This song was written by John Lennon in 1968. It is credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1968. Take 2 of the recording was released on The Beatles’ 1996 album Anthology 2. The 1968 version was first released on the 1969 charity album No One’s Gonna Change Our World. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. Rehearsals of the song were included in the 1970 movie Let It Be. In 1970 Glyn Johns remixed the 1968 recording for inclusions on The Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be. That version was not released and the song was remixed again by Phil Spector and that version was released on the Let It Be album. The 1968 recording was remixed again for the 2003 album Let It Be…Naked. Cilla Black recorded the song in 1970 for her album Sweet Inspiration. Her version was produced by George Martin. David Bowie recorded the song in 1975 for his album Young Americans. That version features John Lennon on backing vocals and guitar.
Now Hear This: Across The Universe – The Beatles (1969)
Across The Universe – Cilla Black (1970)
Across The Universe – David Bowie (1975)
Across The Universe (Take 2) – The Beatles (1996)
Across The Universe – The Beatles (2003)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
This song was written by Yoko Ono. The lyrics are based on the poem Who Has Seen The Wind written by Christina Rossetti in 1872. The song’s lyrics mention John Lennon. Who Has Seen The Wind was recorded by The Plastic Ono Band in 1970. It was recorded at Trident Studios in London and was produced by John Lennon. The recording features John Lennon on acoustic guitar. It was released as the B-side to Instant Karma! In 1970.
This song was written by John Lennon in 1970. It was first recorded by John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band in 1970. It was recorded at EMI Studios in London and was produced by Phil Spector. The recording features George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, Billy Preston, Yoko Ono, Mal Evans and Allen Klein. It was released as a single on the Apple Records label in 1970 with Who Has Seen The Wind? on the B-side. The single reached number five on the UK Singles Chart and number three on the Billboard Chart. The song was part of John Lennon’s live repertoire and he performed a live vocal over a mix of the song’s instrumental track twice for the BBC Television programme Top of The Pops in 1970. John Lennon performed the song live at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1972. A live version was released on the album Live In New York City in 1986.
Now Hear This: Instant Karma! – John Lennon (1986)
My Sweet Lord was written by George Harrison in 1969 and was first recorded by Billy Preston in 1970. It was recorded at Olympic Studios in London. The recording features The Edwin Hawkins Singers on backing vocals. The recording was produced by Billy Preston and George Harrison. It was first released on the 1970 album Encouraging Words. My Sweet Lord was released as a single in America in 1970. The B-side was Little Girl.
The song was also recorded by George Harrison in 1970. A demo version was released in 2011 on the George Harrison: Living In The Material World soundtrack. The demo version features Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman. The studio version was first released on the album All Things Must Pass in 1970. That version features Ringo Starr on drums, Klaus Voorman on bass and Billy Preston on piano. A live version recorded in 1971 at The Concert For Bangladesh features Ringo Starr on drums, Klaus Voorman on bass and Billy Preston on Hammond organ. That version was released on the 1971 album The Concert For Bangladesh. Billy Preston also recorded the song live with King Curtis in 1971. That version was first released in 2005 on the box-set Don’t Fight The Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At Fillmore West. The song was played during a jam session for John Lennon’s birthday in 1971. The jam included John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Phil Spector among others. Billy Preston performed the song live during George Harrison’s 1974 North American tour. A live version recorded by George Harrison in Japan in 1991 was released on the 1992 album Live In Japan. George Harrison re-recorded the song in 2000. That version features Dhani Harrison on acoustic guitar. It was released in 2001 on the remastered version of the All Things Must Pass album. Billy Preston performed the song live in 2002 at the Concert For George. He was joined on stage by Paul McCartney on piano, Ringo Starr on drums and Dhani Harrison on acoustic guitar. That version was released on the 2003 album Concert For George.
Now Hear This: My Sweet Lord – George Harrison (1970)
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison And Friends (1971)
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison (1992)
My Sweet Lord (2000) – George Harrison (2001)
My Sweet Lord – Billy Preston (2003)
My Sweet Lord – King Curtis And Billy Preston (2005)
My Sweet Lord (Demo) – George Harrison (2011)
Ringo Starr and Dave Edmunds.
I Hear You Knocking was written by Dave Bartholomew and was first recorded by Smiley Lewis in 1955. Fats Domino recorded the song in 1961. Dave Edmunds recorded his version in 1970. His version was released as a single in 1970 with Black Bill on the B-side. The single went to number one on the UK Singles chart and number four on the Billboard chart. John Lennon liked the song saying “I always liked simple rock. There’s a great one in England now, ‘I Hear You Knocking’”. George Harrison also liked the song. He played it with Phil Spector during a jam session in 1971. I Hear You Knocking was part of the repertoire of The Pete Best Band. They recorded it live in Liverpool in 1988. That version was released in 1992 on the album Live At The Adelphi, Liverpool 1988. The song was part of the repertoire of Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band and was sung by Dave Edmunds. A live version from 2000 was released on the 2001 album The Anthology…So Far.
Now Hear This : I Hear You Knocking – The Pete Best Band (1992)
I Hear You Knocking – Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band (2001)
Get Back was written by Paul McCartney but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1969. Doris Troy recorded her version in 1969. That version features George Harrison and Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voormann on bass, Ringo Starr on drums and Billy Preston on keyboards. Get Back was released as the B-side to Jacob’s Ladder in 1970.
Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Vol. 1
This four-album compilation box set was released by RCA Records in 1970. It is made up of songs recorded by Elvis Presley between 1956 and 1969. The box set contains a total of forty-five tracks and includes Heartbreak Hotel, All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock, Wooden Heart, and In The Ghetto. The album reached number forty-five on the Billboard chart. John Lennon owned a copy of the album.
1) Heartbreak Hotel
2) I Was The One
3) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
4) Don’t Be Cruel
5) Hound Dog
6)Love Me Tender
1) Any Way You Want Me
2) Too Much
3) Playing For Keeps
4) All Shook Up
5) That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
6) Loving You
1) (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
2) Jailhouse Rock
3) Treat Me Nice
4) I Beg Of You
6) Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
7) Hard Headed Woman
1) I Got Stung
2) A Fool Such As I
3) A Big Hunk O’ Love
4) Stuck On You
5) A Mess Of Blues
6) It’s Not Or Never
1) I Gotta Know
2) Are You Lonesome Tonight?
4) I Feel So Bad
5) Little Sister
6) Can’t Help Falling In Love
1) Rock-A-Hula Baby
2) Anything That’s Part Of You
3) Good Luck Charm
4) She’s Not You
5) Return To Sender
6) Where Do You Come From
7) One Broken Heart For Sale
1) (You’re The) Devil In Disguise
2) Bossa Nova Baby
3) Kissin’ Cousins
4) Viva Las Vegas
5) Ain’t That Loving You Baby
6) Wooden Heart
1) Crying In The Chapel
2) If I Can Dream
3) In The Ghetto
4) Suspicious Minds
5) Don’t Cry Daddy
6) Kentucky Rain
7) Elvis Sails