1938 for the Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday. It was sung by Walter Huston in the musical. Bing Crosby recorded the song twice, in 1943 and again just before his death in 1977. Frank Sinatra also recorded the song twice, first in 1946 and again in 1965. The 1946 recording was released as the B-side  Souvenirs (Among My Souvenirs).

September Song was part of The Beatles repertoire and it was one of the songs they played for Janice the stripper. It was also one of three songs recorded in Hamburg by a group made up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles plus Ringo Starr and Lu Walters from Rory Storm And The Hurricanes in October 1960. The recordings have since been lost. John Lennon sings part of the song during one demo of his song Dear John recorded in 1980.  A version of September Song by Jeff Lynne features George Harrison on slide and acoustic guitar.

Now Hear This : September Song – Jeff Lynne (1990)

0125 Stormy Weather – Capitol International Jazzmen (1945)

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Kay Starr.

Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler wrote Stormy Weather in 1933 for the Cotton Club Parade revue. It was first recorded by Ethel Waters with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra the same yeat. It has since been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald among others.The Capitol International Jazzmen recorded their version in 1945. Kay Starr sang the lead vocals and she was backed by Nat King Cole on piano. It was released as the B-side to You Can Depend On Me.

Ringo Starr covered the song in 1970 for his album Sentimental Journey but it remains unreleased. A version by Jeff Lynne features George Harrison on slide and acoustic guitar. It was released on his 1990 album Armchair Theatre.

Now Hear This : Stormy Weather – Jeff Lynne (1990)